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Monaghan , County Monaghan

The county town has some remains of a 15th century friary near The Diamond. The nearby ornate Victorian drinking fountain is a memorial to a Baron Rossmore. A museum tracing the history of the St. Louis order and the county is housed in the St. Louis Convent. Monaghan is a real hidden gem and is […]

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Ballinrobe , County Mayo

The town , on the Robe River , and near both Lough Mask and Lough Carra , is a popular angling base. On its outskirts are the remains of a 14th century Augustinian friary. About 4 miles South West is Lough Mask House. This was the residence of Capt. Charles Boycott , the agent of […]

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Galway City , County Galway

The chief town of Connacht , and a thriving industrial and university town. It has become home to a very lively arts movement , which includes the Druid Theatre , An Taibhdhearc , and Macnas , which stages spectacular street pageants. The town began with the seizure of an O’Halloran settlement and fort by the […]

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Lough Gur , County Limerick

The area around the lake is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. There is a centre housed in replica Neolithic dwellings. Its exhibits tell the story of 5000 years of human in-habitation at the lough. The surrounding area is full of archaeological features , including crannogs , a gallery grave (where 12 bodies dating […]

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Rathcroghan , County Roscommon

This grossly undeveloped area , which was a burial place for the Kings of Ireland and Connacht , covers 518 hectares. Over 20 ring forts , burial mounds and megalithic tombs can be found here , and a 6ft high standing stone is said to mark the grave of King Daithi , Ireland’s last pagan […]

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Cork City , County Cork

Ireland’s third city after Dublin and Belfast , though Corkonians would say otherwise. The settlement began as a monastery , founded by St. Finbarr in the 7th century , on an Island in the swampy Lee estuary; its Irish name Corcaigh means ‘marsh’. It was raided by the Vikings , who later returned to settle […]

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Mallow , County Cork

This prosperous town is the largest settlement along the scenic Blackwater Valley. Up to a century ago it was renowned as a spa. A half-timbered Elizabethan Clock House and the ruins of the 16th century Mallow Castle are the main features of the town centre. Outside the town is 18th century Longueville House , now […]

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Ballina , County Mayo

The county’s largest town , and also a popular base with anglers eager to fish the waters of Lough Conn , nearby Killala Bay or the River Moy , which is famous for its salmon. The town was captured by Gen. Humbert during the 1798 Rebellion. As the Franco-Irish troops skirmished with the English on […]

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Lisdoonvarna , County Clare

The town is famous for its unique mineral waters , containing sulphur and lithium , iron and manganese. Here you can sample the revolting sulphur water – ‘eggy water’ – at the Pump House. People have come here to ‘take the waters’ since the 18th century. The town is probably best known these days for […]

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Achill Island , County Mayo

Achill Island is the largest island off the Irish coast has been connected to the mainland by bridge since 1888. The seaside resort if Doorgort is at the base of the Island’s highest point , Slievemore (2204ft). There is a 2 mile sandy beach at Keel , bordered to the East by the spectacular Cathedral […]