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Aran Island , County Clare

Inishmore (7635 acres) , Inishmaan (2253 acres) and Inisheer (1400 acres) lie about 30 miles off the Galway Coast and even today remain relatively isolated. Fishing is done from currachs , fragile-looking boats covered in tarred canvas , and the islanders have cultivated small pockets of soil using seaweed and sand. Kilronan on Inishmore is […]

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Benbulben , Dartry Mountains , County Sligo

Rising to 1722ft , the unmistakable ‘table-topped’ shape fo this mountain dominates the countryside around Sligo Town. There are panoramic views from its summit , where many alpine plant species can be found. W. B. Yeats was just one of this mountains fans , and his wish to be buried in its sight was granted […]

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Pleasure in Pubs , Dublin

The ancient Celts of Europe held great drinking-parties at which tribal bonds were secured and treaties were made. The principal drink on such occasions was called coirm , a kind of ale made from a mash of barley or wheat fermented in water. The ancient Irish too drank this ale , while they listened to […]

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Foxford , County Mayo

Situated on the River Moy with views of the Ox mountains to the North East. The Providence Woollen Mills , where the famous Foxford rugs are made , was founded in 1892 by Agnes Morrogh Bernard to stop emigration from the area. Though some of the products have changed the mill still operates today , […]

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Blarney , County Cork

Although it is best noted for its tweed industry in the 18th century , Blarney has become best known for the Blarney Stone , set in the castle’s battlements 83ft above the ground. According to legend kissing the stone – and it is no easy task – bestows the gift of eloquence. Tradition has it […]

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Bandon , County Cork

This market town , which straddles the River Bandon , is a popular angling centre. It was established by the Earl of Cork , Richard Boyle , in 1608. Boyle , who arrived from England with only £20 , a diamond ring , a gold bracelet and his clothes , acquired huge tracts of land […]

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Skibbereen , County Cork

A lively West Cork town which has become the agricultural and industrial centre for the area. Skibbereen is home to a growing community of artists , craftworkers and writers , many from Continental Europe , who use the West Cork Arts Centre on Main St as a focal point. There is a small local folk […]

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Clifden , County Galway

A popular town with a selection of lively pubs and restaurants. Clifden is sited at the Northern end of Clifden Bay , the Twelve Pins provide a spectacular scenic backdrop to the town. There is a choice of strands and sheltered coves for bathing within walking distance. Just North from the town is a 14ft […]

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Kildare , County Kildare

Once an important ecclesiastical centre , and a Norman stronghold , but now famed as the centre of Irish house-breeding and training industry. The National Stud is on the outskirts of the own in Tully. St. Brigid founded a convent here in the 5th or 6th century and an adjoining monastery was built a little […]

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Castlebar , County Mayo

A tree-bordered green is the focal point of this busy county town. It has been a town of stature since the 16th century , receiving a royal charter from James I in 1613. A variety of wars , however , has meant that little of the old settlement remains. Historically it is best known for […]