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Belfast Wall Murals

These are political wall paintings and Belfast is famous for them. Belfast has a long tradition of Loyalist murals (loyalists are the group that want to remain part of the United Kingdom). The first one , painted in around 1908 , depicted the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 , when Protestant King William the third […]

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The Siege Of Derry (1690)

During the Williamite War, on April 18, 1690, Derry (Londonderry) locked out James 2 with cries of ” No surrender!” thus beginning the siege. Major Baker (replaced after his death by John Mitchelbourne) and Reverend Walker took over the command of the thirty thousand civilians, mostly refugees, and seven thousand troops in the city. The Jacobites […]

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The Legend of the Blarney Stone

For many centuries , as everyone knows , English monarchs tried to impose their will on Ireland. Queen Elizabeth 1 , eager to extend the influence of her government , sent a deputy to Cormac MacDermot MacCarthy, who was Lord of Blarney , and demanded that he take the tenure of his lands from the […]

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Battle of Kinsale

This battle took place on 25th December 1601……. XMAS DAY !!!!! It was the last battle of the “Nine Years War”.  A Spanish force , which landed at Kinsale , County Cork , to help the Irish , was besieged by an English army under Lord Mountjoy. Hugh O’Neill and his ally Red Hugh O’Donnell […]

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Cruise ship in Belfast 2010

If you are coming to Belfast on one of the forty or so  cruise ships due in Belfast this year….consider our private day tours. Our tours of Belfast , the North Coast , and so much more are great value for money and really let you see so much more than on a coach. You […]

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Irish Bogs

On any tour of Ireland…… with Ireland Luxury Tours….or not……you will come across a lot of bogland as you travel around the island. Seventeen percent of the land surface of Ireland is covered in bog. The word bog stems from the Irish word for “soft” – bogacb. Boglands began to form in Ireland about eight […]

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Pre-Christian Ireland (c.7000 B.C. – c. A.D.432)

On any tour of Ireland you will find yourself considering the history of the island. Lack of contemporaneous sources leaves us with little knowledge of the sociopolitical system of ancient Ireland.  By analyzing the legendary history as found in later sources, a tentative reconstruction can be made.  The Celtic and Celticized groups had dominance in […]

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County Kerry

Ireland Luxury Tours like to give potential clients as much information as possible to allow them to make informed choices on what they would like to see on tours of Ireland. This information on County Kerry is useful and interesting. Coastal county in the southwest of Ireland, in the province of Munster. Kerry, covering an […]

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Day tours out of Belfast

If you are on a cruise ship in Belfast…..or at a local hotel…..Check out our great Belfast tours and beyond. They range between 5 hours and 8 hours and cover the North Coast , Giants Causeway , Dunluce Castle , Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge , Mountains of Mourne , Fermanagh , Devenish Island , Ards peninsula […]

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Ireland – A land of Saints

Every area of Ireland has its particular saint, as do more or less all days in the Irish calender. Apart from Patrick, Columba and Brendan, the best known, there are a number of others worthy of special mention here. Among them is St. Brigid founded a religious order which reputedly featured a perpetual fire tended […]