Carlow Town , County Wexford
As such, it has a bloody history , with its most terrible battle during the 1798 Rebellion , when over six hundred rebels were slaughtered.
Today there's nothing to suggest its former frontier status , and this small , busy town is distinguished only by a fine Classical courthouse with a portico modelled on the Parthenon , an elegant Regancy Gothic cathedral - one of the first Catholic churches to be built after Catholic Emancipation in 1829 - and the remains of the once proud Norman Castle , which lie beside the river at the West end of town.
Otherwise , there's plenty on local military , religious , and folk history in the museum , housed in the town hall on Centaur Street.
So its well worth a visit on any Ireland tours , for some of these hidden gems.