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The Custom House, erected between the years 1781 and 1791, at a cost of £546,000, is the finest public building in Dublin; it represents the flowering of Dublin commerce and Irish parliamentary power in the 18th century. James Gandon, whose master piece it was, and...

The ‘Bonny Banks’ and ‘Bonny Braes’ of Loch Lomond have long been Glasgow’s rural retreat – a scenic region of hills, lochs, and healthy fresh air within easy reach of Scotland’s largest city. Since the 1930’s Glaswegians have made a regular weekend exodus to the...

Groined by deep glens and walled along the west by the bare hilltops and the tufted moors, this rim of arable that ends in foam…   The lovely Nine Glens bite deeply into the basalts of the Antrim plateau and into the hard overlays of modern history....

The remote Cowal Peninsula is cut off from the rest of the country by the lengthy fjords of Loch Long and Lough Fyne – it’s an area more accessible by boat than by car. It is comprised of narrow hills and rugged lochs with only...

To see the landscape of Tuscany for the first time is like looking at the Old Masters; only they have been cleaned and are life-size. To see the lakes of Killarney for the first time is to realise that this haunting luxuriance of mountain, waterfall,...

A market town on the River Suir, long associated with the Butler family, later Earls of Ormond. A priory was established at the end of the 12th or beginning of the 13th century for the canons regular of St Augustine. Later the lands formed part...

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a curious event, tiny in comparison with the rebellion of 1798, for instance, with only about 2000 people actively taking part in it. It was disastrously badly organised and commanded very little public support, but its martyred hero’s glow...

Basking on the shores of Loch Linnhe amid magnificent mountain scenery, Fort William has one of the most enviable settings in the whole of Scotland.   Magical Glen Nevis begins near the northern end of the town and wraps itself around the southern flank of Ben Nevis...

Loughside, mid-way up the western shore is Sketrick Castle. This large, four storey tower house guarded the causeway to Sketrick Island and was actively involved in warfare in the 16th century. The immediacy and need for the defence is vitally evident in this watery landscape....

Kerry has a clean beauty of bone about it denied to the other more fleshy counties of Ireland, for although this southwest corner was notably glaciated in the Ice Age it was not overcoated by Drift to the same extent. Clear hard outlines and boldly-drawn...