Destinations

Aran Islands

Group of three islands on the west coast of Ireland

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County Cork

County Cork (Irish: Contae Chorcaí), in Southwest Ireland is the largest county in the Republic of Ireland and also the location of the country's second largest city. This means that its inhabitants have a reasonable sense of their status. It also has a very long coastline and many items of interest for the visitor.

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Cliffs of Moher

cliffs in Western Ireland, on the Atlantic shore

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Dublin

capital city of Ireland

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Connemara

cultural region in County Galway, Ireland

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Galway

city in Ireland

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County Donegal

county in Ireland

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Kilkenny

city in County Kilkenny, Ireland

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Dingle Peninsula

(Corca Dhuibhne) — a Gaeltecht region (Irish-speaking district) in the very South West corner of Ireland

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Limerick

city in Ireland in the province of Munster

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Waterford

city in the Republic of Ireland

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Skellig Michael

and — (Sceilg Mhichíl) in County Kerry

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Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is probably the most visited attraction in Ireland outside of Dublin.

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Kinsale

town in County Cork, Ireland

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Glendalough

Monestary and glacial valley, Wicklow, Ireland

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Cork

city in Munster, Ireland

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Sligo

main town in county Sligo, Ireland

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Letterkenny

town in County Donegal, Ireland

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Killarney

town in County Kerry, Ireland

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Sights

Trinity College Dublin

constituent college of the University of Dublin in Ireland

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County Clare

county in Ireland

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County Kilkenny

county in Ireland

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University College Cork

constituent university of the National University of Ireland

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Achill Island

island

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Irish Museum of Modern Art

Modern & contemporary art, formal gardens & café.

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Aviva Stadium

football and rugby stadium in Dublin

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Samuel Beckett Bridge

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this is a harp-shaped cable-stay road bridge of 120 m. It spans the river between North Wall Quay (in Docklands, north bank) and Sir John Rogerson's Quay (near Grand Canal Square, south bank) and the whole contraption hinges through 90 degrees to let ships pass. Daytime it's busy with traffic and is most scenic when floodlit at night. Calatrava also designed the James Joyce bridge upstream.

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Dublin Castle

castle

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Killarney National Park

national park in Kerry, Ireland

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General Post Office, Dublin

The GPO is the headquarters of the Post Office in Ireland, built in Neo-Classical style 1814-1818. In 1916 it was occupied by Irish rebels led by PH Pearse, who read the Proclamation of the Republic outside the front door of the building. The interior was burnt out by shelling from government forces against the rebels, but the exterior survived. Subsequently the GPO was restored, reopening in 1929, and remains a busy working post office. It formerly hosted An Post Museum: this closed in 2015 but you can view the collection online.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Dating back to the 11th century, this is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. The oldest part is the large crypt, where amongst the items on display are a mummified cat and a rat, which got themselves stuck in the church organ in the 19th C.

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Croke Park

Catch a hurling or Gaelic football game at this 82,300 capacity, state-of-the-art stadium. These sports are uniquely Irish. Hurling is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest field sport, with the ball (called a sliotar) reaching speeds above 130 km/h. Gaelic football can best be described as a combination of soccer and rugby. To keep the sports "pure," it maintains an amateur status, with each parish in Ireland having a team — the inter-county games are generally extremely well-supported, so you may have difficulty getting tickets for the bigger matches. Tours of the GAA museum and the stadium are also available, including a chance to try your hand at the sports themselves. You can also walk across the roof of one of the biggest stadiums in Europe, which provides great views of the city's skyline.

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Hugh Lane Gallery

This public gallery has permanent and temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. It also houses Francis Bacon's studio which was relocated in 2001 from London.

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Rock of Cashel

castle in County Tipperary, Ireland

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Spire of Dublin

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Guinness Storehouse

Museum and visitor attraction

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Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

This is just a few minutes away from the Elizabeth fort and much easier to find. A fine 19th-century Gothic Revival building. Visible from the back is a golden angel high upon a tower.

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Tallaght Stadium

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Enniskerry

village in County Wicklow, Ireland

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Ha'penny Bridge

footbridge

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Castlecomer

town in Leinster, Ireland

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St John's Cathedral (Limerick)

Limerick

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Grianan of Aileach

fort in County Donegal, Ireland

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Ross Castle

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Blarney Castle

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Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama.

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Brú Na Bóinne Archaeological Park

Brú na Bóinne (English: "Palace of the Boyne") is an internationally important complex of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones, henges and other prehistoric enclosures located in a wide meander of the River Boyne in Ireland.

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Powerscourt Estate

estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland

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St Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny

cathedral

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Muckross Abbey

Beautiful ruin of a Franciscan friary that was founded in 1448. The ruin is completely open (except when certain sections undergo restoration work) and you can wander through the rooms independently.

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Brú na Bóinne

archaeological site

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Church of St Anne, Shandon

The tower and bells are symbols of the city, and overlook it from the north. Visitors are allowed to ring the bells. This church is in a conservation area.

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Rothe House

A unique Tudor merchant's house built between 1594 and 1610. On a burgage plot, it comprises three houses, three cobble-stoned courtyards and a half-acre restored Tudor garden behind the house. Rothe House contains Kilkenny Archeological Society's history museum and archive library.

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Portmagee

village in County Kerry, Ireland

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Kells Priory

One of Ireland's best intact priories. The priory, surrounded by its old walls, was built in 1193. You are free to wander throughout the whole complex. There is a Round Tower and High Cross nearby in Kilree. There is a parking lot above the priory, but the more beautiful way to enter is by parking near Mullin's Mills and walk along the river. It is well worth a visit.

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Muckross House

This area of the park also boasts the "Muckross Traditional Farms", a perfect outing for the kids. A ring walk (not very long, approx 2 hours from start to finish, including stops), leads you past several 'traditional farmhouses'. These farmhouses demonstrate 'the way we were'. During the summer, there are often litters of kittens and puppies, which the children will be delighted with as you watch the demonstrations of soda bread and butter making, a sample of which will be given to you if you behave!

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RDS Arena

stadium in Dublin, Ireland

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Dunmore Cave

The show cave is incredibly well developed and is a wonder to walk around. Guided tours only.

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Cathedral of St. Eunan and St. Columba

church in Co. Donegal, Ireland

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Charles Fort (Ireland)

This is a 17th century star shaped fort, which is very well preserved and has seen very little military action. 45 minute tours depart every hour, last entry 45 min before closing. Open mid Mar-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, rest of year 10:00-17:00.

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Sligo Abbey

Founded by Maurice Fitzgerald in 1253, destroyed by fire in 1414, rebuilt in its present form; the Abbey was burned in 1642 and everything valuable in it was destroyed. Much of the structure, including the choir, carved altar and cloisters remain.

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Dún Aonghasa

fort

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Powerscourt Waterfall

Waterfall in Wicklow, Ireland

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Sandymount

suburb of Dublin, Ireland

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O'Brien's Tower

You can climb O'Brien's Tower for the highest vantage point on the cliffs. O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornellius O'Brien, a descendant of Ireland's High King Brian Boru, in 1835, as an observation tower for the hundreds of tourists that frequented the cliffs even at that date. From the watchtower, one can view the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk Mountains and the Twelve Bens to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.

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Fitzgerald Stadium

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Ballycroy National Park

national park

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Rathfarnham Castle

castle in Rathfarnham, South Dublin, Ireland

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Desmond Castle

Built c. 1500 by the Earl of Desmond as a custom house, this is a well-preserved tower house. The Castle is known locally as the French Prison following a fire in which 54 French prisoners died in 1747. The building was later used as an ancillary workhouse during the Famine. Admission €2.90, covered by Heritage Card, open Apr-Oct daily 10:00-18:00, last entry 17:15, tours given on request, closed Nov-mid Apr.

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St Stephen's Green

Pleasant Victorian public park. Note the Fusiliers' Arch, constructed in 1907 to commemorate the Royal Dublin Fusiliers who fell in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).

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James's Fort

This is an older fort on the other side of the river and in much poorer condition.

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Bull Island

A large recreation area. Bull Island has a 5-km (3-mi) beach, Dollymount Strand (Dublin's best beach), and is an important habitat for birds. Also nearby the island is St Anne's Park, a former Guinness family home estate, which has ponds, follies, walks and a world-famous Rose Garden, as well as a coffee shop and artists' studios. The ideal way to visit them is by bicycle. Go via Amien's St, North Strand, Fairview and then follow the coastline. There is an excellent bike path almost all the way. It can also be accessed by walking from Clontarf Road DART station or bus route 130 from the city centre.

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Jeanie Johnston

The original Jeanie Johnston was a 3-masted barque sailing between County Kerry and North America 1847-1855, taking Irish emigrants west in the Great Famine, and bringing timber back east. No lives were ever lost aboard, even during her final sinking. The present ship is a replica launched in 2000, and berthed here to act as a museum. The ship has previously made cruises and served as a training vessel, but since 2010 she's not been seaworthy, and the repairs appear unaffordable.

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Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House is a theatre and opera house in Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

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Farmleigh

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Grangegorman Military Cemetery

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Croaghaun

mountain in County Mayo, Ireland

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Torc Waterfall

A beautiful waterfall in the Killarney National Park. Covered in tours of local attractions.

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Carrowmore

Megalithic cemetery in County Sligo, Ireland

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Temple Bar, Dublin

neighbourhood of Dublin in Ireland

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The Little Museum of Dublin

Housed in a Georgian townhouse on St. Stephen's Green, this displays the 20th C social, cultural and political history of Dublin city, with many artefacts donated by Dubliners. Visit by guided tour every 30-60 mins.

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Innisfallen Island

island

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Ranelagh

settlement in Dublin, Ireland

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Elizabeth Fort

Offers a good view over the city. However, it is not easily seen from the city. From Southgate Bridge, go up Barrack Street and turn right. The Elizabeth Fort Market Festival takes place on Sundays inside the historic fort walls and features Irish-made crafts, gourmet food, and entertainment. There is a police station within the fort.

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O'Connell Street

road in Dublin, Ireland

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Merrion Square

This large stately square is filled with grassy and shady areas and surrounded by Georgian red-brick houses. At the northwest corner is a life-sized statue of the writer and dramatist Oscar (draw breath) . . . Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900), who grew up at No. 1 here. He's depicted sprawled on the embankment, with a lop-sided smirk, as if totally wasted. (As if!) Two short marble columns are covered in his quotable quotes. On the surrounding buildings, plaques commemorate other notable residents, such as the Duke of Wellington. The fine architecture continues south, along Mount Street Upper and Fitzwilliam Street Lower. The neo-classical government buildings on Upper Merrion St can be visited by free guided tour Saturdays hourly 10:30-13:30, pick up tickets in the National Gallery lobby.

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Pearse Museum

biographical museum in Dublin, Ireland

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Wicklow Gap

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Eyre Square

public park in Galway, Ireland

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Spanish Arch

arch in Galway city, Ireland

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Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Disambiguation page providing links to topics that could be referred to by the same search term

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Cork Racecourse

A mixed course (flat and jumps), originally named Mallow (given its location), and is close to where an early steeplechase was conjectured to have been run in 1752.

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Keem Bay

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Moher Tower

A square stone ruin which appears to be the remains of a watchtower placed to monitor the coastline for invading fleets during Napoleon's reign in Europe.

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Town Hall Theatre (Galway)

theatre in Galway, Ireland

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Dartry

suburb in Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

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Butler House, Kilkenny

This stunning chateau-like building is one of the residences of the Butler family, who ruled Kilkenny for many years. It has a lovely small suburban garden. During Arts week in August it is used a venue for exhibitions.

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Fitzgerald's Park

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