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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
This castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion...
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Killadoon, Ard Na Mara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
My Irish friend, Aedín, and I were driving from Galway to Westport when suddenly she veered off the main road. "There's a great beach down this way, I think," she said to me. I was up for anything, seeing her country for the first time. We came...
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Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland
On a sunny September day, I took a walk along Streedagh beach in County Sligo, Ireland, with maritime archeologist Auriel Robinson of SeaTrails. It was an encounter with geologic time, pre-history, and centuries of Irish participation in world...
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This 15th-century castle near Athenry in County Galway, Ireland is hidden off a beautiful path in a forest that passes by a small creek on the way there. All you can hear are your own footsteps, the birds chirping and the bubbling of the creek as...
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Loughrask, Rent an Irish Cottage, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Wood Loop Path just outside Ballyvaghan, Ireland, isn't always well marked. I was quite happy to see this little purple-and-yellow sign letting me know I hadn't wandered too far afield. Living in a medium-sized city, it's never really quiet...
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The Square, Rinemackaderrig, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare, Ireland
The boat heads out into the silver-green water. I haven't brought the right jacket, so Susanne Magee, the co-owner of Dolphin Watch, brings me a thick, cozy one. We had out into the area where the Shannon River meets the Atlantic, to see some of...
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Sligo, Ireland
Only a few hours' train ride from Dublin, Sligo is a beautiful beach town that while quaint, has a lot to offer. The beaches draw a young surf community that hangs out in the local pub near the water. The mountain hiking offers wonderful views,...
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Slieve League, Shanbally, Co. Donegal, Ireland
You will need a head for heights to visit Slieve League; at 600 meters (2,000 feet), these are the fifth-tallest sea cliffs in Europe. What makes them so special is that they are also some of the most accessible ones. Nearly three times higher...
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What about a walk around the private lake or woods, admiring the parterre gardens and terraces, before retiring to one of the drawing rooms for afternoon tea in front of the open fire? At historic private country houses like Hilton Park in County...