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You'll have never seen a place more green. Hundreds of shades of it, with waterfalls and babbling brooks. Gleninchaquin is something out of a dream—yet it's the beautiful reality in Southwest Ireland. This family-owned park, overseen by Donal and...
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Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland
We had intended to return to Galway for the night after a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in December 2009, but were so drawn to the remote coastal beauty of the area that we spent the full day exploring. As dusk approached we began to look for a...
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Main St, Grove, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Visiting this cheese shop was like touring Costco during Christmas. Samples, my friends. Samples. I've never tried so many different cheeses in my entire life, and I'm certain I left this little shop lactose intolerant. And I would do it over in a...
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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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Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland
If you've ever dreamed of living in your own Gothic romance novel, consider staying at the Adare Manor Hotel in picturesque Adare, Ireland. This sumptuous hotel and golf resort is located in Ireland's 'Prettiest Village.' It is home to a...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, 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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Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick doesn't draw nearly as many visitors as some of its neighbors — not with trendy destinations like Cork and County Clare nearby. Perhaps it has something to do with the nickname; Stab City doesn't roll off the tongue and, well, it would...
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Brockagh, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
While I'm usually not a fan of organized tours, our quick trip to Dublin had me looking for the most efficient way to see some of the Irish countryside without the luxury of time to explore too far outside of the city. Enter Wild Wicklow Tours. We...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Adare is known as Ireland's most beautiful village and I saw why when we got there. There are such beautiful houses there. I adore thatches! It is absolutely charming. If you do not believe them or me, check for yourself :)
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Muckross, The Demesne, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ruins of a 550 year old Abbey on Muckross Estate in the Kilarney National Park, Ireland.
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Galway, Ireland
It was a slog to get to the Aran Islands. My ticket read MSP to ORD to LON to DUB to GWY, but the abbreviations do nothing to shorten the trip. From Galway, a bus to Rossaveel, from Rossaveel a ferry to Kilronan and finally a van driven by Enda to...
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Rosroe, Co. Galway, Ireland
No, this is not a mistake, I am not writing about Norway. Quickly defined, a fjord is a very deep and narrow inlet originally formed by glacial movement, which can be identified by steep cliffs or mountains flanking either side. The Killary Fjord...
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Slea Head, Ireland
The roads in Ireland are incredibly narrow, and those in the western-most part of the Dingle peninsula at Slea Head are no exception. For those that are brave and set out with an adventurous spirit and good insurance coverage, views such as this...
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Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
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Manor Ct, Blackabbey, Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
We took a day trip to Adare and of course we visited the Manor which is very impressive. It's a luxury hotel now and being that we are budget travelers we did not stay in it but we had some great cappuccinos and Mojitos in the lounge. That tree...
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Laragh West, Newtown Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
The Wicklow mountains are said to be thick with gold. They're the first thing you see when you fly into Dublin, with the strangely sloping conical head of the Sugar Loaf rearing up majestically in the distance. There is a hiking trail called the...
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Market St, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland
Mitchell's was very well rated online and rightfully so. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and pleasant staff. The seafood was extremely fresh and if you asked, they could tell you where it all came from. I would love to go back and eat my...
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Kerry, Ballycarbery East, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Crumbling Ballycarbery Castle, near the town of Cahersiveen, is a beautiful 16th Century ruin, and one of the most impressive ancient sites we visited on our Emerald Isle adventure. It was made even more glorious by the almost complete lack of...
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27 Kingspark, Scrahane, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 H6F8, Ireland
The clouds threatened, the rain tumbled, and the mercury had gone into hiding. Boat tour? Sure! It started at Ross Castle and half our group had already bailed. Fair weather types. I was going anyway. When in Ireland! So along with three other...
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4 John St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 K039, Ireland
Doyle's is a great place to go for local, fresh seafood in Dingle. The servers were very friendly and my warm goat cheese salad (pictured) and seafood risotto was absolutely delicious. At my table we also had oysters, seafood chowder and crab...
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Lower Main St, Aghamore, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
West of Dublin in the heart of Ireland sits the country's oldest working still and the oldest continually licensed distillery in the world. Formerly Locke's Distillery, Locke's is now the name of the museum that contains some of the original...
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Gurteen North, Annascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Traipsing through the Dingle Peninsula gives you plenty of moments to reflect on life as it used to be and the many people that have gone before us. On a self guided hiking trip arranged through Southwest Walks Ireland, we had left our lodging in...
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Darrynane Beg, Co. Kerry, Ireland
While on our driving adventures and explorations in southern Ireland, we were informed by guidebooks and approaching signs that "The Most Scenic View in County Kerry" was a must-see and rapidly approaching. Being unsure of the informal signs, my...
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Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland
Just getting to the fabulous Aran Islands is an adventure. Planes make the short run from County Galway, swooping down to one of three short landing strips. Or you can take a boat over the often-lively swells from Doolin or Connemara; either way,...
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Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Christian monks chose the Skelligs, two rocky islets lying seven miles off the coast of County Kerry, as a place to live in peaceful isolation in the 6th century, where they built cylindrical stone beehive huts. Lucasfilm chose...
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2 Church St, Knockaunroe, Corofin, Co. Clare, V95 T9V6, Ireland
South of Galway in neighboring County Clare is one of Ireland’s, if not Western Europe’s, unique landscapes: the extraordinary, lunarlike limestone scenery of the Burren. (Its name derives from the Gaelic word boíreann, which...
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Front Lodge, Front Lodge, Blarney Castle, Shean Lower, Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland
From the bottom of the castle it does not look too bad, you really think it's a breeze to kiss the stone but once up there, with the wind in your face and looking down at the big hole...I was not as brave. People in front of me refused to do it...
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English Market, Grand Parade, Centre, Cork, Ireland
This covered food market dates back to 1786 (there has been a market on the site since 1610) and today it’s a bustling indoor food market with everything from fresh fish to spices, cheeses, oils and homemade cakes on sale. It's also a hub of...
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Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
The bleak, windswept landscape of Connemara in the West of Ireland is characterized by bogs, lakes, mountains, and miles of stone walls. Connemara National Park is one of the best places to appreciate this unique landscape, with more than 7,000...
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Qian Jin Mei Shi Fu, ChangFeng ShangQuan, Xiaodian Qu, Taiyuan Shi, Shanxi Sheng, China, 030012
Walk down the stairs to this cozy, red restaurant, and the room is filled with the scent of lemongrass. My Thai companions told me, as they ordered, that this was "the only proper Thai food" in Limerick. And it was some of the finest I've had--the...
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Ballycarbery East, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Cahergall Stone Fort is one of three accessible stone forts in the Ring of Kerry. We found this one the most impressive and the most fun to walk around in. All three of these forts were built in early A.D. and originally built with no mortar....
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Kilkenny, Ireland
A row of rather colorful houses backdropped against a grey sky noticed while walking through Kilkenny, Ireland, a rather small town with a castle and an old church south of Dublin.
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Driving along the Dingle Peninsula with no real sense of direction, my family and I learned that some of the true gems of the Emerald Isle are to be discovered off the beaten path. An internal compass guided us toward the prehistoric Dunbeg Fort....
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The Rock, Moor Ln, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
As the bus weaved around a few crooked corners the Rock of Cashel manifested before us behind a veil of mist. Perched on top of a lush green hill overlooking what’s known as the Golden Vale of Tipperary County. This Golden Vale refers to the view....
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Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Set 15 minutes away from the small town of Letterfrack in the wild west of Ireland, the Renvyle House Hotel sits on a craggy peninsula overlooking the Atlantic. This country estate features cozy rooms, a wood-paneled lobby, and food to die for. I...
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Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish (which means “valley of two lakes”), is a quiet, picturesque valley near the Wicklow Mountains. Its 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin is one of the most...
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Loop Head, Ireland
From the time you arrive in Ireland you’ll be rewarded for every step you take rambling. Explore the towns like Dublin, Galway, and Cork, where you never know what surprise—whether historic, fanciful, or refreshing—will lie...
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After my rehearsal dinner at the Zetland House in Cashel Bay, we boarded our bus to take the short trip to Roundstone to go pub hopping. We settled into O'Dowd's where many of my American guests enjoyed an evening in their first true Irish Pub....
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38-39 Shop St, Galway, H91 T2N7, Ireland
If you like to create your own picnics while travelling, and who doesn't, this place is a mecca of fine food. Carrying a host of local products and running a fine deli counter you will find everything you need to build a beautiful meal or stock up...
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Dunloe Upper, Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ireland is known for many things: traditional music in intimate pub settings, prolific pints of dark brown Guinness, fierce and independent Irish folk, endless acres of healthy green pasture, and extremely narrow and windy roads that make...
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15 High St, Galway, Ireland
High Street in Galway's Latin Quarter is like the better behaved, older sister of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Every weekend, it's packed with a high-energy mix of college students, tourists and locals. We just so happened to visit during the...
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Main St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
I did not have high expectations for Ireland food-wise - I pictured potatoes and boring bar food. I'm so glad to say that I was proven wrong...especially while in Kenmare. This meal is in my top 5 of all time so far (yes it was that good). Our...
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Quay St, Galway, Ireland
We stayed at the Park House hotel here for 4 nights as Galway is conveniently located to take the tour up to Connemara and down to Cliffs of Moher. Overall we really enjoyed Galway itself. Great little town with amazing food off of Quay street...
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Co. Clare, Ireland
The Celts were a strange lot. Like the Egyptians, they believed that death was a transition to something else, so created elaborate tombs to house their kings and queens. Their 'dolmens', or passage tombs, can be found all over Ireland, but there...
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Inchinaleega East, Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Of all the continents, Europe especially needs to be seen and understood in its most simple, honest villages. One such place is located in Kerry County, Ireland in the unimaginably beautiful village of Sneem. Located 235 miles southwest from...
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...