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We weren't going to leave Ireland without seeing some legitimate bogs. This road, which we don't think even has a route number, delivers the boggage. It's in the Connemara, and we drove there on a day trip from Galway. You take N59 to R341 and...
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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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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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8 Quay Ln, Galway, Ireland
It’s hard not to feel loud and American when dining in this traditional Irish tea house, especially when trying to decipher the long list of teas, from the traditional to the exotic, all served by the pot. They offer freshly baked pies,cakes, and...
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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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Galway, Co. Galway, Ireland
This pub has been around since 1894 and holds down a corner in the pedestrian area of Galway. Not only is it old but it houses the best selection of whiskey and scotch in Galway (or so I've been told). Whiskey novices and connoisseurs alike will...
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14 Church Yard St, Galway, H91 X2R5, Ireland
These folks are serious about their cheese. This cheese empire started with a stall at the local food market and has been growing ever since. Their focus is on artisanal producers from around europe but with a strong focus on Irish suppliers. They...
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2 Sea Rd, Galway, Ireland
If you visit this pub you could find yourself in the middle of a traditional Irish music jam session with as many as 22 musicians. This happened on my second visit - and we went most nights just to see what was happening. Grab a pint and then head...
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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
Galway is a must on any tour of Ireland and The Stop is the perfect place to rest your design loving heart. The rooms are simple and the house is filled with artwork and quirky touches. Breakfast is a highlight with a focus on locally sourced...
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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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38 Father Griffin Rd, Galway, Ireland
There's a level of comfort to Kilcullen House in Galway that's not unlike spending a few days with your favorite relative. Carefully curated artwork of festivals and landscapes can be found throughout the house, either in the cozy living area or...
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Fisher Street, Doolin Court Holiday Homes, Co. Clare, Ireland
Here's a secret (said no one ever): Ireland has a wonderful Bed and Breakfast culture. Fisherman's Rest is run by Danny, one of the country's great hosts. Breakfast is served with a side of saucy story, O'Connor's Pub (and the traditional music...
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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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Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 FY67, Ireland
After a delicious dinner at Gus O'Connor's Pub in remote Doolin, Ireland we stayed to enjoy a Trad music session which held us in rapt attention. The Guinness was flowing and the craic was truly mighty; the gifted local musicians sang and played...
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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...
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Moyarta East, Co. Clare, Ireland
The Long Dock is a pub in the fishing village of Carrigaholt, specializing in local seafood. The seafood chowder, pictured here, was a light, tangy chowder filled with fresh fish and potato; it was so creamy it was like eating warm silk. The...
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Clare, Leamaneh North, Co. Clare, Ireland
In the wild limestone vastness of the Burren in county Clare stands a dilapidated castle, home of an ancient chief, Conor O'Brien and his wife Mary Rua (or Red Mary). The castle, Leamaneh (or Leaping Horse) is obviously host to a number of...
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Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
As we were leaving the charming town of Doolin, our B&B host suggested we stop in to this bakery nearby to pick up a treat for the road. Fabiola herself makes everything you see in the cafe - it's tempting to get one of each, but we decided on a...
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Derrygarve More, Ard Na Mara, Co. Mayo, Ireland
County Mayo is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. Untouristed (outside of Westport), there are lots of places to get lost for a while. My Irish friend, Aedín, drove down this road as we headed toward the coast. The scene before me was a...
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Ashford Castle Estate, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland
What trip to Ireland is complete without a stay in a castle hotel? Ashford fulfills even the wildest castle fantasies with its crenellated towers, medieval-looking canopy beds, and esteemed falconry program that lets guests explore its 350...
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Cashel Achill Island, Cashel, Co. Mayo, Ireland
"Want to go to the coziest pub in Ireland?" the waiter of the hotel restaurant I was eating at said when I asked where there was a good place to get a drink on Achill Island, located in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. He'd said three of...
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Tourmakeady, The Quay, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Our adventure family spend an enchanted week in the mountainous region of County May in the West of Ireland. We stayed on a sheep farm that was located on a mountain lake. It was a magical place for our girls to wake up on beautiful foggy Easter...
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Denmark St, Limerick, V94 K6WH, Ireland
Disclaimer: this is not the best photo I've ever taken, but I should be given a free pass - this was my first night in Ireland, and I was knee-deep in frothy stout. All. Night. Long. I'm shocked I was even able to operate my camera, or that it...
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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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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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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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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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3 George's Quay, Limerick, V94 K8KX, Ireland
A coworker and I took to the streets of Limerick for the short afternoon and evening that we would be in town. We'd read about the castle near our hotel and ventured out to take a look, but before we could reach the castle the pouring rain...
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Ireland
Take a leisurely day trip (or a couple of days) to drive around Inishowen, the largest of Donegal’s peninsulas and enjoy the rugged scenery, with remote beaches, stone forts, castle ruins and a military museum at Dunree Head to explore. The total...
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Ireland
A drive through the magnificent Glengesh Pass will bring you to Glencolmcille (Geann Cholm Cille in Irish), a small village on one of the most westerly points of Donegal, which was hard hit by emigration in the 1950s. It feels like one of the most...
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Dooey, Glencolumbkille, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Named after Saint Columba, Glencolmcille is set in a small coastal valley against a backdrop of magnificent mountain scenery. A few minutes outside the village, the cluster of small cottages of Glencolmcille Folk Village gives visitors a window...
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Lurganboy, Donegal, F94 W9NY, Ireland
This purpose-built village just outside Donegal Town showcases the very best of contemporary creations from artisans who live and work in the region. Crafts made via glassmaking, weaving, wood sculpting and delicate paper art are on display and...
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Ballynabooly, Co. Cork, Ireland
Before doing so in Ireland, I had never stayed at a traditional B&B. While the trend is becoming more popular in the United States and other countries, the Bed & Breakfast concept has been around for decades in Ireland. When I reached the small...
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Rathclaren, Farrannagark, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland
On the coast south of Cork, this beautiful house is tucked away among cow pastures. The beds are comfy, the bathrooms clean and spacious, the doggies are friendly, but the thing that really struck us was how blissfully quiet it was. They had...
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2 Lord Edward St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo, Ireland
Just spent a week in Sligo. Went to a fair number of places, and this was my favorite in town. They have a big bar menu - downstairs in the pub only - and a more expensive one for the restaurant upstairs - the Coach House. You can have food from...
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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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Distinctive little pub. On Sunday afternoon, they have a very pleasant casual traditional session. Maybe another night if you are lucky maybe they will have Rackhouse Pilfer, a great local bluegrass style band.
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Sligo, Ireland
Fun place to stay and experience Irish culture. Walk to the local pub for a pint. Listen to the music, traditional or folk. Stay for a while, the landscape outside the town is gorgeous and plentiful. Most travellers pass through for only a day so...
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Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland
Older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, the monument at Newgrange was built around 3,200 B.C.E. Its use is a mystery, although it was most likely a place of worship, and there are legends that it was used as a burial chamber. The...
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Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland
Even though Ireland is full of castles, it’s hard to beat the wonder of seeing the impressive Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in the country. With its ditch, curtain wall, and moat, the castle covers 300,000 square...