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     thatched cottages, castle 

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     kind of an up-scale place, other villages feel more "homey" 

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     One of the many lovely villages in Ireland! 

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    by mvtouring Written Nov 16, 2010

    The thing I read about and that I wanted to come and see. Lots of tourists around and parking is rather limited here in this area, but well worth seeing. Lol like I am not a tourist ;-)

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    by mvtouring Written Nov 16, 2010

    Walking around Adare and discovering the old cottage is quite a lot of fun and the people who lived here many years ago must have had a lot of fun but i suppose also hardship.

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    by mvtouring Written Nov 16, 2010

    Desmond Castle or fortress is said to have first been built by the O'Donovans, rulers of the region into the late 12th century, and afterwards to have passed into the possession of the Kildare branch of the FitzGerald dynasty, who may be responsible for the majority of the remains of the present fortress. Desmond Castle, as it is popularly known, stands on the north bank of the Maigue. An extensive renovation has been in progress on the castle since 1996 and supervised tours are offered in the summer months.

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    The thatched cottages house craft stores

    by kathycollins Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Adare is generally on the "tour bus" route, so things are marketted for tourists - food and accommodations are priced higher here! It is a lovely little town and worth a visit - but I wouldn't plan to stay here.

    Fun Alternatives: Try nearby NewcastleWest or Limerick for more moderately priced lodging!

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    by kathycollins Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Desmond Castle is undergoing restoration. When my niece and I went to sneak in to the construction site to see the castle, a foreman came along. After talking for a while he graciuosly invited us in. We had a unique opportunity to learn ALL about castle restoration from an expert. While I doubt many people could duplicate our experience it was too fantastic not to pass on, so my travelogue here has some ofthe pics I took of Desmond Castle, Adare.

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