Ireland Favorites

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Ireland Favorites

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    Dublin Favorites

    Southern Ireland Immigration website tells, If you are living in UK on a long term visa category you do not require a visa to travel. We (Me and my family members) made all arrangements and went to the airport on travel day. We were advised by airlines that in our visa page it is written as Entry rather than Visa and we cannot go. We wrote to the...

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  • City Walks, Shopping, and Towns Worth...

    Cork Favorites

    Cork is not too big a city,its suberbs do stretch out a bit but the city centre is small enough being about 1.5 mile squared. there are some interesting buildings in the city centre but most of the centre was burned down by the then occupying British forces in 1920,this episode is called,"The Burning of Cork", (Google it for more info) Here is a...

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  • Black Valley

    Killarney Favorites

    It's a very pretty little village in the hills with little more than a B&B, a hostel, small church, school, and a few houses. The village is near the Gap of Dunloe, so you can use it as a staging point for hikes into the surrounding mountains. There are no buses or any other public transportation that goes to Black Valley, but you can get there by...

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  • City walks and Towns worth visiting

    Galway Favorites

    I recently spent a week-end in Galway with my partner. We took the train from Dublin to Galway. We stayed at Lynfield Guesthouse in College Road. It was just a two to three minute walk from the train station. The B&B was wonderful, warm and well furnished. The breakfast was top quality with a choice of full Irish of continental. There were about...

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  • King John's Castle

    Limerick Favorites

    There is so many leyers in this city. Oldest part of the Limerick is around King John's Castle. I have'nt discovered everything yet. But this castle sure dominates the view of the city. Thomond Bridge is the earliest bridge in river Shannon. The current bridge was built in 1836, replacing the earlier bridge which was also alongside King John's...

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  • Kinsale Town

    Kinsale Favorites

    After we visited Charles Fort, we parked in town, walked all through the town and a local park, and ate lunch. While we were looking at the harbor during lunch we saw the head of an animal pop up. At first I thought it was an otter, but we realized eventually that it was a seal! After lunch we drove across the harbor to James Fort. After we visited...

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  • Historic sites of Waterford

    Waterford Favorites

    Explore the historic sites of Waterford. The cylindrical Reginald's Tower is Irelands most historic urban monument which is more than a thousand years old. The tower is located in the quay area of the city. Not far away are the impressive medieval city walls and the ruined French Church from 1240 (see photo).

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  • Fungie

    Dingle Favorites

    So when my friend saw all of these people taking pictures of the Fungi statue she was really confused. "Out of all the pretty things here, why is everyone wanting a picture of the damn dolphin?" were her exact words. Well, Fungi is kind of like the mascot of Dingle. He is a bottlenosed dolphin and has lived in the Dingle Harbor for fifteen years....

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  • Glencar Waterfall

    Sligo Favorites

    Glencar waterfall is well signposted - you can't miss it! After our little walk around Deer Park, my friends were not ready to trek to another site so they waited for me to walk to the waterfall. Unlike our previous walk, this one was a very short jaunt on handicapped accessible walkways. This is an easy site to see, and quite beautiful - the...

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  • Howth Harbour

    Howth Favorites

    Growing up, I was very near the Atlantic Ocean of central Florida, and foolishly this meant little to me. Now I am four or five hours from the ocean. So even a couple of quality hours of seaside activity here at Howth was a treat. I love my big cities but conversely, there is a special draw of the wild and the sea that is almost impossible to...

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  • Inishmore

    Inishmore Favorites

    Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands off the west coast of Galway, with a population of about 900 people. The name means 'large island'. Inishmore is a popular tourist attraction, so it can get quiet busy over there. The island is approximately 14 km long and 3 km wide. It’s mostly made up out of barren limestone rock and small fields...

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  • Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny Favorites

    Forty years before our visit (short in the total timespan of the life of the castle), Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess and 24th Earl of Ormonde, sold his abandoned and deteriorating castle to the Castle Restoration Committee for £50. At that time, he said, "The people of Kilkenny, as well as myself and my family, feel a great pride in the Castle, and...

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  • Titanic and the Lusitania

    Cobh Favorites

    in 1912, the Titanic left Cobh as it's last port of call before heading across the Atlantic on it's first and only tragic voyage. There is a heritage walking tour in Cobh called the Titanic Trail that might be of interest to visitors. I didn't take it as i didn't have the time. http://www.titanic-trail.com/ The Lusitania was a ship that was...

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  • Glendalough

    Wicklow Favorites

    GLENDALOUGH' this a very beautiful aim to travel! Here you can hike through the forests and mountains and you can see a beautiful waterfall! And before you do that you can make an organized trip through the place Glendalough where you see old ruins and a lot of celtic crosses - it´s a very historic place!

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  • Off the beaten track

    Drogheda Favorites

    The area around Drogheda is filled with history and there are small and lovely towns to explore everywhere. South of Drogheda and North of Dublin you can find a lovely sea-side-town called Skerries. Here is a photo from the Skerries Mills.

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  • Driving

    Achill Island Favorites

    Driving in the mountains through thick, soup-like fog towards the Western end of Achill Island when all of a sudden we came out of the clouds and this beach appeared below us. It was just beautiful, and the mist gave a very special feel to the place. The road actually ends here at Keem Bay, and we walked around on the beach for a while before...

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  • Religion

    Ballyvaughan Favorites

    As you travel around, take time to view the statues that you may find outside Churches and, occasionally, alongside the road side. As well as normally being along a religeous theme they are usually aboslutely gorgeous to look at. This one is the Madonna found in the grounds of Ballyvaughan Church.

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  • Skellig Michael

    Great Skelligs Favorites

    The information centre is ok, but it's nothing like the real thing. And the boat from the centre only takes you around (at best!), without landing... You can find boats that take you to the island in several nearby towns - Portmagee, Ballinskelligs, and Caherdaniel. See the transportation tip for some more details. The Ballinskelligs one also...

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  • Tholsel

    New Ross Favorites

    Check out the 'Tholsel', (toll stall) on the corner of Quay Street and South Street. This building can be shown beyond the palmtrees in this photo. I was surprised to find palm trees growing here at shore of the river Barrow at New Ross, but they do! I'm still amazed.

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  • Croagh Patrick

    County Mayo Favorites

    After giving up half way to climb Croagh Patrick I walked down and sat down in the cafe of the visitors centre to wait for my boyfriend who went all the way up. A few old ladies and a nun asked me whether we they can sit at my table and after a while they invited me for a tea and we had a lovely afternoon tea and a nice chat. That's Ireland for me!

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    County Clare Favorites

    Lighthouses are one of my favorite things, and I was able to photograph one when I was at the Cliffs of Moher. I believe that this one was Inisheer which is actually one of the Aran Islands Lighthouses. The Aran Islands, located in the mouth of Galway Bay, But I photographed the lighthouse from County Clare. This lighthouse was built originally in...

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  • Connemara

    Ireland Favorites

    I would probably take someone else that's never been to Ireland to the Western part. It is a favorite amoung even the Irish to holiday in. The hills of Connemara, the hiking/biking trails/the Burren, the neat little towns that one can walk around within about an hour's time, and feel pretty safe! So much to do and see in Ireland. And a visit to the...

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  • Off the beaten track

    Dublin Favorites

    Visit Howth Learn how to SAY 'Howth' like a local! Do the Guinness thing (and taste the black stuff!) Talk to locals. The Abbey Tavern is, of course, the main reason anyone who is a beer drinker visits Howth. It's easy to get to Howth - you can take the DART or a bus from Dublin City Centre. I recommend the train - it's quick and simple, and...

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  • Castles, Big Houses, Ruins and Churches

    Cork Favorites

    I had a real fascination with Castles and especially the Ramparts! I could just vision waiting up in the castle waitin for enemy to attack. Well I thought they were cool anyways! They reminded me the fairytales and stories that I read as a kid.

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  • Breath taking scenery!

    Killarney Favorites

    I have lived in Killarney all my life. I used to go back there practially every weekend when in college. The best thing about Killarney is the scenery, even if it is probably the most popular tourist destination in Ireland. However, there are many places throughout the national park to find peace and tranquility. When I am in Killarney I really...

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  • Island hopping, Irish style

    Galway Favorites

    These three islands lie across the mouth of Galway Bay, about 30 miles out to sea. The Aran Islands consist of Inishmaan, Inisheer and the largest, Inishmore, which is about 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. These are Irish-speaking islands, and old traditions and folklore still persist here. Improved education, transport and communication have...

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  • Limerick Treaty Stone

    Limerick Favorites

    Check out the Limerick Treaty Stone. It was in 1691 that the Limerick Treaty is said to have been signed when Limerick finally fell into English hands. This stone can be found near the castle if you cross the Thomond Bridge and immediately turn left onto Clancy's Strand. On your left you will see this large Limerick Treaty Stone perched on a...

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  • Charles Fort

    Kinsale Favorites

    The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1601 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history. The harbour is guarded by two very fine star-shaped fortresses built in the 17th century: Charles Fort can be seen in the distance on this photo.

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Favorites

    Michael Coilean, Sciuird Archaeological Tours We had an awesome tour of the Dingle Penninsula through a company called the Scuid Aracheology Tours. Our guide was wonderful and very friendly. We were a rowdy bunch and he nicely gave in to our picture taking and cake stopping whims. We saw all of the wonderul panorama views, but also some of the...

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  • The Cairn

    Sligo Favorites

    As you approach the Cairn you traverse an area of pine woods. It seems a fitting surrounding for the ancient burial grounds. Was it just my imagination or did these trees lend a sense of tranquil protection and watchfulness to the cairn?

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  • Bikes

    Inishmore Favorites

    On our first night on Inishmore we rented bikes right after our boat had arrived and went for a short cycle. We went up the path to Dún Dubhchathair but it was a path you couldn't cycle on. Well I couldn't. Colm tried and I waited for him. It was really quiet there, at 10 in the evening on a path in the middle of nowhere. The only sound I heard was...

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  • Smithwick's Brewery

    Kilkenny Favorites

    Smithwick's Brewery (Smithwicks (St. Francis' Abbey) Brewery is situated in the heart of Kilkenny. Brewing was instigated in the city by the monks of the Franciscan Abbey who brewed their beers using the waters from the Friars Well. The Abbey closed in the 16th century and in 1710 John Smithwick started brewing commercially. The Brewery is today...

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  • Queenstown Cove

    Cobh Favorites

    The bus tour made a special stop at Cobh (which is pronounced Cove) so that we could go through The Queenstown Experience. Cobh, under the English was called Queenstown, and many Irish immigrants left for the New World from here. The Queenstown Experience, along with gifts shop and a kind of food court is housed in an old railway station which is...

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  • Doolin

    County Clare Favorites

    A perfect storm for 2 entire days!!! I'll never forget the sound of the sea we heard from the bed in the morning!!! We stayed in Doolin, a little village directly at the Atlantic ocean which is famous for its pubs and music.

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  • Tourist Information

    Dublin Favorites

    Location: Europe Local Time: GMT From 25 Oct 09 to 28 Mar 10 GMT From 28 Mar 10 to 31 Oct 10 GMT +1 From 31 Oct 10 to 27 Mar 11 GMT From 27 Mar 11 to 30 Oct 11 GMT +1 Capital City: Dublin Population: 4 million Area: 70,282 square km, 27,136 square miles. Language(s): English, Irish Dialling Code: 353 Emergency: Police, Fire & Ambulance: 999 or...

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  • Rivers and Shorelines

    Cork Favorites

    This setting is much more beautiful than my 20 year-old photo shows!!! I can still remember sitting and staring with awe the beautiful setting! The River Lee with that bridge...I'd love to go back for another look and a fresh photo!

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Killarney Favorites

    visit the peninsulas of Iveragh and Dingle. Both are equally beautiful, although Iveragh tends to get overcrowded in summer, when all tourists insist on driving along the Ring of Kerry together in a single file! Dingle doesn't have this (yet, but I fear it will soon). One of the many fine moments was the tour we made along Slea Head, Dingle's (and...

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  • Music, Dancing, Ceol agus Craic

    Galway Favorites

    I walked down Shop Street which as usual was full of buskers. There was one that made me smile: He was standing on a litter box singing "My lovely horse" (Famous from the Father Ted Eurovision episode). Everybody who passed by him sang along and had a smile on their face - including me!

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  • Inch Strand

    Dingle Favorites

    Unless you're there in the July/August "heat wave", I wouldn't swim here without a wetsuit - this water is COLD! But a more picturesque beach you will never find! This is a lovely spot to stretch your legs. Strolling and breathing the clean fresh air is great!

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  • Town Centre

    Sligo Favorites

    Take a walk around the town centre of Sligo. There are quite a few well worth seeing sights like the Yeats Memorial, the Sligo Cathedral (see photo) and the ruins of Sligo Abbey. Apart from that, Sligo has many little craft shops and stores in O'Connell Street. Near the river Garavogue many nice pubs, cafes and restaurants can be found.

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  • Saint Canice's Cathedral

    Kilkenny Favorites

    The 13th Century Cathedral was closed for maintenace when we visited (Sept 2004), but you can still walk through th grounds and climb the round tower. The round tower is more inspiring for the climb itself than the views of Kilkenny at the summit. A number of round towers can be seen in Ireland but not all of them can be entered and climbed. A...

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  • O´Connell Street

    Dublin Favorites

    O'Connel Street is the main street in Dublin. It is named after Daniel O'Connell (b. 1775 - d 1847), who is known as 'the Liberator' for his work in liberating the Roman Catholics in Ireland. At the end of O'Connell St., near the O'Connell St Bridge, there is a monument to O'Connell. Today O'Connell St is one of the busiest streets in Dublin....

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  • Pubs, Clubs and General Merrymaking

    Cork Favorites

    I found Cork well worth the 4 hour bus trip from dublin via bus erin. Cork proved to be a friendly place with good bars and enough to see and do to stop me getting bored .soon i will place pics and add a heap of info about the place Cork people remind me of melbourne people in the way they have a healthy rilary with the other major city in their...

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  • Leisure activities

    Galway Favorites

    Plan to Picnic for one meal every day. Visit a local market or small grocery store and "take-away" sandwiches, cold meats, veggies, fruits, yoghurt, cheeses, pickles, wines, and find a spot for lunch and enjoy the scenery. Great places to stop along a stream, the River Corrib or seaside, also in any of the many local parks where you can hear live...

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  • Yeats Memorial

    Sligo Favorites

    Besides being a good base to tour the surrounding area it's a nice walkable city. If you stay in a hotel near Stephen Street you can walk to transportation, the Abbey, the Mall and the Tourist office located on Temple Street and The Lungy. The Yeats statue is located on Stephen Street (where it turns into Low Knox St) and Markievicz Road (is that...

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