Ireland Things to Do

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Ireland Things to Do

  • Kilmainham Jail

    Dublin Things to Do

    There is a separate area in the Kilmainham Jail Museum where the last words uttered by the 14 leaders of the 1916 Easter Uprising who were executed, plus some photographs and documents. The first sentence and last sentence spoken by the leader, James Connolly.------------I do not wish to make any defence except against charges of wanton cruelty to...

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  • Blarney Castle

    Cork Things to Do

    Southwest Ireland is considered one of the most visited regions in Ireland, and anyone passing through there can understand why. This is thanks to the extraordinary combination of monuments, quiet roads, lively pubs, and most important: bike-friendly paths I decided to dedicate this post on our trip out to Cork, the "Gateway City." Cork is...

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  • Archaeology, castles and ruins

    Galway Things to Do

    This arch is one of the oldest buildings in Galway, dating back to 1584. Although the name suggests a connection to Spain, no real link has been ascertained. It was originally known as the 'head of the wall' or 'ceann an bhalla' in Gaelic so I can understand why the name 'Spanish Arch' became more popular.

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  • Ring of Kerry

    Killarney Things to Do

    The ring of kerry is a wonderful scenic route thew takes in the Kerry peninsular. There are 2 main ways of doing it, by bus or by car. If you do it by car, make sure you drive in the same direction as the buses, and not in the opposite direction as the roads can get very narrow, and trying to get past a bus on parts of it would be a trial...

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  • King John's Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Limerick Things to Do

    Entry is through the Visitors Centre. First you walk though a static display explaining about the castle's history, then a slide show and up to the second floor to hear a story and see some wooden carved figures (with cracks in them). Then onto a 5 min film where actors are placed in front of drawings and act out certain parts of the war against...

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  • Waterford Crystal Factory

    Waterford Things to Do

    The Waterford crystal museum tour is extremely interesting. It is around an hour long but the tour guide will keep you involved and interested the entire time. You will go through a short introduction and then they will take you through an actually working factory. You will be able to watch as the employees are blowing the glass into there shape...

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  • Benbulben Mountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sligo Things to Do

    Benbulben or more correctly Ben Bulben is a huge formation of shale and limestone which is believed to have been formed during the Ice Age 320 million years ago. It can be seen for miles around as it dominates the countryside a little north of Sligo. Many a Celtic Legend had its beginnings on or around Benbulben and when you see it and its...

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  • Old Head of Kinsale

    Kinsale Things to Do

    This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a gate a long time before it and a fence on both sides tells you in no uncertain terms you won't be welcome there. Unless... unless you join the exclusive...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Dingle Things to Do

    While I do not think it is as dangerous as some of the other reviews, you DO have to watch out for sheep in the road (right around that next corner!) so drive slowly and you should be fine. Got a pic of the map before starting out----also had a very nice lunch in Dingle proper at a local pub.

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  • Howth Pier

    Howth Things to Do

    This strange sculpture was erected on the pier in 2013 and is considered to be the best piece of public art on the Howth peninsula (i reckon i could have made the same ). Realt na Mara means STAR OF THE SEA and is stands 12 m high and is made with polished stainless steel to reflect maximum light. The sculpture is supposed to reflect the heritage...

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  • Kilkenny Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    Two days visit to Kilkenny in May 2015, what are a beautiful place. Specially Kilkenny castle, stayed in ''Aspect Hotel" loved it. Staff couldn't be any better, Would recommend to anyone, worth visiting B-)

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  • Dun Aengus

    Inishmore Things to Do

    You will have to go to the visitor centre and pay your admission ticket (2 euro) before you can enter the fort. From here you have to go by foot towards the fortress Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus). It’s about 900 metres uphill. It will take you about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the fortress. Dún Aengus - The Fort of Aonghasa - is located on the edge of...

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  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    Cobh Things to Do

    The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until...

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  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Doolin Things to Do

    Everyone has to see the cliffs. They are breathtaking. Hike to them from Doolin. It's about 8 miles, but sometimes you can con a ride from a tour back to Doolin once you get there. Almost every tour company stops for lunch in Doolin after visiting the cliffs. They really are a site to see, although you will encounter plenty of tourists, souvenir...

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  • The Aquadome

    Tralee Things to Do

    The aquadrome is heavily promoted as a 'must see' tourist destination. In truth the giant wigwam is no more than a fairly pleasant swimming pool with a couple of slides attached. We visting in March, and I can't even claim that it was warm inside. The water temperature is fine, but you can start to shiver out of the water for a while. The two...

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  • Donegal Town

    Donegal Things to Do

    Spend some time at the Scotsman, a small pub on the Diamond (town center). It doesn't look like much from the outside but it's nice inside...There's music every night provided by the pub owner, his wife and guest musicians. the locals at the bar are friendly and colorful. But order beer because the mixed drinks are suspiciously weak! Visit Donegal...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Shannon Things to Do

    The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction, due in a large part to the proximity of the airport. The interior has been furnished with tapestries and...

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  • Browne's Hill Dolmen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Carlow Things to Do

    Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic tomb that is rumoured to have the largest capstone in Europe...100 metric tons.The site was never excavated but is believed to be the burial place of a local king. Its a pretty impressive site and is located in the middle of a field just outside Carlow town. Picture on the way!

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  • Glendalough

    Wicklow Things to Do

    For such a small country, there sure is a lot to see here. Glendalough means, The Valley of Two Lakes. The buildings here are from the 8th and 12th Centuries. The most famous is the Round Tower. It is 34m high and 16 m circuference at its base. St. Kevin founded a monastery here in the 6th Century. This site grew to become famous for a center of...

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  • Millmount Tower

    Drogheda Things to Do

    It is a must to see Millmount Tower and museum. Also Laurences Gate, Magdelene Tower, Old Abbey. These are all within walking distance of each other. Drogheda is a very old town it has lots of history. St peters church, west st., is another must. It contains a shrine to St. Oliver who was martyered.

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  • Achill Island

    Achill Island Things to Do

    Achill Island is also the place where part of Heinrich Boell's novel "Irisches Tagebuch" (Irish Journal) is set. This is the deserted village he describes in his book. It lies near Dugort at the foot of Slievemore. You will come across many houses in ruins all over Ireland, but this a whole village with about 80 houses. I found it fascinating to...

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  • Aillwee Caves

    Ballyvaughan Things to Do

    The Burren is a large area of ground made up of limestone. Because limestone is porous, over the years, water has penetrated to the lower strata and formed many caves and chambers underground. Aillwee cave was formed in this manner and is the only cave in Ireland where it is safe for the public to enter, without using specialist pot-holing...

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  • Clew Bay

    Castlebar Things to Do

    Clare Island Off the coast of Clew Bay lies the secluded and unspoiled Clare Island. The island caters for both the laid-back rambler and the experienced walker. Knockaveen Hill, located near the harbour is a relaxing trail that gives wonderful views of the mainland and the island. If you prefer a more challenging climb then Croaghmore is for...

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  • Skellig Island

    Great Skelligs Things to Do

    On the way back, we had a last look at Small Skellig with its birds (first photo) The second photo was taken when we passed the end of Small Skellig with Great Skellig in the background. The third photo was taken just before entering the harbor of Portmaggee. The Skelligs are now far away! Goodby Skelligs!

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  • Bogside

    Derry Things to Do

    The Bogside section of Derry is home to a group of strong and stark murals which bring home the struggles and troubles of Northern Ireland. A walk through the streets and a visit to the People's Gallery where the artists who created the murals work is an indispensable part of a visit to this city rich in history and creativity.

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  • Dún Aengus

    Aran Island Things to Do

    One of the main tourist attractions on the island of Inishmore, is the vast stone fortification. Perched on the side of a steep 300 meter high cliff at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it dates back to the `bronze age', to 1,000 BC or earlier... (a dun is a fort)

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  • Rock of Cashel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cashel Things to Do

    Also called St. Patrick's Rock, the Rock of Cashel is actually a huge limestone hill on top of which are the remains of some extraordinary pieces of medieval architecture. It is said that when the devil flew over the area with a piece of rock in his mouth, he spotted St.Patrick picking a shamrock to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity to locals....

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  • The Burren

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    County Clare Things to Do

    Ballyvaughan is a village in the north western corner of the Burren. It is situated on the south shores of Galway Bay and lots of tourists pass here on their way to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. We made a short stop at a pub in Ballyvaughan so that people who wanted could use the bathroom. We were also encouraged to buy something to drink, or a...

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  • National Famine Memorial

    County Mayo Things to Do

    The piece of art by John Behan is called "Coffin Ship". It is an impressive monument showing a ship full of skeletons - a symbol to remember all the people who died on the ships to America when they wanted to escape Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. The monument was unveiled in 1997to mark the 150th anniversary of the famine.

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    Ireland Things to Do

    Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point the cliffs are 214m. I had hoped to go here independently and to hike along the coast for some hours, but unfortunately the bus connection...

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  • Ring of Kerry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    County Kerry Things to Do

    We really enjoyed our drive around the Ring, although I can't imagine doing it during a busy tourist season. We were able to stop and see most things, without having to fight through big crowds. We probably enjoyed the swing through Killarney Park the best, although that was probably the heaviest rains. Don't try and pack too much into the day you...

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  • Horn Head

    County Donegal Things to Do

    Mount Errigal is one of the highest mountains in the region, it's 752 m high. That doesn't sound too high, but trust me, when you are climbing it, it sure feels high! There is a parking place about 1km from Dunlewy. From there you can walk up to Errigal Mountain. It takes about 1,5 hours to walk up to the top, at some points it gets really, really...

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  • Trinity College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dublin Things to Do

    By the main entrance to Trinity College there is a statue of Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) who was a successful playwright and poet who attended the college from 1774-79. He was best known for his novel, The vicar of Wakefield.

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  • St Finbar's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cork Things to Do

    In a country like Ireland, you would expect he most splendid church building to be Catholic. However, the Gothic Revival period – one of the most chraracteristic in British history – coincided with a period of British dominance (not to say opression). That left some late 19th and early 20th century Protestant churches in Ireland. Cork Cathedral...

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  • Beaches and shorelines

    Galway Things to Do

    The Salthill Promenade is 2-km promenade along Galway Bay in the Salthill area of Galway. It's a beautiful place to walk, jog, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful beach. Looking across the bay, the mountains of the Burren and County Clare are visible. We were staying at the Salthill Hotel, which is right across the street from the Prom, and spent...

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  • Killarney National Park

    5 out of 5 stars

    Killarney Things to Do

    Killarney National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens, providing a living space for the wild life and vegetations like Ireland's only remaining wild herd of native Red Deer and the largest area of old-growth Oak woods left in the country. You see lakes, streams, birds, etc.,...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    Limerick Things to Do

    The good - easy to see Irish dancing and singing without having to go to a pub and wait until 11pm. Ample parking. Extremely talented singer and dancers and musicians. Good view from all tables, as there are two tiers of seating. The bad - 39 Euro per adult. Entertainment may have been great but the food was not. Limp salad on bread and butter...

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  • Tramore

    Waterford Things to Do

    Tramore Town is built beside the sea about 7 miles from Waterford City. It's well worth a visit, Winter or Summer, but I prefer it in the Winter when it's not so crowded and the beaches are welcoming for walkers and other beach pursuits. Sunday mornings are one of my favourite times to walk here and this morning was no exception. The sun was...

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  • Knocknarea Mountain

    Sligo Things to Do

    Overlooking the megaliths at Carrowmore is the legendary Maeve's Cairn. It sits on top of Knocknarea, the only mountain around so easy to spot. The site is Neolithic and about 5000 years old. It is the alleged burial site of the Iron Age queen of Connaught, Maeve, who supposedly watches over Connaught from her vantage point to be ready for invaders...

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  • The Scilly Walk

    Kinsale Things to Do

    This fairytale yellow cottage is about halfway between Summercove and Kinsale and everybody always stops to take photographs. In summer the hollyhocks grow almost to the roof. I often wonder about the family who live here and if they object to people taking photographs but I've never seen any of them. Occasionally an old fat laborador dog comes out...

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  • The Dolphin Fungi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dingle Things to Do

    Sure it's touristy -- but then, you ARE a tourist, aren't you? Come on, you know you want to. Climb aboard a EUR 12 boat tour, enjoy the harbor views and wait for Fungi. Don't worry, he's almost certain to be along... in fact, most tours give you your money back if you don't see him.

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  • Howth Head

    Howth Things to Do

    Ceann Bhinn Éadair (Howth Head) is best approached from Sutton bu there is a wonderful view of the area from the clifftop path from Howth. Howth Head was originally a separate island but through time the sand built up and it is now connected to the mainland. The area is great for birdwatchers as many birds nest in the cliff and the scrubland...

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  • St Canice Cathedral

    Kilkenny Things to Do

    A lovely way to see a lot of Kilkenny is to do a tour of the castle and then walk from the castle north through town to the Cathedral of St. Canice. It's a pleasant walk and you get to see are the brightly painted shop fronts . . . and stop in if you like. The actual Cathedral site was founded in the 6th century, but the current Cathedral has been...

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  • Kilronan

    Inishmore Things to Do

    When the boat docks in Kilronan, wide-eyed tourists flood the streets and the bus and cart drivers know it. Ample transportation is available to any part of the island for a fee. We waited out the rush, found a quiet place to sit and eat and eventually rented the bikes that would take us from Kilronan to other parts of Inis Mor. Kilronan has a...

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  • The Queenstown Story

    Cobh Things to Do

    Cobh, named Queenstown between , has been long associated with the age of ocean steamliners and the Irish emigration of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was in this time that the city was named Queenstown after becoming the first Irish town to be visited by Queen Victoria. Therefore, Cobh's history comes back to life in an exhibition called...

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