Ireland’s smallest – but most spirited – city is Kilkenny, in the heart of the midlands. The majestic Kilkenny Castle sits in the centre of the town, overlooking savvy shoppers and rowdy revellers, while just up the main street is Ireland’s newest attraction, the Smithwicks Experience (Kilkenny’ answer to the Guinness Storehouse). Not far away is one of Ireland’s most splendid manor homes, Mount Juliet, where you can (and should) live like royalty for a day.
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Home to one of Ireland’s finest exports, Waterford Crystal, this county is a sunny seaside retreat popular with families. The calm coastline is bordered with powdery golden beaches, with plenty of quaint villages along the coast to stop off in such as Dunmore East and Tramore. A visit to Waterford city with its medieval streets, castle, and of course, the Waterford Crystal factory, is a must.
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Known as ‘the Kingdom’, Kerry is the heart of ancient Ireland and still the most stunning spot on the island. From quaint seaside villages like Dingle (where a dolphin voluntarily puts on a show for the boats every afternoon) to the busy tourist spot of Killarney, not to mention one of the most breathtaking road trips in Europe, the Ring of Kerry, and the simply astounding Killarney National Park a visit to Kerry is unforgettable.
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From the out of this world limestone plains of the Burren and the misty, magical Cliffs of Moher to the golden beaches and buzzing towns and villages, Clare is a county not to be missed on your Ireland holiday. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in bustling Kilkee or Ballyvaughan or explore the spooky underworld of the Aillwee Caves and other hair-rising activities, Clare really does have it all.
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Galway is the wild west of Ireland at its best. Rugged coastlines, dramatic hills and valleys, isolated islands, emerald fields and towns filled with traditional music, dancing, and language. Galway city is a tangle of cobbled streets, cosy pubs and mouth watering restaurants, the magnificent Connemara landscape is just a short drive away and the traditional Gaelic community of the Aran Islands are reachable with a quick boat trip too, although they both seem a world away.
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County Meath was considered to be the centre of ancient and Celtic Ireland, and was even its own kingdom at one stage. Within its borders are the ancient passage tomb of Newgrange, still completely intact after 5000 years, the Hill of Tara the political, economic, and spiritual centre of Ireland for the Celts, and more recently, the opulent Slane Castle and Gardens, still inhabited by descendants of the original owners, namely Henry Mount Charles and family.
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