Situated at the point where the river Shannon meets the sea, Limerick city is a must visit for rugby fans; it’s the home of Munster rugby, and a match at their stadium, Thomond Park, is a sight to behold. The city also boasts the impressive St. John’s Castle and the bustling Milk and Potato markets on weekends, while the rest of the county is a retreat from the urban chaos with lush farmlands all around.
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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Known as the ‘rebel county’, Cork is the largest county in Ireland and has some of the biggest attractions outside of Dublin; Blarney Castle, where you can earn the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone, the seaside town of Cobh where the Titanic left for her maiden voyage, the untamed and unspoiled scenery of West Cork, and of course, the English Market, which the Queen of England herself saw fit to visit in 2011.
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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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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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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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