Places to Visit

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Ennis, Co Clare

Its proximity to Shannon airport not only means many visitors spend either their first or last night in Ennis, but that it has for quite a while had a cosmopolitan population and an outward looking character.

The town is old and beautiful, with winding streets dating back to medieval times, but it is a thoroughly modern place too, a good shopping town and a busy commercial centre.

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Kildare, Co Kildare

Kildare is a town where the horse is king, surrounded as it is by race courses, training stables and stud farms, most famously the Irish National Stud.

There is more to it than that though. The gardens at the National Stud are among the best in Ireland, the town has an interesting history and then there is bog – lots of it!

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Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny

Known as the Marble City, Kilkenny is Ireland’s smallest city and was once its capital, albeit very briefly.

It’s medieval character is still evident to-day in a number of excellent and well preserved buildings, most notably the city centre castle which dates to the 12th century.

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Killarney, Co Kerry

A mecca for tourists, Killarney is for some their favourite place in Ireland and for others a place best avoided and something of a tourist trap.

However there is a reason all those people flock there – the surrounding countryside and especially the coastline is among the most spectacularly beautiful in the world and there is a lot to see and do.

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Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Situated on what was once a boggy estuary, Letterkenny is, in Irish terms, a relatively new town, and now one of the fastest growing in the country.

While there isn’t a huge amount in the town itself to interest visitors, it’s a good place to stay for touring the surrounding areas, especially Glenveigh National Park.

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Longford, Co Longford

Not a place that many tourists visit but one worth a stop and there are some excellent dolmens, forts and other interesting sites nearby that you could easily have to yourself.

It’s proximity to the Shannon means there is a wealth of angling and water based activity, and the Corlay Trackway, an ancient road, is a fascinating place to visit.

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Dunmore Cave

While many cave systems open to visitors in Ireland were discovered relatively recently, this one has been known about since at least the 9th century, and its history is as interesting as its geology.

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St Patrick’s Trian

More of an adventurous day out than a visit to a museum, St Patrick’s Trian is a hot favourite with kids.

As well as the story of St Patrick, there is a surprisingly good section on the history of Armagh and one about Gulliver’s Travels.

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