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This area of Galway city, once a fishing village, is renowned as the origin of the traditional Claddagh ring. Its design, two hands together upon a heart with a crown on top, signifies love, loyalty, and friendship.

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Salthill is a popular, old-fashioned seaside promenade and resort connected to Galway city, complete with a beautiful long, sandy beach along Galway Bay. The resort area still maintains traditional amusement arcades, a small fairground, cafes, pubs, eateries, hotels and B&Bs. On hot summer days, especially weekends or public holidays, the beaches can get extremely busy and, while there is a free car park, spaces are at a premium.

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Located around 10 miles west of Galway city on the coast road, Spiddal is a small village, overlooking Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. It has two fine beaches, one by the roadside and directly visible from the village, the other behind the pier, accessible via a narrow road west of the village. The latter is known as Trá na mBan (Traw-na-man), meaning Ladies Beach, and is one of six Blue Flag (EU-approved) beaches in County Galway. Spiddal forms part of the Gaeltacht region of Connemara, where Irish (Gaelic) is still spoken.

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Seabank Beach

The historical fishing village of Arklow contains a number of interesting heritage sites, but beach lovers will be eager to head on to nearby Seabank Beach. Unique and peaceful, and nicknamed “The Virgin Beach” because it is so pristine, Seabank Beach contains one of the few remaining intact dune systems on Ireland’s east coast. You can reach Seabank Beach on foot from Arklow; yet when you arrive you’ll feel as though you’ve just landed in some distant, undiscovered paradise.

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Brittas Bay

Day tourists from Dublin enjoy visiting the coastline at Brittas Bay, 40 minutes drive south from the city, just four kilometres off the N11 motorway. The Bay meanders through coves, rocky areas and caves, interspersed with stretches of bright, soft and sandy beach perfect for swimming and walking. Be sure to visit Silver Strand, a popular and swimming area at the foot of a sloping hillside.

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This historic Victorian-era seaside resort features a long, golden beach and a promenade, complete with old-fashioned family amusements. You can hike or ride mountain bikes on the trails leading from the beach to Bray Head, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Dublin Bay and surrounding environs from the summit of the cliff, 791 feet into the sky.

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The Forty Foot

The Forty Foot, a rocky plateau projecting into the Irish Sea, is one of Dublin's traditional bathing pools. Situated on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove, County Dublin, near Dun Laoghaire, it is famous for having been mentioned in James Joyces's Ulysses. People have been swimming in these icy waters for more than 250 years and the clean, deep waters are considered Ireland's most formidable swimming hole. Beware: there are no lifeguards and the frigid waters are not for weak or nervous swimmers. While jumping from the rocks is definitely discouraged, experienced swimmers have the advantage of depth to perform a successful dive, even at low tide.

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Passage East

Passage East is a small, scenic fishing village, centred around two interlinking open squares. Situated in a pretty valley, with steep, sloping hills, the village looks out into the estuary of two rivers - the Barrow and the Suir. Located 12km / 7.5 miles from Waterford City, Passage East owes its name to its ancient and ongoing role as a ferry port that links to Ballyhack, County Wexford, on the eastern site of the estuary. The village has three main quays: Boathouse Quay Hackett's Quay and Middle Quay.

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Ballycastle is a pretty Georgian seaside resort town. It is a popular summer holiday location for people from county Antrim and surrounding areas. The town forms the shape of an hourglass, and its streets are lines with quaint shops and pubs. Ballycastle Beach has been awarded an EU Blue Flag for its clean, safe waters.

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The town of Cobh (pronounced Cove) located southeast of Cork City, is a pretty Georgian seaside resort popular today with windsurfers and sailors. It has a long and rich history as a bustling port and emigration centre. The town's original name, Cobh, was changed to Queenstown in 1849 in honor of Queen Victoria's visit. The name reverted back to Cobh in 1920.

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