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Dingle Town

Dingle Town is a 75-minute drive from Tralee on the N86 and two hours west of Killarney via Killorglin and Castlemaine, and is situated near the edge of the eponymous Dingle Peninsula. The coastal drive offers excellent views across the bay of the Iveragh Peninsula on the other side. Weather is an important consideration when planning a visit to Dingle -- if the mist is down, consider postponing. Visitors can take a 10 minute walk from the pier up Green St. to visit the best craft shops and proceed down Main Street, and back along the Mall to the pier to find the best shops, pubs, and restaurants.

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The Village of Dalkey is currently a fashionable suburb of Dublin, although it was once a valuable port city. The fortified mansions of former shipping magnates from the 15th century still stand along its main street today. Archbold’s Castle is little more than an interesting ruin, while Goat Castle houses a visitor information centre. This picturesque village exudes a medieval flavor, and includes castles, ancient landmarks and scenic coastal views. The Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is an award-winning establishment located in the tower house of the 15th century castle.

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Limerick City

This medieval fortress city began as a settlement for Danish Vikings in the 9th century at the head of the estuary of the River Shannon. As the centuries passed, it grew and expanded to become Ireland’s fourth largest city, partly due to its location at the intersection of several of the country’s most well travelled roadways. Today, Limerick City is a thriving industrial port city. Although it has acquired a reputation for dullness, that is mostly because of its depiction in the novel and movie Angela’s Ashes, by Frank Mc Court. Since the days of Angela, many renovations have been accomplished and Limerick City has become an attractive and modern area.

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Ardigole and Healy Pass

Ardigole is a small, pretty and historic harbour village located on the scenic Healy Pass road. This hilly route through the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula offers amazing panoramas, particularly if taken in the late afternoon on a summer’s day. The road winds from West Cork through to County Kerry.

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Kilkenny City

In the 18th century, Kilkenny City Center’s stylish Georgian Town Houses were the favored headquarters of Ireland’s country aristocracy. The city is also billed as “Ireland’s Medieval Capital”, and contains several lovely old buildings from the era, including Kilkenny Castle, situated on the River Nore. The city center itself was built upon the base of a 900 year old Norman Citadel. The name Kilkenny is derived from Kil Cainneach, or Church of Canice, a sixth century saint who founded a monastic school in the area.

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Allihies – with two shops, a post office and four pubs – is typical of the type of self-contained Irish village that was once found throughout the country. Villages like Allihies (population: 650) are becoming less prolific as the country’s rapid urbanisation continues, with more people moving to suburban dormitories.

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Ballinascarthy is a small village that is famed for its connection with the Ford Motor Company. The village is situated five miles from Clonakilty on the main road to Cork. The nearby Lisselan Estate, with some fine gardens, is open to the public. Other attractions in the area include golf and fishing.

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Cork City

Also known as The Rebel City because of its role in successive struggles for Irish independence, this centre of learning and industry was designated a European Capital of Culture in 2005. Cork City is situated between two channels of the River Lee, and there are enough bridges and waterways in the city to inspire comparisons to Venice.

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Feakle Town

Feakle is a sleepy village in County Clare,  nestled within a diverse landscape made up of lakes, moors, the Sliabh Aughty Mountains and their valleys, which comes alive each year for its traditional music festival. The area is renowned for its association with the indigenous sport of hurling.

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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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