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Kells

The town of Kells was originally known as Ceannus Mor, meaning “Great Residence”. Founded as a monastic settlement by St Columcille in the 6th century, the original settlement was built on a circular pattern, still evidenced by the current layout of the modern streets.

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Adare Village

Situated along the banks of the River Maigue near Limerick city, this picturesque little village features pretty thatched cottages, medieval churches covered in ivy, and gardens blooming in a variety of colours.   Although the cottages are medieval in appearance, they were actually erected in the mid 19th century by the third Earl of Dunraven, who had a great interest in early Irish architecture, for his estate tenants. At the centre of the estate stands the imposing presence of Adare Manor. This stately, Tudor-Gothic revival mansion was built in 1832 and was formerly the family home of the Dunravens. It now serves as a hotel.

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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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Bushmills Village and Distillery

The attractive village of Bushmills is home to the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Bushmills is famous for its quality malt Irish whiskey, produced at the distillery - in picturesque, pagoda roofed buildings.

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Ballycastle

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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Ennis

Ennis is the most important town in County Clare, and medieval in its origins and appearance. It is historically a market town, bisected by the River Fergus.

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Cobh

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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Belfast City

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. Belfast natives have a rich history of commerce and prosperity, as well as violence and heartache. Attractions such as the Titanic Quarter and Belfast Cathedral are drawing large numbers of visitors to the city. Others are coming for the shopping in centres such as the Victoria Square and CastleCourt. Various tours take tourists to see the Belfast murals, or to see the famous H&W ship cranes that dominate the city's skyline. This mixture of shopping, theatres, galleries and live music are making Belfast an emerging and attractive city destination.

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Lahinch

Lahinch seaside village is a well-known golfing location that has recently become popular as a surfing resort. Leath Inis in Gaelic, the name of this pristine beach and resort translates as "half island". The area is known for its abundant seaside leisure activities and exceptional golf course.

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Bushmills Village and Distillery

The attractive village of Bushmills is home to the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Bushmills is famous for its quality malt Irish whiskey, produced at the distillery - in picturesque, pagoda roofed buildings.

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