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County Dublin Overview

The centre of County Dublin includes the city of the same name, along with the surrounding area, formerly known as the Pale. Here, grand country mansions can be found alongside gardens filled with both native and exotic plants and sites of paramount importance to both ancient and Celtic and modern Irish history. Despite being one of the smallest Irish counties in the area, it is one of the country's biggest population centre. Dublin attracts large volumes of visitors every year and is a focal point for those travelling to Ireland. The Dublin City of today is in the process of continual transformation, absorbing a bit of the trendy allure of other popular European cities.

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County Armagh

Located in the province of Ulster, County Armagh is the smallest of the six counties that comprise Northern Ireland. It is sometimes called the Orchard County, in reference to the abundance of apples that grow in the fertile soil. Mountains, rivers, lakes and islands can all be found in County Armagh. The River Bann flows into Lough Neagh, where Coney Island, Croaghan Flat, and other small islands can be found. Mega Mountain is visible from miles away in clear weather.

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County Carlow

Tiny County Carlow is located in the Southeast Region of Ireland. It is a quiet place, steeped in history along with natural beauty. The River Barrow flows languidly through the brilliant green countryside. Although County Carlow offers much to guests in the way of historical interest sites, modern Carlow Town is an expanding, vibrant market town located a little more than an hour's drive from the bustle of Dublin. As well as historic buildings such as its impressive 19th century Cathedral, the town hosts the large and growing Institute of Technology, as well as a thriving community of resident artists and craftspeople. To connect with the past, visitors can marvel at nearby Stone Age Browne's Hill Dolmen, which dates back to 2500 B.C.

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County Cavan

Blog PostsCounty Cavan is a rural county, located in the ancient province of Ulster -- though it is not in Northern Ireland. Lakes and hills abound in the Cavan. The "Shannon Pot" where the Shannon river begins, is located here, near where Cuilcagh Mountain reaches 2,188 feet towards the sky. Cavan Town, the county's main urban centre, is a small but growing commercial area with a variety of welcoming pubs and shops, while still retaining its rural charm.

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County Down

Located along the border with Northern Ireland, County Down is on the eastern coast in what many consider an outlying area of the country. It is known for having its own rare brand of isolated and idyllic natural beauty, coupled with ancient archaeological and religious sites that create a quiet, relaxed and awe inspiring atmosphere. The striking granite cliffs and summits of the Mourne Mountains mark the southern edge of County Down, providing scenic beauty for onlookers and opportunity for outdoor activities such as hiking, walking and nature study for visitors and residents alike. County Down offers a beautiful countryside – including mountains, beaches and spectacular forest and ocean views. There is also an intriguing collection of castles, historic homesteads, scenic forests and beaches to enjoy here, where St. Patrick is said to have landed when he first arrived in 432 A.D. 

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County Fermanagh

Natural beauty and history combine to create a special charm in this riverfront county located along the Erne. As the river spills into the Lough of the same name at the end of its journey, the landscape becomes covered with thick forests, broken by charming towns, historic castles, mysterious monastic ruins and fascinating caves reaching far below the earth's surface. County Fermanagh is located in Ulster province, in an area known as the Lake District for good reason. It sits at the southwestern end of Northern Ireland, bounded by counties Monaghan, Leitrim, Cavan, and Donegal. Geographically, the county is made up of lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, giving it a distinct rural flavor. Farms are plentiful, with dairy cows, sheep and other animals and their products contributing significantly to the local economy. Tourism also contributes heavily, especially along County Fermanagh's many beautiful waterways.

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County Galway

County Galway is situated in the west of Ireland, an area renowned for its music, culture and crafts. Galway also supports a fairly large Gaeltacht - an area where the Irish language is spoken and studied, and the country's traditional culture is preserved. The importance of carrying on tradition is made visible by the numerous music and culture festivals hosted each year in Galway City and nearby communities. County Galway is located in the province of Connaught, and is second in size to County Cork. It is named for its largest city and capital. County Galway sits on the shores of Galway Bay, with its rugged seascapes and scenic islands. Walking is a popular activity, partly because there are so many beautiful outdoor attractions to enjoy. Galway is a very popular tourist destination. Galway City is a vibrant city famous for its traditional music and its many festivals. This city has a wide range of restaurants and hotels and is famous for its nightlife.

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County Kildare

County Kildare can be found just southwest of Dublin, located on the edge of Ireland’s historic Pale. Its name in Irish, Chill dara (pronounced "kill dara"), means “Church of the Oaks”. Naas is Kildare’s County Town and administrative centre. Other important County Kildare towns include Newbridge, Maynooth, and Cellbridge. Kildare has experienced major economic growth in recent decades, as major international firms Hewlett Packard and Intel have chosen the region as their European headquarters. Previously small rural communities throughout Kildare have been reinvented as thriving commuter towns, as the capital city continues to attract workers and sprawl outwards.

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County Leitrim

The Irish name of this mostly inland county is Liath Druim, which translated means Grey Ridge. Located in the province of Connaught, County Leitrim is its smallest county with the lowest population. Traditionally an agricultural area, its main products were those produced in connection with raising cattle and growing potatoes. County Leitrim’s beautiful natural scenic areas are plentiful, especially around the shores of Lough Allen and near Glencar Waterfall.

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County Longford

This tranquil slice of Ireland is located in the centre of the Midlands, along a variety of rivers and lakes that offer paradise for anglers of every type. In addition to rural relaxation, County Longford is also host to a number of interesting historic and heritage attractions. The residents of County Longford earn their living mostly through agriculture, as the low-lying land contains a rich, moist soil conducive to potato and oat crops. Sheep and cattle graze both here and in the hillier landscape to the north, which slopes down into the lake and river areas of the Shannon and Lough Ree.

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