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National Aquatic Centre

The National Aquatic Centre is one of the world's largest indoor water activity and sport centres. It also houses a family waterpark called Aquazone. Opened in March 2003, the National Aquatic Centre was established by the government to be a state of the art venue for competitive indoor water sports. It offers a 10-lane, 50 metre x 25 metre Olympic standard swimming pool, and a 25-metre international standard diving pool/warm-up pool. The centre also contains seats for 2,500 spectators, and major aquatic events have been held here such as the Special Olympics World Summer Games and the European Short Course Swimming Championships.

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Cork City Gaol Heritage Center and Radio Museum

The proposal for a city gaol in Cork originated with an act of Parliament in 1804. The actual complex did not open to accept inmates until 1824.

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Tymon Park and Playgrounds

Dublin's second largest park, Tymon Park is a popular facility for children's play, sports, exercise, socialising and relaxing. In addition to paths for walking, jogging and dog walking (leads are required), it features several playing pitches for field sports such as Gaelic games and soccer.

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Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park is a beautiful mixed woodlands park, comprising 600 acres, woven around the lake and islands of Lough Oughter (pronounced Ooter).

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Navan Fort / Emain Macha

Just 2 miles (3.4km) west of Armagh city, Navan Fort is a large circular earthworks structure that is believed to have been an important site for Ireland's high kings as far back as 2,500 years ago. Surrounding a drumlin with an internal diameter of around 240 metres, Navan Fort resembles the better-known ancient mound at Newgrange. Despite its name, the site has no connection with the town of Navan in County Meath. The name Navan in this case derives from the site's original Gaelic name, Emain Macha (Ay-vawn Mack-a), thought to mean "the twins of Macha" (in Irish mythology, Macha was a goddess of war). Also deceptive is the word "fort”: the mound structure's low layout, and finds at the site, suggests it was more ceremonial than defensive.

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Ardgillan Castle and Demesne

Ardgillan Castle is a beautiful, two-storied country house, with castellated features. It set in 200 acres of parkland in a seaside area between Balbriggan and Skerries in North County Dublin.

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Lough Key Forest Park and Castle Island

Lough Key is one of Ireland’s most beautiful lakes, which can be reached by boaters on the River Shannon via the Boyle River. The Forest Park surrounding it comprises approximately 800 acres of varied woodland. The lake’s name derives from the Druid of the Silver Arm, also known as Cé (pronounced kay). The druid was said to be the king of the Tuatha de Danann, the mythical ancient people who, according to oral tradition, first inhabited the island of Ireland. Legend has it that he was drowned when the lake’s waters erupted from the earth.

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Dún a Rí Forest Park

One of Ireland's Government-protected Forest Parks, Dún a Rí (pronounced Doon A Ree) lies in a tranquil glen near the town of Kingscourt, County Cavan. Also known as Dún Na Rí  or Dún An Rí, the name loosely means "the King's Fort".

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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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Armagh Palace Demesne / Palace Stables

These stately Georgian era buildings in Armagh City once housed the royal stables. The renovated stables form the focal point of the Armagh Palace Demesne, a beautiful public parkland which gets its name from one of its other attractions -- the impressive building that was once the Archbishop's Palace.

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