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Muckross House and Traditional Farms

In the centre of beautiful Killarney National Park sits the Muckross Estate, also known as the "Jewel of Killarney". It is also sometimes referred to as Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park. This 1843, 20-room Elizabethan style mansion, with grounds adjacent to Lake Muckross, has become a focal point for the display of County Kerry culture and craftsmanship. The picturesque, ivy covered mansion was built by Henry Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herbert, a watercolourist of some renown. Both are buried in nearby Killegy Churchyard.

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Armagh Planetarium

The Armagh Planetarium showcases a wide range of exhibits and observation opportunities that combine to unravel some of the mysteries of the heavens and chronicle the history of modern space travel.

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Cavan County Museum

Housed in a 19th century former convent in Ballyjamesduff, the Cavan County Museum opened in June 1996. In the peaceful realm that used to be occupied by the Poor Clare order, the museum traces the history of Cavan from the Stone Age through modern times using a variety of exhibits.

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Workhouse Museum and Waterside Library

On the east side of Derry/Londonderry city, the Derry Workhouse Museum is located in a building that was established in 1832 to alleviate poverty. Adjoining the museum is Waterside Libbrary.

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Craggaunowen Project

Craggaunowen Project is a unique, open-air museum, and a historical experience unlike most others. Set in 50 acres of lakeside woodland near the town of Quin, the project reconstructs several examples of early historic dwelling places. The complex is located near the town of Quin, and provides visitors with a trip back in time by realistically displaying the Celtic way of life in all its glory and struggle. Note: the Craggaunowen Living Past Experience Project is generally only open between the months of May and August. Check the Shannon Heritage website for details.

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Muckross House and Gardens and Traditional Farm

In the centre of beautiful Killarney National Park sits the Muckross Estate, also known as the "Jewel of Killarney". It is also sometimes referred to as Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park. This 1843, 20-room Elizabethan style mansion, with grounds adjacent to Lake Muckross, has become a focal point for the display of County Kerry culture and craftsmanship. The picturesque, ivy covered mansion was built by Henry Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herber>t, a watercolourist of some renown. Both are buried in nearby Killegy Churchyard.

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Lifford Old Courthouse

Built in 1746, the Courthouse and Gaol in Lifford, County Donegal is one of the oldest in Ireland, but serves today as a museum and local event venue. In a fun "live" tour, visitors mingle with actors playing 19th century prisoners and officers, who guide them around the building's original dungeons. Museum-goers thus get to experience what it was like to be a prisoner, and to be arrested by the prison guard. Tour guides assist them through the charging and fingerprinting processes. Some may get (briefly) thrown into solitary confinement, or even into the stocks! The experience is particularly fun for kids, who enjoy the scariness of it all.

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Derrynane House and National Park

This 17th Century estate was the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, the prominent Irish political figure known as The Liberator. The house, garden, and 320 acres of beautiful seaside parkland on the Ring of Kerry route combine to make up Derrynane National Park. The O'Connell family house now serves as a museum for The Liberator's many valuable historical artefacts.

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Galway City Museum

Located near the Spanish Arch, the museum was founded in 1976. Its structure was formerly a private house, home to sculptress Clare Sheridan. The museum site is also located near the place where the original city docks were built in 1270. In addition to the Spanish Arch, there were three others - only the Blind Arch remains. The missing two arches were located at the spot where the museum now stands. A speculation is that the Arches were used to store imported goods and avoid taxation. Galway City Museum contains a variety of Irish artifacts from historical events, including the Connaught Rangers, the Civil War, and the Insurrection of 1916.

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Armagh County Museum

Armagh County Museum is a treasury of local history and art that uniquely reflects the character of the region known as the "Orchard County". The museum features many permanent as well as travelling exhibits. Built in 1834, the building was first used as a school.  Some years later, it was occupied by the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society. Many of the items included in the museum's current exhibits were passed down from the Society when the museum opened its doors in 1937.

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