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Mt. Stewart Estate

You can find Mt. Stewart Estate just north of the Village of Greyabbey, where the mild climate of the peninsula is kind to growing exotic plants like those that flourish in its gardens. These unique beds, terraces, and walkways were laid out after WWI and are considered to be some of the finest in the country. The estate was the seat of the Marquises of Londonderry, and the manor house was built upon the remains of an earlier structure, beginning in 1804 when George Dance created the west face. William V. Morrisson designed the neoclassical main wing, added in 1845.

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Eyre Square

Eyre Square is the site of the crossroads of the Galway area and Galway city. It contains a number of attractions on the east shore of the River Corrib. Kennedy Park is located on the green lawn portion of the square, named after the late American president, who visited here in June of 1963. At the entrance to the park sits the Browne Doorway, taken from Browne family townhouse in 1905.

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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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Bushy Park

Bushy Park in Terenure, a south Dublin suburb, is a family-oriented  riverside and woodland park, away from the bustle of the city. It is known for its various outdoor and leisure amenities.

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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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Tulleynalley Castle and Gardens

The village of Castlepollard is a colorful place, highlighted by the 17th century Gothic Revival Tunnynally Castle. In addition to an extraordinary surrounding park and gardens, this castle claims the distinction of being the largest castle in Ireland that also remains a family home. The house and grounds provide visitors with a fine view onto the Midlands of Ireland, where the pace is slow and easy, and lakes and rivers embellish lush, verdant landscapes. The word Tullynally actually means “Hill of the Swans”. Its castle has a rich history, preserved by the Packenham family, which has made its home there for ten generations.

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Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall

 Nestled in the Wicklow Mountains near the village of Enniskerry is perhaps the most beautiful garden in all of County Wicklow, at the Estate of Powerscourt. The breathtaking mountain setting combines with a formal landscape to create a garden experience widely recognized as one of the finest in all of Europe. The design is inspired by Italian and Greek tradition, and incorporates unique antique sculpture, fountains, and ironwork -- all amidst the beauty of the horticultural wonders growing there.

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New Ross and Kennedy Memorials

The area around the port city of New Ross (about 30km west of Wexford town on the N25 route) is host to three sites connected with the late American President John F. Kennedy. He was a tremendously popular figure among the Irish people, and these attractions illuminate the Kennedy family history and memorialize the man with the respect and affection of a proud family homeland.

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