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The Cliffs of Moher

Ireland's most visited natural attraction, these sea-cliffs in County Clare are 5 miles (8 km) long and soar over 700 feet (200 metres) above the crashing waves. When standing at the beautiful and breath-taking canvas of the Cliffs of Moher, you come face-to-face with the the ageless and savage power of nature. Perhaps the 1940's naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger described the impact of these cliffs best when he wrote: "If you want to feel very small, go out in one of the canvas curraghs [small canvas boats] on a day when the ground swell is coming in from the ocean, and get your boatman to row you along the base of one of those gigantic rock walls."

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Molly Malone Statue

Opposite Trinity College at the end of Grafton Street, stands a statue of a buxom fishmonger known as Molly Malone, plying her wares with a wheelbarrow. Note: the Molly Malone statue has been temporarily moved to nearby Andrew Street, due to construction of a tram line. The monument is expected to be returned to Grafton Street before the end of 2017. The sculpture of Molly Malone was designed by Jeanne Rynart and was unveiled during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations by then Lord Mayor, Ben Briscoe. In keeping with a tradition of using playful rhyming names for city monuments, locals affectionately refer to the statue as "the tart with the cart," "the dish with the fish," and "the trollop with the scallop."

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Ha'penny Bridge

Regularly featuring in postcards of Dublin, this sweet old footbridge once demanded a half penny toll of pedestrians who crossed it. The best time to see this high-arched, cast iron bridge is during off-peak hours, a bustling crowd continually streams over the bridge every day. Many of them fail to notice its elegant white railings, its old-fashioned, decorative lamps, its distinct shape, or its splendid views over the River Liffey. Indeed, the Ha'penny offers a wonderful way to walk from the Jervis Street / Mary Street shopping district on the north of the Liffey to the bohemian collection of pubs and restaurants in the Temple Bar district on the south.

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What are the Most Popular Attractions in Dublin?

People from around the world enjoy the unique flavour of Guinness Stout. That's why so many are interested in visiting the place where the tradition began. The works of Irish artists from as far back as the 14th century, plus a number of European treasures, can be seen at the The National Gallery. The Dublin zoo is the oldest zoos in all the world, more than 700 hundred animals, including some rare species, live here in a variety of surroundings -- but visit on a weekday to avoid crowds. Don't miss 'Dvblina' multimedia exhibition at ChristChurch, which tells the story of Dublin’s Viking history. The Book of Kells is perhaps the most well-known Irish artistic treasure, this illuminated manuscript from the 9th century is on display at Trinity College. A tour of Dublin's this northside cemetery, where many of Ireland's most prominent figures are buried, is a great way to get an understanding of modern Irish history.

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Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Cork is most famous for its "Stone of Eloquence", known internationally as the Blarney Stone. Situated just 8 km from Cork City, Blarney is one of Ireland’s oldest castles with the first structure dating back to the 11th century. It has been rebuilt several times with the third and present day Castle completed in 1446 by Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster. The castle is now a partial ruin, although some rooms can be accessed and are open to the public.

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What to See in Dublin in a Day

Do you only have one day to see the sights of Dublin? Whether you're on a business trip, a city break, a shore excursion, a bus tour or just passing through, we've put together a great itinerary of places to see during your one-day visit to Dublin. We haven't included them, but here are plenty of places for coffee and lunch along this route. Stephen's Green is a beautiful urban park is an oasis of calm in the city centre, and also one of Dublin's oldest Georgian squares. In Trinity College, it's like stepping through the arch of Ireland's oldest college is like stepping back in time. Take a walk around the grounds and admire the magnificent architecture. Inside the library is Trinity's most famous exhibit, the Book of Kells.

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The Belfast Murals

The West Belfast areas of Shankhill Road and Falls Road are decorated with a variety of wall murals. These murals express the political loyalties of the people who live in the surrounding working class neighbourhoods. Painted on homes and other buildings, the murals represent an art form as worthy of a guided tour as any museum in the country. Some are ornate works of art, embellished and professional, while others impress viewers with minimal artistry and stark emotion. The colourful murals depict a variety of scenes ranging from King William's victory in the Battle of the Boyne to images taken from the Book of Kells.

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Trinity College

The oldest college in Ireland is a magical step back in time, situated on a peaceful, picturesque campus in the middle of Dublin City. Its famous alumni include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, Samuel Beckett and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland. The college was built on the site of the former All Hallow's priory, which was disbanded and replaced by the Protestant bastion founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592. Her aim in creating the school was to "civilize" Dublin and its residents. From Trinity's beginnings until 1966, Catholics who attended risked excommunication unless they were granted a special dispensation from the Church. Although Trinity offered them a free education, it was contingent upon acceptance of the Protestant faith.

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Killarney

The colourful town of Killarney (population: 9,000) in County Kerry is synonymous in Ireland with tourism. For those who want Irish-themed shopping, Irish music nights and Irish souvenirs, Killarney is the place to go. For others, Killarney is a "Celtic themepark" --  too commercialised lacking authenticity. They would prefer to go to further afield, perhaps to the remote hills of Donegal, or to the Gaelic-speaking community of Clare Island, to find the "true" Irish experience. Whatever your opinion of Killarney, there is no doubt that it is the main town in the centre of a region that has truly stunning scenery. From the stunning Dingle peninsula to the mountain of Corran Tuathail, the rural Southwest of Ireland still offers -- despite the country's recent modernisation -- some of the most beautiful, unspoilt and natural environments.

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The Burren

The Burren is a vast, other-worldly landscape in County Clare, created in the ice age by karstic limestone rock. An area of about 100 square miles (160 sq km), The Burren is located in the north-west corner of county Clare. Bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, with Galway Bay to the northwest, the Burren gets its name from the Gaelic word Boireann, meaning rocky place. Formed by glacial action, this wilderness of sparse soil is at times flat and sloping, at others broken by hillsides of limestone. These are in turn separated by imposing cliffs, containing tranquil valleys, peacefully meandering streams, and beautiful beaches. Visitors typically take a drive or bus through this region after visiting the nearby Cliffs of Moher, stopping off in Lisdoonvarna -- the main (albeit small) town in the Burren -- before heading north to Galway city.

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