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County Kerry

On the southwestern portion of Ireland, County Kerry is home to some of the most widely recognized locations in Ireland. Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula, and the County Town of Tralee make "The Kingdom" well known all around the world. The geography of County Kerry includes mountain and sea, with peaks that number among the highest in the country. Mount Brandon and Mount Carrauntoohill grace the coastal peninsulas. Rainfall is abundant here, and the proximity of the Gulf Stream just off the Kerry coast adds warm water temperatures to the mix, making Kerry the perfect environment for a wide variety of greenery and exotic plant life.

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Saint Anne's Park

Saint Anne's is a beautiful and popular, sprawling park situated between the suburbs of Raheny and Clontarf on the north side of Dublin. This gorgeous, romantic park is impeccably kept, and is particularly beautiful during the months of autumn. Saint Anne’s offers woodland paths popular with both walkers and joggers, and the park is heavily used by the public. The park is situated quite near to the northern coast of Dublin Bay and the Chestnut Pathway, which runs parallel to the Coast Road, is the most popular route taken by joggers, walkers and cyclists.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin serves as the central house of worship for the Church of Ireland (Anglican) diocese of Dublin and Glendalough. In fact, it was the main state church until 1871. For over a thousand years, the building has remained a bastion of Protestantism in the mainly Roman Catholic southern part of Ireland. The medieval core of the church stands inside a Victorian shell, but Sitric "Silkbeard", King of Dublin and the first bishop, Dunan, established the original building. The seat of Irish bishops since the times of the Vikings, the cathedral was rebuilt circa 1186 by Archbishop John Cumin, and again in 1562 following a huge building collapse. Christ Church Cathedral underwent further renovation during the 1870s by George Street.

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The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a hugely popular road route through the southwest of Ireland that encompasses some of Ireland's best scenery and heritage. Beginning in the town of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry comprises three roads -- the N70,  the N71, and the R562 -- that together form a circuitous route through the Iveragh Peninsula. It is so popular with tourists that the roads often become extremely busy. You may find yourself stuck behind one or more tour buses, especially during summer months. The traditional route (176 kilometres / 110 miles) requires time to explore, especially if you intend stopping off at all the major sites.One day may not be enough.

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Jervis Shopping Centre

Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, near the shopping district of Henry Street and Mary Street, the Jervis Centre is a popular shopping mall with everything under one roof. The Jervis Car Park is popular with shoppers because it is accessible from the North Quays -- the road that flanks the north side of the River Liffey -- and has a maximum daily rate of €12 euros. It hosts one of the largest Boots in Dublin. A huge Marks and Spencer is among the Jervis Centre's most popular stores. The Jervis Shopping Centre has its own LUAS (tram) stop, and is just one stop away from O'Connell Street.

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The Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park is a mountain pass that was carved out two million years ago by slow moving glacial ice. Stunning, breathtaking, unique and beautiful are some of the expressions used in earnest by tourists who experience the area's panoramic views. 

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Great Sugar Loaf

Known simply as the Sugar Loaf, this mountain is located in east County Wicklow, south of Bray, and just a 20 minute drive from Dublin. Offering superb views over the Dublin and Wicklow coastlines, the mountain is a mere 501 metres / 1,644 ft high. It is called the Great Sugar Loaf to distinguish it from the Little Sugar Loaf mountain to the east --- on the other side of the N11 dual carriageway road, which runs from Dublin to Wicklow. The hill is located near the pretty villages of Kilmacanogue and Enniskerry. From the other side, the hiker can see the beautiful Powerscourt Estates and Waterfalls. On a clear day, hikers even claim they can see as far away as Snowdonia mountain, which lies across the Irish sea, in Wales!

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Farmleigh House and Estate

Farmleigh House is the designated official state guest house for visiting heads of state and dignitaries. Originally the home of Arthur Guinness's great grandson --- Edward Cecil, the Earl of Iveagh. Now Ireland's official visitor residence, host to President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and other world dignitaries. Located in Europe's largest park, Phoenix Park, where the Irish President's home is also found. Unique interior with exquisite ceilings, artwork and decor. Huge, magical gardens -- great for a picnic. Cafe/restaurant on site.

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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

The historical and archaeological treasures of Ireland are housed in this extraordinary Victorian building. Admission is FREE to this wonderful attraction, which is capped by a beautiful, 62-foot high dome. The floor inside has a detailed mosaic of the zodiac. The museum itself was established in 1890. Over the last century and a half, it has accumulated treasures that range from Ireland's prehistoric times; through the Celtic and Gaelic eras of clans and chieftains; then the various medieval periods, including the Viking and Norman invasions; through modern Irish history and struggle for independence, up to the present day.

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Dublin Zoo

Located in Phoenix Park just past People’s Garden, Dublin Zoo holds the distinction of being the third oldest public zoo in the world. Only those in London and Paris have been in existence longer. The zoo measures 59 acres. By way of a comparison, it is almost twice the size of London zoo (36 acres), but less than a quarter the size of New York's Bronx zoo (265 acres). Dublin zoo contains more than 235 species of wild animals and tropical birds, with an overall population of over 700 animals. The zoo is organised into various zones and houses that match the habitats of the animals.

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