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Garadice Lake

Located in a remote, scenic setting, Garadice Lough in County Leitrim is part of the 40 mile / 63 km Shannon-Erne waterway, traversable by boat. Renowned among fishing enthusiasts, Garadice is a medium sized lake by Irish standards, occupying roughly 1200-acres / 5 square km. The lake is 5 metres / 16 feet deep, although in places it sinks three times deeper.

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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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Slieve Bloom Mountains

Beautiful, surprising, haunting and peaceful, Ireland's Slieve Bloom Mountains are a hillwalker's paradise. The mountain range forms a broad elongated dome, extending for almost 25km in a north-easterly/south-westerly direction on the Laois/Offaly border, near the centre of the Irish Republic. Rising from a flat central plain, the mountains provide great panoramic views of the surrounding midlands, though the range never exceeds 610m. Now a Government-protected area, the bog-covered Slieve Bloom National Nature Reserve extends some 2100 hectares over the peaks of Arderin (the highest), Wolftrap, Carnahinch, Barna and Knockachorra mountains and the Ridge of Capard.

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The Marble Arch Caves

The Marble Arch Cave complex at the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh and have a magical atmosphere, reminiscent of Stephen Speilberg's movie The Goonies. The underground Claddagh River runs through the cave's winding passages, encountering lofty chambers with huge stalagmites and stalactites, and a glorious waterfall. Visitors can take the "wet entrance" to the cave via a guided boat tour, which lasts for 10 minutes, before disembarking at the Grand Gallery, where they can explore the caves on foot. The entire tour takes around 75 minutes.

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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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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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Lough Gur Stone Age Centre

Lough Gur is widely renowned as one of Western Europe’s important archeological centres. Humans have continuously inhabited this area ever since the Neolithic Age, and many treasures were discovered on the shores when the lake level was lowered in the 1800s. The exhibit items and presentations you’ll see here illuminate the story of humanity in this region over a period of nearly 5,000 years.

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Castle Ward

Castle Ward sits on the south shore of Stangford Lough, nestled amid woodlands, gardens and the beauty of the lakeshore. This manor house is unique because it is made up of two completely different styles of architecture and décor. Bernard Ward, the First Viscount Bangor, and his wife, Anne, built the home in the 1760s. According to history, they could not agree on the style for their new abode, so they each chose what they liked for half of the mansion. Lord Bangor took the front portion, and chose a Classical, orderly and restrained style of architecture and furnishing, while Anne’s half, located at the back of the house, was designed and furnished in a more whimsical and ornate Strawberry Hill Gothic.

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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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