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Dingle Town

Dingle Town is a 75-minute drive from Tralee on the N86 and two hours west of Killarney via Killorglin and Castlemaine, and is situated near the edge of the eponymous Dingle Peninsula. The coastal drive offers excellent views across the bay of the Iveragh Peninsula on the other side. Weather is an important consideration when planning a visit to Dingle -- if the mist is down, consider postponing. Visitors can take a 10 minute walk from the pier up Green St. to visit the best craft shops and proceed down Main Street, and back along the Mall to the pier to find the best shops, pubs, and restaurants.

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Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre

The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre is dedicated to the life and work of musician and traditional song collector, Seamus Ennis. The centre is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the traditional Irish arts.  From outside, it is a picture postcard -- indeed, the simple thatched roof and thick stone walls of the cottage that houses the centre are a modest entrance to the energetic and creative talents expressed inside in its Cottage Café, Parlour and other available rooms. Located in the tiny, picturesque village of Naul in North County Dublin, about 30 mins drive from Dublin City, this traditional music and cultural centre hosts a wide variety of currently well-known musicians, songwriters, and artists.

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Feakle Town

Feakle is a sleepy village in County Clare,  nestled within a diverse landscape made up of lakes, moors, the Sliabh Aughty Mountains and their valleys, which comes alive each year for its traditional music festival. The area is renowned for its association with the indigenous sport of hurling.

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The Glens Centre

This unique, intimate arts venue (140 seats) in rural Manorhamilton, County Leitrim is located in a former Methodist Church, built in the 1820s. Throughout the year, the venue offers a programme of musical, theatre and film performances, as well as readings by local authors, for locals and visitors. Traditional Irish music is often on the "menu". On average, there are typically one or two performances at the Glens Centre on any given week.

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Located around 10 miles west of Galway city on the coast road, Spiddal is a small village, overlooking Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. It has two fine beaches, one by the roadside and directly visible from the village, the other behind the pier, accessible via a narrow road west of the village. The latter is known as Trá na mBan (Traw-na-man), meaning Ladies Beach, and is one of six Blue Flag (EU-approved) beaches in County Galway. Spiddal forms part of the Gaeltacht region of Connemara, where Irish (Gaelic) is still spoken.

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Galway City

Galway City prides itself on being the bohemian Irish city, where people can let their hair down. Galway is Ireland's city that never sleeps, alive with cultural heritage and celebration. With a population of about 65,000, it is considered one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is also the ancient capital of Connaught province, and the current capital of what is known as the Hidden Ireland. Galway stands in contrast to some of Ireland's eastern cities, which many say have been "Europeanized" by recent development efforts. Galway City has earned the distinction as the keeper of the traditional customs and culture of Ireland.

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Ennis is the most important town in County Clare, and medieval in its origins and appearance. It is historically a market town, bisected by the River Fergus.

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Tigh Neachtain Pub

Tigh Neachtain, or Naughton’s Pub, is centrally located in the medieval part of Galway, and is a prime spot for live traditional Irish music. Located close to the Spanish Arch, this authentic, traditional old pub is filled with cosy wooden snugs, warm fireplaces and quiet hidden corners. It is a favorite gathering place for a friendly motley crew of local writers, artists, and students and conversation, as well as good beer, is always flowing liberally from mid-afternoon onwards. During summer months, the outdoor seating is popular. A selection of good food is also served.

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Lisdoonvarna, or Lis Duin Bhearna, is a popular village on the west coast of Ireland, in the Burren region of County Clare. This picturesque little town is one of the main stopping points for tourists exploring the dramatic scenery of the Burren region, or those visiting the nearby Cliffs of Moher. Lisdoonvarna is still sometimes referred to as a "spa town" -- a reference to time in the past when the village was known for the healing properties of its spring water. These days, many visitors stop off in Lisdoonvaran for a bite to eat, or stay longer to sample some music and dancing, and to explore the area. The town also features a visitor information centre, named Lisdoonvarna Failte, (Fall-Cha) meaning "Lisdoonvarna welcome".

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The Black Abbey, Kilkenny

Just south of St. Canice’s Cathedral, you can find Kilkenny's Black Abbey. The abbey is named after the Dominican order of monks, known for their black capes, who founded it in 1225. The priory was established in 1225 by William Marshall the younger, Earl of Pembroke.Despite becoming a property of the British crown in 1540, Dominican communities remained there until sixty years. In 1603, they were eventually evicted, when it was ordered that the building become a courthouse.

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