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Ardigole and Healy Pass

Ardigole is a small, pretty and historic harbour village located on the scenic Healy Pass road. This hilly route through the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula offers amazing panoramas, particularly if taken in the late afternoon on a summer’s day. The road winds from West Cork through to County Kerry.

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What are the Things to See in Sligo?

Sligo is a beautiful and historic town in the Northwest of Ireland. It is famous for its connections with William Butler Yeats, winner of the noble prize for literature, and national poet of Ireland.

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Kilkenny City

In the 18th century, Kilkenny City Center’s stylish Georgian Town Houses were the favored headquarters of Ireland’s country aristocracy. The city is also billed as “Ireland’s Medieval Capital”, and contains several lovely old buildings from the era, including Kilkenny Castle, situated on the River Nore. The city center itself was built upon the base of a 900 year old Norman Citadel. The name Kilkenny is derived from Kil Cainneach, or Church of Canice, a sixth century saint who founded a monastic school in the area.

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The Tholsel

Originally erected for the purposes of collecting taxes -- it's name derived from old English words meaning toll hall -- the Tholsel has since served as a courthouse and custom house. The first Tholsel was built around 1400, when Kilkenny became a walled city. The present structure is the third Tholsel. Built in 1761, it was restored in 1949. It houses the city's civic records, the oldest of which is the "Liber Primus", which dates to the early 13th century.

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National Aquatic Centre

The National Aquatic Centre is one of the world's largest indoor water activity and sport centres. It also houses a family waterpark called Aquazone. Opened in March 2003, the National Aquatic Centre was established by the government to be a state of the art venue for competitive indoor water sports. It offers a 10-lane, 50 metre x 25 metre Olympic standard swimming pool, and a 25-metre international standard diving pool/warm-up pool. The centre also contains seats for 2,500 spectators, and major aquatic events have been held here such as the Special Olympics World Summer Games and the European Short Course Swimming Championships.

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St. Anne's Cathedral / Belfast Cathedral

St Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, was erected at the turn of the 20th century upon the site of the original of St Anne's Parish Church. Outside, the Cathedral is attractive without being overly ornate, while the interior is definitely worth a visit.

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This area of Galway city, once a fishing village, is renowned as the origin of the traditional Claddagh ring. Its design, two hands together upon a heart with a crown on top, signifies love, loyalty, and friendship.

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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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The Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a famine ship -- a three-masted barque that was used to transport emigrants from Ireland to Canada, from where the majority went on to the United States. She is moored off Custom House Quay, Dublin and shows visitors what her desperate passengers endured during their search for a new life in a different country.

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Allihies – with two shops, a post office and four pubs – is typical of the type of self-contained Irish village that was once found throughout the country. Villages like Allihies (population: 650) are becoming less prolific as the country’s rapid urbanisation continues, with more people moving to suburban dormitories.

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