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Ballinascarthy is a small village that is famed for its connection with the Ford Motor Company. The village is situated five miles from Clonakilty on the main road to Cork. The nearby Lisselan Estate, with some fine gardens, is open to the public. Other attractions in the area include golf and fishing.

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Cork City

Also known as The Rebel City because of its role in successive struggles for Irish independence, this centre of learning and industry was designated a European Capital of Culture in 2005. Cork City is situated between two channels of the River Lee, and there are enough bridges and waterways in the city to inspire comparisons to Venice.

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Waterford Treasures Exhibition

Located in the Granary on Merchant’s Quay, this exhibition centre presents a chronicle of Irish history via audiovisual presentations for its visitors, who travel three floors using a glass lift. The top floor displays information about the Viking, Anglo Norman and medieval periods, while the second floor spans the time period from the 19th century to the present. Exhibits include intriguing historical items such as a flute that probably belonged to a Viking in around 1150, fashioned from a goose or swan neck bone.

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The Waterford Crystal Factory

A showcase for the most well-known product of the area, Waterford Crystal, the factory was founded in 1783. It produced its most acclaimed work in the late 18th and early 19th centuries while provided ornate, heirloom quality pieces for English nobility as well as functional pieces for everyday use. The factory closed in 1851 due to the famine, and was reopened in 1947. Today, it is a world-class operation that employs many area residents.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford City

This 18th century cathedral in Waterford City is considered one of Ireland’s finest neoclassical Georgian structures. The current building replaced the original Neo Gothic cathedral built by Bishop Cheneix. Some of its most appealing features include Corinthian columns and the elegant yellow paint color, trimmed in white with intricate floral and laurel designs. The cathedral’s windows are made of clear glass only, as the bishop at the time of construction was not fond of the traditional stained glass.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Waterford City

This Roman Catholic house of worship was designed and built during the late 18th century, a particularly difficult and turbulent period for the religion in Irish history. It is widely known as the oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral in Ireland and the only one that is decidedly Baroque in style. It is an elegant and ornate structure, complete with vaulted ceilings, ornamental pillars, and the added embellishment of authentic Waterford Crystal chandeliers.

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Crawford Municipal Art Gallery

The building that houses the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery dates back to 1724. It is located on Emmet's Place, next to the Cork Opera house. Admission to Crawford Municipal Art Gallery is FREE.

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Cork City Gaol Heritage Center and Radio Museum

The proposal for a city gaol in Cork originated with an act of Parliament in 1804. The actual complex did not open to accept inmates until 1824.

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English Market

Commerce began on this site as the result of a 1610 charter of King James. The building that first covered this old English style food market was designed by Sir John Benson and built in 1881. A fire wreaked havoc here in 1980, but the market was subsequently rebuilt. Today it is known as Ireland's best. It is a paradise for lovers of good food, and known as Princes Street Market, or as the locals refer to it, the Covered Market.

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Salmon Weir Bridge, Galway City

Outside of salmon season, this 200 year old bridge offers nothing more than mildly pleasant views of Galway Cathedral and the River Corrib. Between April and July however, you can peer over the bridge edge into the fast-moving water and watch the silvery salmon fight their way upstream, back to their traditional spawning grounds on Lough Corrib. At the height of the season, crowds gather on the bridge and watch the salmon stream past.

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