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Ireland - home of many famous writers, poets, singers and music, of St Patrick, Guinness, whiskey and an unfathomably large number of exceptional pubs – can be rainy, at times even desolate, but never less than extraordinarily fun. Ireland has benefited substantially from its EU membership, and alongside all the old traditions – the late night pub singalongs and minuscule but gorgeously scenic farming communities – you’ll find the island of Ireland is moving with the times.

With Northern Ireland’s violence hopefully ground to a halt, trips around the entire island are a great travel option. Dublin is an impressive starting point. The Guinness Storehouse and nearby Jameson distillery demonstrate the locals' renowned taste for a swig or two, while the cobbled streets and traditional music of temple bar and jagged, stony architecture of Dublin’s many churches take you to the heart of what it is to be Irish.

Head north, and the vivid murals that adorn the walls of gritty Belfast’s houses tell their own tales of a darker history, while the highly regarded indie rock music scene is every bit as enjoyable as Dublin’s more traditional counterpart. The Giant’s Causeway – a natural formation of hexagonal rocks that slope down into crashing waters north of Belfast – is a breathtaking natural attraction, while the cliffs of Donegal and the rustic fishing villages and farm land around them are a true taste of cookie-box rural Ireland.

Head out west, and you’ll find Galway, a traditional city weighed down with culture and buskers on the streets as well as boats out to the magnificent and barren Aran Islands. Just to the south the proud Cliffs of Moher and desolate expanses of the Burren are startling natural draws. Then there’s the musical culture of Ennis, Gaelic football in Kerry and 6th century, crumbling monasteries of Skellig Micheal.

Away from the tourist centers, the warm welcome of Irish natives is a massive draw in itself: there’s nothing quite like an Irish stew in a thatched cottage while a red haired child entertains you with her harp. It can be a costly destination, but Ireland’s scenic sites and unique, joyful culture are worth the expense.

Dublin #1 most popular location
The increasingly cosmopolitan streets of Dublin have had a tumultuous time recently. As both the greatest benefactor of EU membership and – aside from Iceland’s bankruptcy – and one of …
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Galway #2 most popular location
A city that revels in its Gaelic traditions and has long been known as the “City of the Tribes”, Galway is the third largest town in Ireland, and probably the most important city when it …
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Killarney #3 most popular location
Poised on the northeastern shores of the Lough Lein and Lough Leane, part of the world-famous Killarney National Park, Killarney is an Irish town in the southwestern part of the country and o…
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Cork #4 most popular location
Cork come from the Irish term "Corcaigh" meaning "swamp". Straddling the River Lee with the actual center of the city on an island created by a branching of channels, Cork stands as a major I…
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Kilkenny #5 most popular location
Kilkenny city- characterised by beautifully restored old buildings and winding slipways - is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and cont…
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Blarney #6 most popular location
Blarney, known as "the biggest little village in Ireland", is one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. One of the finest things that impresses the first time visitor is the well preserved …
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Dingle #7 most popular location
The main town on the Dingle peninsula, Dingle is a small fishing town in County Kerry. Centred around the natural harbour, the town offers the visitor to sample the local catches in one of it…
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Doolin #8 most popular location
Doolin is a charming small seaside village on the northwest coast of County Clare. Once a traditional fisihing village it is now a more noted as a center for traditional music and a surfing d…
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Limerick #9 most popular location
(Summary of Limerick, written by TravBuddy Waterart1:) Limerick is in the south-west and the Republic of Ireland’s third largest city (after Dublin and Cork) with approximately 100.000 inh…
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Waterford #10 most popular location
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Westport #11 most popular location
Westport, designated as one of Bord Failte's (Irish Tourist Board) heritage towns is one of the main tourist destinations in the West of Ireland. The town plays host to many festivals through…
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Clifden #12 most popular location
Set between the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands, lies the town of Clifden on the Coast of Connemara. An area at long last recognised as a new popular destination an…
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Bunratty #13 most popular location
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Tralee #14 most popular location
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Cliffs of Moher #15 most popular location
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of C…
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Kenmare #16 most popular location
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Kinsale #17 most popular location
Kinsale is in County cork, famous for golf, yachting, angling, and delicious seafoods. Kinsale has been a centre of trade, fishin ang commerce, owing it to the Bandon RIver where water transp…
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Donegal #18 most popular location
Ireland's most north western county, Donegal shares a long land border with Northern Ireland and connects to the rest of the Republic of Ireland by a small 12 mile corridor of land. Once the …
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Ennis #19 most popular location
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Shannon #20 most popular location
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Howth #21 most popular location
Howth is a very charming village known for its fishing community. It's a great trip from Dublin (just take the DART train) and is full of trekking opportunities along the coast. For those loo…
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Giant's Causeway #22 most popular location
The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worthy of a visit, especially if the weather is fine. Comprising of over 40,000 basalt columns that were created when volcanic lava, w…
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Wicklow #23 most popular location
Wicklow is a county in the South East of Ireland. It is just one hour away from Dublin City Centre. It is known for its idealic settings and its magnificent mountains, lakes and rivers. …
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Connemara #24 most popular location
"Connemara is a savage beauty", Oscar Wilde Situated in the of Ireland (West Galway & South Mayo) it is a haven for people in search of the real Ireland. The unspoilt environment offers a …
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Sligo #25 most popular location
The capital of County Sligo is an attractive town with good bars and restaurants, theatres, art galleries and delicatessens. Sligo is the largest town in the north-west, with a heritage going…
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Lisdoonvarna #26 most popular location
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Wexford #27 most popular location
Wexford is on the Banks of the River Slaney is only twelve miles from the International Europort at Rosslare Harbour and a two hour drive from Dublin, Wexford is an energetic, cosmopolitan mi…
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Athlone #28 most popular location
Athlone is a town that lies on the River, located close to the geographical centre of Ireland. It's a quite small town (about 10 000 inhabitants). There is a lot of international students, w…
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Cashel #29 most popular location
Cashel Town owes its origin to the Rock of Cashel. The 'rock' is actually a stratified limestone, elevated from the broad plain. Atop this geological wonder is a group of remarkable ruins …
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Cobh #30 most popular location
Cobh is a beautiful town in Cork, it is pronounced "cove" but a lot of tourists seems to pronounce is "cob-h" which I find kind of funny! It is a very popular boating area.
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Glendalough #31 most popular location
Glendalough is just a very small town in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. It is part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough means 'Glen/Valley of the Two Lakes' in Gaelic. It is located one…
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Swords #32 most popular location
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Cong #33 most popular location
The tiny, picture-postcard town of Cong might well be my favorite place in all of Ireland. It's home to a magnificent castle that's been redone as a hotel (and was the sight of Pierce Brosnan…
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Ballina #34 most popular location
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Tramore #36 most popular location
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Letterkenny #37 most popular location
Letterkenny is the main urban centre in Donegal. Until recently dubbed the fastest growning town in the EU. Letterkenny takes its name from the Irish " Leitir Ceanainn " - meaning the "Hillsi…
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Clonakilty #38 most popular location
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Bundoran #39 most popular location
Bundoran, remembered as Ireland’s Premier Seaside Resort, it has now fallen upon quieter times. It is located on the shores of the Atlantic coast against a backdrop of the majestic Ben Bulb…
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Dungarvan #40 most popular location
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Mullingar #41 most popular location
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Dun Laoghaire #42 most popular location
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Newgrange #43 most popular location
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic …
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Cahersiveen #44 most popular location
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Drogheda #45 most popular location
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Sneem #46 most popular location
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Adare #47 most popular location
The name Adare is derived from Ath Dara, meaning 'the ford of the oak'. The village's streets are lined with original thatched cottages survived for hundreds of years. Renowned as Ireland…
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Ring of Kerry #48 most popular location
The Ring of Kerry is a fantastic area in the South West of Ireland. Kerry has some of the finest beaches in Europe that provide all the facilities for an amazing seaside holiday. It is al…
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Killorglin #49 most popular location
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Bantry #50 most popular location
Bantry is a very pretty port town in south-west Cork with a vibrant Friday market. It is a very touristy area, it has a few good camping spots and very good nightlife.
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