The Gathering Tour - History & Heritage Self Drive 11 Day

The Gathering Tour - History & Heritage Self Drive 11 Day

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This tour starts and ends in Dublin but can be adjusted to suit other arrival points such as Shannon.

Attractions on This Tour

Dublin City

Dublin, the capital city of Ireland is an exciting blend of the old and new. You can walk in the footsteps of Wilde in Georgian Dublin, pass by the windmill studios where U2 lay down their world famous tracks and stand in the place where President Barack Obama in 2011 uttered those famous words in the tongue of his ancestors - Is feidir linn – Yes we can!

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Dublin City

Temple Bar, Dublin City

Temple Bar is located on Dublin’s south-side and lies between the Bank of Ireland (opposite Trinity College) and Christchurch. Unlike the majority of Dublin city, it has maintained it’s medieval street pattern, complete with cobbled, narrow streets.

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Temple Bar, Dublin City

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City

At the heart of the city of Dublin for almost a thousand years, Christ Church cathedral has a rich cultural history which can be traced from the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans to the present. Its diverse architectural and sculptural heritage remains a source of fascination to visitors and pilgrims alike who enter this hallowed space.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City

Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Dublin City

The Dublin Tour has been carefully designed to give you the freedom to explore and experience the history and culture of Dublin at your leisure. You will get the opportunity to visit all the main Dublin attractions along the route and these include Dublin Zoo, St Patrick’s cathedral and Trinity College (home of the Book of Kells).

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Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Dublin City

Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin City

Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Due to its picturesque setting and the famous people connected with it - Oscar Wilde studied here - Trinity College is one of the city's main tourist attractions.

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Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin City

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin City

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion).

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St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin City

Viking Splash Tour, Dublin City

Book a trip with Viking Splash Tours for a unique Dublin sightseeing experience by Land and Water. Viking captains will guide you on a fun and witty tour of Dublin City, taking in all the top sights including Viking and Medieval Dublin, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Georgian Dublin and much more!

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Viking Splash Tour, Dublin City

Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, Dublin City

A step aboard the Jeanie Johnston is a step towards understanding the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the “New World” of North America. It’s to experience the fear of the unknown ahead, the flight from poverty and famine, the pain of separation from family, and the challenge of a 4,800 km (3,000 mi) voyage braving gales and harsh seas.

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Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, Dublin City

Glasnevin Museum & Cemetery, County Dublin

Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery offers a dynamic interpretation of Ireland’s history told through the lives of the people buried in Ireland’s necropolis. They have access to a rich narrative of Ireland told through the stories of Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Eamon DeValera, Countess Marckievicz and Brendan Behan to name but a few. It offers daily tours and interactive exhibitions.

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Glasnevin Museum & Cemetery, County Dublin

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

At Guinness Storehouse you’ll discover all there is to know about the world’s most famous beer. A dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends…where else - in the Gravity® bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff.

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Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin City

The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street, first opened its doors in 1890. Here you'll find artifacts dating from 7000BC to the 20th Century exhibited in seven galleries. The Treasury exhibition space is currently closed for refurbishment but visitors can still see the beautiful Iconic Treasures exhibition in the small treasury which features iconic artifacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard.

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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Dublin City

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Dublin City

The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks was opened in 1997 and is housed in former army barracks. At this museum you'll find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewelry, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.

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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Dublin City

Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin City Centre

The Chester Beatty Museum was founded in 1950 to house the collection of rare books ,manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings and drawings, bequeathed to Ireland by the American mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

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Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin City Centre

Hill of Tara, County Meath

Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara, which is s about 1.6 kms (0.9 mi) to the right off the main Navan/ Dublin Road, has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. It is the wealth of history and legend associated with Royal Tara as the ancient spiritual and political Capital of Ireland, and its central place in Irish History, which attracts ongoing, national and international interest.

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Hill of Tara, County Meath

Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, County Meath

Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 BC), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath, Ireland. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however it is now recognized to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.

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Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, County Meath

Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. He was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 - a move which aimed to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare (Strongbow).

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Trim Castle, County Meath

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, County Meath

The Battle of the Boyne between King William III and his father-in-law, King James II, was fought in July 1690. Both kings commanded their armies in person, 36,000 on the Williamite side and 25,000 on the Jacobite side - the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland.

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Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, County Meath

Strokestown House, Museum & Garden, County Roscommon

Strokestown Park was built by Thomas Mahon MP (1701-1782) on lands, which had been granted to his grandfather Nicholas in the latter half of the 17th Century for his support in the British colonial campaign. It was the family home of the Mahon family until 1979 when the house, in an advanced state of disrepair along with what remained of the estate was purchased by a local company - Westward Garage - who needed some extra land to expand their business.

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Strokestown House, Museum & Garden, County Roscommon

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, County Mayo

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is set in modern exhibition galleries in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and surrounded by magnificent gardens and lake. This award-winning museum is home to the National Folklife Collection. With exhibitions spread over four floors, the Museum gives its visitors a unique opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s.

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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, County Mayo

Knock Shrine, County Mayo

The Story of Knock began on Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. Beside them and a little to their left was an altar with a cross and the figure of a lamb, around which angels hovered.

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Knock Shrine, County Mayo

Connemara Region, County Galway

Connemara (in Irish: Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland comprising of a broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway or south west Connacht. The Conmhaicne Mara were a branch of the Conmhaicne, an early tribal grouping that had a number of branches located in different parts of Connacht.

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Connemara Region, County Galway

Killary Fjord, County Galway

Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the West of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 km (9.94 mi) long and in the centre over 45 m (148 ft.) deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.

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Killary Fjord, County Galway

Killary Cruises, County Galway

No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm.

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Killary Cruises, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms.

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Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Connemara National Park, County Galway

Connemara National Park is situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range which are a dominant feature of the Connemara countryside.

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Connemara National Park, County Galway

Dan O' Haras/Connemara Heritage and History Centre, County Galway

This award-winning heritage centre offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of Connemara. Whether you visit for an hour, an afternoon or stay in our accommodation, you will leave with memories to treasure. Nestling into the hillside beneath the Twelve Bens is the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O' Hara, made famous in song and story.

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Dan O' Haras/Connemara Heritage and History Centre, County Galway

Galway City, County Galway

Galway is Ireland's 4th largest city and a hugely popular tourist destination for both Irish and international visitors. The city is vibrant with festivals and events constantly on. There is also a lot cultural interest with literary ties to a number of Ireland's great writers. The local people are incredibly friendly and will help ensure a stop here will never be forgotten.

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Galway City, County Galway

Burren Region, County Clare

The Burren, from the Gaelic word Boireann is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams. With its innate sense of spiritual peace, extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, and megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of colour and a seductively magical aura which few people leave without wanting to experience again.

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Burren Region, County Clare

Burren Smokehouse, County Clare

The Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre was established in 1995, to create a window for the smokehouse own products and other local gourmet products and crafts. It has become a popular tourist attraction in the North County Clare area and welcomes over 30,000 visitors from all over the world each year. Visit the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and get a tasting of the Burren smoked salmon. You can discover mosaics inside and outside the shop, and look at the first kiln that was used when the Burren Smokehouse was first set up.

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Burren Smokehouse, County Clare

Aillwee Cave, County Clare

In the heart of the Burren in County Clare, perched high on its Burren terraced mountain side with spectacular views of Galway Bay lies Ireland's premier showcave - an experience, which should be part of everyone’s visit to the Burren. Aillwee Cave welcomes you to its underground surprises, a place of wonder, beauty and discovery.

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Aillwee Cave, County Clare

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions in County Clare. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Aran Islands, County Galway

The Aran Islands lie of west coast of Ireland just off Galway Bay and on the very edge of Europe. There are 3 islands in total – lying west to east is Inishmore/Inis Mór; Inishmaan/Inis Meáin and lastly the smallest of the three Inisheer/Inis Thiar. There are some 1,200 people living on the islands and the vast majority would use Irish as their main language.

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Aran Islands, County Galway

Doolin2Aran Ferries

With over 50 years of sea-faring experience, this family run ferry company has the largest ferry company operating between Doolin, County Clare and the Aran Islands off the Galway coast. Safe, speedy and spectacular can sum up your cruise experience with Doolin2Aran as they deliver a high standard of customer safety and satisfaction.

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Doolin2Aran Ferries

Limerick City, County Limerick

Limerick is Ireland's fourth largest city and has also been awarded the first ever City of Culture within the Republic of Ireland for 2014. There is lots to do with plenty of history, shopping and culture.

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Limerick City, County Limerick

King John's Castle, Limerick City

King John’s Castle is a 13th Century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City.

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King John's Castle, Limerick City

Hunt Museum, Limerick City

The Hunt Museum houses a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art. It reflects the tastes and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt. There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation.

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Hunt Museum, Limerick City

Frank McCourt Museum, Limerick City

Leamy House (formerly known as Leamy School) is a tudor-style, listed building with an interesting facade. The building was erected in 1843 through the munificence of William Leamy who, before he died some years earlier, left a large sum of money in trust for the education of poor Protestant boys. Due to dwindling numbers in 1880, the school became a National School for Catholic boys and thus it continued until 1953.

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Frank McCourt Museum, Limerick City

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

At Ireland’s premier visitor attraction you are invited to explore three wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th Century Bunratty Castle, the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park and the Village Street. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds.

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

Bunratty Banquet, County Clare

Bunratty Castle, built in the 15th Century by the Earl of Thomond, stands on the banks of the Rathy River in Clare. During his rule, the Earl was known for hospitality and regularly lavished his guests with entertainment. The Bunratty Medieval Banquet is now held twice nightly throughout the year harking back to the Earl’s extravagant banquets.

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Bunratty Banquet, County Clare

Durty Nelly's, County Clare

Durty Nelly’s is one of Ireland’s most famous pubs and offers a truly unique Irish experience through its history and character. Often copied but never replaced, this truly unique piece of Irish heritage dates back to 1620. Enjoy the craic agus ceoil at the world-renowned Durty Nelly’s where there’s live Traditional Irish music seven nights a week and festivals all year.

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Durty Nelly's, County Clare

Adare Castle and Heritage Centre, County Limerick

Snuggled in a wooded setting among the rich farmlands of the Golden Vale by the River Maigue, Adare is a model village dating from the time of the Norman conquest. Regarded as a fine example of a medieval fortified castle in Ireland Adare is home to one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick..

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Adare Castle and Heritage Centre, County Limerick

Cobh, County Cork

Cobh (pronounced cove) is situated in south west Ireland, just twenty minutes from Cork City. In 1849, following the visit of Queen Victoria the town was renamed Queenstown but in 1921, it once again reverted to the old name of Cobh. It lies on Great Island, one of three such islands in Cork Harbour – the other two being Fota and Little Island – all now linked by a network of bridges and roads.

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Cobh, County Cork

Queenstown Story, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, County Cork

The Queenstown Story is housed in a restored Victorian Railway station and tells the story of Cobh’s maritime history and the part which Cobh played in the history of Irish people leaving Ireland in the years 1791 to 1950

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Queenstown Story, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, County Cork

Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens, County Cork

Situated north of Cobh and just beside the Fota Island Wildlife Park lies Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens. This 19th century Regency house is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and an arboretum which houses rare trees and shrubs from around the world.

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Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens, County Cork

Fota Wildlife Park, County Cork

A trip to Fota Wildlife Park, one of Europe's most modern wildlife parks, is thoroughly enjoyable as well as being educational too.The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour, only fifteen minutes from Cork City.

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Fota Wildlife Park, County Cork

Jameson Experience, Cork City

Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns - some of these buildings date back to 1795. Unique within Ireland and Britain, you can also see the fully operational water wheel and large grain stores.

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Jameson Experience, Cork City

Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford

Dungarvan Castle in Co. Waterford has been restored and houses an exhibition on the history of the castle. The Castle which was built in the early 13th Century overlooks Dungarvan Harbour. It became an Infantry Barracks in the 18th Century. During the Civil War in 1922 The Republicans occupied the building. It was later used by the Garda Siochana.

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Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford

Waterford City, County Waterford

Waterford City is Ireland's oldest city dating back to 914 AD. The city has a rich history with direct connections to the Vikings and the Normans. It is also home to one of Ireland's most famous exports, Waterford Crystal.

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Waterford City, County Waterford

Bishop's Palace, The Mall, Waterford City

The Bishop’s Palace in the heart of Waterford City, houses a veritable treasure trove of artefacts dating from the 18th century and covers the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970’s. It was designed by the Anglo-German architect Richard Cassles (Castles) who is one of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved architect, having designed some of our most famous stately homes such as Powerscourt House in Wicklow and buildings such as the Rotunda Hospital and the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House both of which are in Dublin.

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Bishop's Palace, The Mall, Waterford City

Christchurch Cathedral, County Waterford

The Cathedral has many architectural and historic features of special interest, including: Magnificent 18th Century Stucco Plasterwork Ceiling and Reredos; and the Macabre Tomb of James Rice (a fine example of a cadaver monument, depicting the horror of death and the glory of saints). It has been described as one of the most important late medieval monuments in Ireland.

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Christchurch Cathedral, County Waterford

Waterford Crystal, County Waterford

The iconic House of Waterford Crystal in the heart of Waterford city, comprises of a brand new manufacturing facility, visitor centre and retail outlet. Visitors can enjoy all aspects of the manufacturing process through the factory tour and learn about both historical and contemporary production techniques through direct interaction with the craftsmen and the audiovisual materials.

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Waterford Crystal, County Waterford

Suir River Cruises

What better way to see Waterford city than with Suir River Cruises. The Suir River is one of three rivers – the others being the Nore and Barrow which are known as the Three Sisters. It is some 200km long, rising in Tipperary and entering the sea at Hook Head and Dunmore East

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Suir River Cruises

Dunbrody Ship, County Wexford

Dunbrody was a 19th Century three masted sailing ship that brought many emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Great Famine. The Visitor Experience provides a unique insight into a period of history which shaped modern day Ireland and America. You will, first of all, view a 9 minute audio-visual presentation which gives the historic background to the Great Famine, and the reason why so many people were forced to emigrate on sailing ships like Dunbrody to America in the mid 19th Century.

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Dunbrody Ship, County Wexford

Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a popular tourist town on the east coast of Ireland. The highlight of the town is Kilkenny Castle which is a 12th century castle. Other important stops are St. Canice's Cathedral and the Smithwicks Brewery.

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Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City

The magnificent Kilkenny Castle overlooks the River Nore and has guarded this important river crossing for more than nine hundred years. The castle gardens around Kilkenny Castle, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden and ornamental lake, are well worth a visit. A 12th Century castle, remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parkland, which was the principal seat of the Butler family.

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Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City

Smithwick's Brewery Tour, County Kilkenny

Over 300 years ago in 1710, John Smithwick began brewing his first Ales - although the Smithwick’s story started long before then. He chose the site of an ancient monastery - St.Francis Abbey, to position his brewery. John was inspired by a tradition of brewing on this site, the foundations of which were laid four centuries earlier.

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Smithwick's Brewery Tour, County Kilkenny

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