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Ireland sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Because of wonderful nature, Ireland is often called “the Green land”. Rocky coastline, calm ocean with deep blue water, green valleys and hills – this is a short description of one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The best way to start your exploration of the country is to visit its capital, Dublin.
Two languages ​​have been officially approved in Ireland: English and Gaelic. The second language is often referred to as Celtic. It is in its …
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The main education centre of the country, Trinity College, is worth closest attention. The age of the college is more than a thousand years. It is located in a beautiful building made in Victorian style. There is a library near the college, which keeps the symbol of Ireland – “the book of Celts”. This is an ancient manuscript of Christian culture and a priceless artefact.
The cities of Galway and Cork are popular tourist destinations. The latter is also the location of an annual jazz festival, so this city is well-known to all music connoisseurs. Galway is famous because of a completely different thing. The city is renowned because of the biggest National Aquarium in the country. The aquarium is home to several thousand species of marine animals. Copyright
The economy of the Republic of Ireland over the past twenty years is gradually gaining momentum. The economic system largely depends on trade. Several …
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Medieval castles remain the most precious architectural landmarks of Ireland. It is possible to see them in every part of the country. Blarney Castle is located on south of Ireland and is famous far beyond the borders of the country. There is an interesting legend connected with the castle. According to it, Saint Patrick (the first Christian preacher) got a magic stone as a gift. The stone is still kept in the castle, and every visitor must kiss the stone, this way expressing respect for culture and traditions of the country.
Galway Catherdral Bunratty is the youngest, but no less popular castle in Ireland. It was built just a couple of centuries ago, but was made in elegant style of early medieval. One of the castle’s halls is used for theatre performances. Various banquets and entertaining performances are also not rare in the castle. Castlerock is one more interesting historic place. Long time ago there was a castle on the rock. That castle was used for crowning ceremonies, most important meetings and events. In the beginning of the 17th century the castle was destroyed by a fire and now only ruins remind of the beautiful building.
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The Ring of Kerry is a widely known natural landmark of Ireland. There is a beautiful coast on one side of the ring and spectacular mountains and crystal clean lakes on the other side. As there are several hotels on the coast, travellers are able to stay in this magnificent place a bit longer and enjoy the splendour of local nature.
Connemara, Co Galway.

History and Entertainment

As the archeological researches have shown, the first settlements on the territory of modern Ireland appeared in the 9th century BC. The researches consider modern Irishmen as descendants of the Mediterranean migrants. They arrived here over one and a half thousand years ago. Farmers were attracted by great areas of fertile lands. The first written references to large settlements here date back to the 4th century BC. Unlike many other modern European countries, Ireland has never been a part of the Roman Empire but is often mentioned in chronicles of the Roman historians.
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The turning point in the history of the ancient country was the adoption of Christianity in the 4th century. Throughout hundreds of years, Ireland had avoided major military conflicts. Only in the 12th century, its territory was conquered by troops of English King Henry II. In 1801, Ireland became a part of Great Britain. It gained independence only in 1949.
This amazing country attracts modern travelers not only with incredibly beautiful nature, but also unique cultural traditions. One of the main national symbols of the country is clover. You can see its pictures on many popular souvenirs. The other national symbol is a bagpipe. Playing this musical instrument really leaves all travelers spellbound. It is especially interesting to watch pipers’ performances on national holidays. The necessary attributes of such musical performances are beautiful national costumes.
The cuisine of Ireland can’t be called sophisticated and refined. Local chefs pay the most attention to the satiety of dishes. Meat and seafood …
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Ireland is famous for its brewing traditions. Local Guinness beer is very popular all over the world. The national cuisine also has a lot of interesting features. Its main peculiarity is nourishing mutton and pork dishes. The most popular side dishes here are potatoes and cabbage in different variations. Spices in the national cuisine are almost not used. The natural flavor of products is appreciated here.
Those who have long dreamed of doing horse sports will definitely like vacationing in Ireland. On the territory of the country, there are several dozens of upscale horse clubs where everyone can take lessons on horse riding. Some clubs are used to hold major international competitions. Horse races are one of the favorite entertainments of local residents.
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Michelin-starred restaurants in Ireland
♥   Restaurant 'Bijou' Rathgar. Type - Modern British. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Bistro One' Dublin. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Blairscove House' Durrus. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Blue Apron' Tullamore. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Boathouse Bistro' Kenmare. Type - Seafood. On the map   Photos
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Castles of Ireland
♥   Castle 'Athlone Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aughnanure Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bailieborough Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ballaghmore Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Ballinacarriga Castle' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Ireland from our review series

Plassy Wrecks

From the series “The Surviving Remains of Shipwrecks You Can Observe Yourself”
Irish Aran Islands have the abandoned trawl ship "MB Plassy". In 1960 it was run aground on the rocky Inis Oírr island, the smallest island of the archipelago. The reason of it was a strong storm in the sea. The ship was built in 1940 and was used as a cargo ship. Its last cargo was a huge consignment of whisky and yarn. The ship has to transport it through Galway Bay.

Note that, the present place of the ship is not a place of its wrecking. There it appeared thanks to another strong storm. Originally, the ship was hurled against the Phoenix rocks. At the time of the shipwreck nobody from the crew was damaged.

The crew was saved by the locals, thanks to them the sailors stayed alive. They rushed to save them from the drowning ship. Nobody from the crew was ready for such extreme … Read all

Fulachtai Fia

From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
About 6 000 items were found in Ireland, today they are known as Fulachtai Fia. Also, they are known as burnt mounds. They commonly survive as a low horseshoe-shaped mound of charcoal-enriched soil and heat shattered stone. In the centre you can see a man-made full of water flute. Such things are common for Great Britain regions. The researchers find them one at a time, rarely 2-6 constructions.

Near every mound there is a water source. According to this, the researchers claim that these places were used for underground water abstraction. Even more, there are about 10 more theories that describe the Fulachtai Fia usage. Unfortunately, no one hasn't been proved. A great number of archaeological places are open for tourists. The researchers made up a full map of Great Britain, where you … Read all


From the series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
Ireland has a great number of mysterious landmarks. One of them is the Newgrange – an unusual megalithic building – that has placed near Dublin. It looks like a huge mound that is dated not later 2 500 years BC. Its diameter goes up to 85 meters and height is about 13,5 meters. The main structural peculiarity of the mound is the underground hall, which length is about 19 meters and leads to the burial chamber. The chamber is built from huge stones. Their weight goes from 20 to 40 tons.

The mysterious mound was found in 1699 but still we don’t know about its proper meaning. For many years there had been holding the continuous researching. Even they didn’t clarify the story how the mound has appeared. In the middle of the 20th century, the historical monument was fully renovated. … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Ireland

One of the oldest buildings in the city is the “Christ Church Cathedral”. It was built in the 11th century. Over hundreds of years of its existence, the facade of this historic building remained virtually unchanged, while its interior decoration was completely renovated during the last restoration in the 19th century. One of the main secrets of this picturesque cathedral is a cozy patio, decorated in a Victorian style. There are many interesting museums in Dublin. One of the most … Read more
Cork City
First mentions of Cork date back to the VI-VII centuries. Saint Finbarr established the first monastery in the area, founding the first settlement. When Cork was finally free from the continuous attacks of Normans, the settlement became the center of the South Munster Kingdom. However, Ireland didn’t rule the settlement for a long time. The English crown set up its authority in the region in 1185. The countries fought for this region many times since then. The 18th century marked the start … Read more
Travelers are recommended to visit Ashford Castle that is present in the list of the most famous castles in Ireland. First mentions of the fabulous castle date back to 1228. During its centuries-long history, the castle changed several owners. At the beginning of the 20th century, the unique castle changed its owner once again. Noel Huggard purchased it and decided to open a posh hotel there. The hotel greeted its first guests in 1910 and keeps working until our days. Ashford Castle is the … Read more
A very interesting historical symbol of Killarney is the Manor House. It was built in the 19th century for the wealthy Herbert family. There is a farmstead in the nearby neighborhood of Killarney. The luxurious building in Victorian style is impressive in scale; it has 45 rooms. Today, almost all of them are available for tourists to visit. In the manor there is a rich collection of antique furniture, art objects and personal belongings of former owners. Nearby is another interesting … Read more
According to a local legend, the name of the city derived from Cill Chainnigh that meant “Chainnigh’s Church”. In the 6th century, a monk settled in this territory. He decided to build an abbey here. When the building was ready, people started settling near it. This is how a new settlement named Kilkenny appeared. During the period of Norman invasions, the settlement was divided into two parts – an English and Irish one. The two parts were merged only in the 40s of the 19th century. At … Read more
Lismore Castle is a beautiful sample of Gothic architecture, built in 1185 on orders from King John. In the middle of the 18th century, the Duke of Devonshire was the owner of the old fortress. During this period its first major reconstruction took place. Currently, the old castle covers an area of about 60000 sq. m. Almost all rooms are open for tourists. The castle is surrounded by a lush garden, so warm season is the best time to visit it. The Medieval Museum is considered one of the most … Read more
The history of the town started in the 6th century when a monastery was built here. Saint Comgall, who was born in Antrim and was serving as a soldier, was the founder of the monastery. When he decided to start his monastic life, the saint built the first settlement in the territory of modern Bangor. The town quickly became an important place for the whole country as a center of education. In the 8th and 9th centuries, Viking raids became frequent in the region. Despite this fact, many … Read more

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