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How to enjoy Ireland

A tour of the southern counties of the Emerald Isle will reward you with postcard perfect dramatic views and plenty of thatched pubs in which to enjoy a pint, a chat or a sing along

  • Share Dublin’s city streets with local residents Bono and his U2 band mates, actor Gabriel Byrne and poet Seamus Heaney
  • Track the Ring of Kerry for some of Ireland’s most beautiful wilderness, ancient monuments and romantic castles
  • No visit to Dublin would be complete without a trip to the Guinness Brewery and tasting rooms

You may want to start your trip with a kiss of the Blarney Stone. Puckering up your lips against this, frankly difficult to reach, rock on the battlements of the Blarney Castle near Cork is supposed to bring you great eloquence. You’ll be glad of this if you stop for some light refreshment in a pub. No matter how unassuming it may look on the outside, many locals to do like to indulge in a bit of craic while sipping a pint.

For exquisite crystal, visit Waterford. For exquisite views, try the Killarney National Park and the Torc Waterfall. Or trace the coastal roads of Connemara and Galway where the wind lashes the rocks and throws the scent of wildflowers into the air. Back in Dublin, explore the nation’s rich cultural heritage by tracing the haunts of literary greats such as WB Yeats, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.

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    When to visit Ireland

    Enjoy St Patrick’s Day in the nation’s capital for parades, traditional Céilí music and impromptu parties. Celebrations take place all over the country too. From the parade and street entertainment in Waterford to the music and dancing in Limerick.

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