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Places To Visit In Ireland | Our Ireland

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How it was formed The Giant’s Causeway is made up of 40,000 basalt columns in a formation jutting out of a small piece of coastline on the north coast of Ireland in County Antrim….

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Exactly 300 years after Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork was originally laid out in 1715, it’s been announced the winner of ‘The Great Street Award 2016’ by The Academy of Urbanism in the United Kingdom. “Overwhelmed by…

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Luscious gardens and green hills populated by native deer are some of the reasons why visitors head to Muckross House in County Kerry for a day out. Before leaving by car, drivers ought to…

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For hikers and mountaineers visiting the west of Ireland, Mount Brandon on Dingles Peninsula is a place you must visit. Not only will you enjoy the challenge of the mountain itself, but we hope…

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Adare’s Traditional Irish Cottages Adare is a popular destination for visitors touring Ireland’s towns. This picturesque town in County Limerick is probably most famous for it’s thatched roofed cottages. Adare town was designated as…

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Visit Limerick

Limerick is located in the west of Ireland, at the meeting of the rivers Shannon and the Abbey. Limerick city has 50,000 inhabitants and is the fourth city in the Republic of Ireland (after Dublin, Cork and Galway). Limerick was a Viking city, the oldest part of town, on the southern tip of King’s Island, is called Englishtown.

Limerick city is a mixture of old and new. Ireland’s economic boom saw many modern buildings erected around the city, yet there are many monuments and old houses to be found.

St. Mary’s Cathedral was built in the 12th century and the Western Gate is still used for the inauguration of bishops, who according to tradition, the new bishop knocks at the ancient door to gain access to the cathedral.

St John’s Cathedral is more recent (19th century), but is a beautiful church built in Victorian style, with the highest spire in Ireland.

The Hunt Museum has an interesting art collection, which was collected by the couple John and Gertrude Hunt. The showpiece is the Antrim Cross (9th century), bronze and enamel. The museum also has a bronze horse designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and a sketch of the hand of Pablo Picasso.

The city is becoming more familiar with foreign tourists as an interesting place to spend a few days. The book Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt about his impoverished childhood in Limerick and the movie to the book was published there have certainly helped. There is even a special Angela’s Ashes tour in Limerick city.

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Visit Doolin to See Many of Ireland’s Best Sites

by Admin · Published July 23, 2011 · Updated May 15, 2014

Doolin is an ideal place to see many of the great natural sites that Ireland has to offer.

The enclave is a popular spot for those looking to relax in charming pubs that reverberate with traditional music and welcoming atmospheres. From here, you can take a ferry to the enchanting Aran Islands situated in Galway Bay, where you can stroll around Árainn, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. The archipelago is visited by many who are keen to experience its stunning beaches and traditional lifestyles.

The islands stay close to their cultural roots and many of the inhabitants speak the country’s native language. The largest, Árainn, offers you the chance to view many Iron Age ruins, including the impressive Dún Aonghasa ring fort where ancient people held ceremonies far above the crashing waves. Walking and cycling is available on the smaller Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr islands, which also offer many historical sites to view.

For example, on Inis Meáin, you can get an idea of how the homes of ancient man appeared thanks to the ruins of Dún Chonchúir, also called Conor’s Fort, and Dún Fearbhaí. Meanwhile, on the smallest island, Inis Oírr, the medieval O’Brien’s Castle is a popular draw for visitors who are keen to walk around past battle scenes. Returning to Doolin after the ferry crossing, there is much more to see if you are deciding to stay in the town.

If you have driven to town, you may like to take a trip to the nearby Burren or Doolin caves, which are both remarkable natural attractions. Making sure you are prepared for any vehicle-related mishaps by buying car insurance is recommended before you get started on your trip. The Burren occupies a 250 kilometre stretch of land in County Clare, with Doolin located near its south west region.

The remarkable landscape is made up of chunks of pale limestone rock that stun many visitors with its desolate beauty. Despite its barren appearance, the area is teeming with many different kinds of plants and wildlife, while popular attractions such as Poulnabrone Dolmen, show the land was revered by Celtic people.

To visit yet another natural phenomenon, you are invited to catch a glimpse of one of the largest stalactites in Northern Europe. Called the Great Stalactite, the 7.3 metre peak of rock thrusts down from the roof of Doolin cave. A guided tour sees visitors taken underground in dim light to then see the natural formation lit up in all its glory.

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Discover Galway City

Galway has something for everyone. There are an excellent bus and tour coach hire services for exploring the many wondrous sights Galway has to offer. City sights should include places such as Lynch’s Castle, a medievel townhouse in Shop Street, Galway Cathedral which was opened in 1965 and Hotel Meyrick, a limestone building built in 1845 by the Great Southern Railway Company, located in Eyre Square.

Also worth a visit is the splendid Galway City Museum, suitated befind the famous Spanish Arch. If you’re visiting in August maybe back a horse of two at the world famous Galway Races, or in July visit the Galway Arts Festival for lots of creative fun (suitable for families).

Surrounding Landscape

Galway City offers easy access to some of Connacht’s most beautiful unspoilt landscape. Enjoy a day trip and visit Lough Corrib lake and the unique and picturesque Connemara as well as Galway’s Atlantic coastline. Galway’s limestone landscape and changing light presents fantastic views for visitors and photographers.

Food & Entertainment In The City

After a day of fresh air and fun it’s time to settle down to enjoy a drink with friends in some of the city’s many bars. If you’re looking for a traditional pub and music visit The Crane on Sea Road, or the popular Roisin Dubh, which offers different events during the week including live music and comedy. There are many other pubs and clubs to choose from, too many to mention here so you’ll just have to try them yourself.

You will be spoilt for choice when dining out. Galway offers excellent food with cuisines from local dishes to recipes from around the world presented by some of the best chefs in the Connacht Province. There are restaurants; café and pub grub menus for all budgets. Check out Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar near Shop Street and Quay Street, Tigh Neachtain & Artisan Restaurant which is Galways oldest pub and Oscars Bistro near the city centre. There are many more places to eat out in Galway, just follow your taste buds!

Enjoy Your Visit To Galway City in the “Land Of The Tribes”.

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Places To Visit In Ireland | Our Ireland – Part 2

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Blarney Stone Ireland By John Parks In the village of Blarney, Ireland, sits the legendary Blarney Stone, a bluestone block built into the Blarney Castle’s embattlements. Because of this stone, Blarney Castle is one…

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Free Map of Ireland with 32 counties of Ireland numbered and listed. Feel free to print this map of Ireland for personal (non-profit) use. The map may also be used by webmasters for personal…

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What To Do In Dingle County Kerry Some useful advice for the weary traveller when visiting Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula. Pack Rain Gear Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula is one of the most…

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Dingle Peninsula Daytrip is Motorists’ Favourite There are many trip options if you are looking to explore Ireland’s great outdoors by car. Motorists can choose from an array of well-known routes that are popular…

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Knock Shrine’s 1.5 Million Visitors Drivers using car hire services to travel along the country’s rocky west coast may like to stop off at one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites. Knock Shrine…

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The Giant’s Causeway Northern Ireland – History and Legend

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finn_mccool_comes_to_aid_the_fianna-7751094The Irish are famous for their story telling, and there is no better Irish story than how the Giant’s Causeway was created. In the story, an Irish warrior giant, Finn McCool, was goaded by Scottish giant Benandonner. Benandonner was ridiculing Finn McCool by shouting insults at him across the Irish Sea. Finn McCool was incensed by the ridiculing and challenged Benandonner, but the Scottish giant replied that he could not swim. Unable to fight for his honor, Finn McCool was further infuriated. In his anger he started tearing up chunks of the Irish Coastline and throwing them into the sea to make a bridge – or causeway – between Ireland and Scotland. Now there was a way for Benandonner to get across.

Finn McCool’s exertions building the bridge had made him tired and therefore nervous of taking on the bigger Scottish giant. His wife, Oonagh, had the idea to disguise Finn McCool as a baby. When Benandonner arrived, Oonagh told him Finn McCool was out cutting wood and invited him in to wait. She served him tea and “cake”, which had been replaced with stones. Benandonner broke his teeth eating the fake cake. This started to make him nervous about his adversary as Benandonner thought Finn McCool must be bigger and stronger than him if he could easily eat the same “cakes” that had just cracked Benandonner’s teeth.

Oonagh then played her masterstroke. She introduced Benandonner to Finn McCool’s “son”. Of course, it was really Finn McCool himself lying in the crib. When Benandonner saw the size of the “baby” in the crib his fears of Finn McCool’s enormity were confirmed and he took flight, racing back across the causeway to Scotland. As he went, he ripped up the stone bridge so Finn McCool could not follow him.

All that remained of the causeway once Benandonner had escaped was the section just outside of Finn McCool’s cave – the site of today’s Giant’s Causeway.

Next: Giant’s Causeway – History

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County Cavan

by Admin · Published June 26, 2011 · Updated May 15, 2014

County Cavan is located in the province of Ulster.

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Common County Cavan Surnames:

Brady, Clarke, Farrelly, Galligan, Lynch, Maguire, McCabe, Reilly, Sheridan, and Smith.

This page is being updated.

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Cork Street Named Best In The World

oliver_plunkett_street-9264461Exactly 300 years after Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork was originally laid out in 1715, it’s been announced the winner of ‘The Great Street Award 2016’ by The Academy of Urbanism in the United Kingdom.

“Overwhelmed by Oliver Plunkett Street”

Geoff Haslam, lead assessor for the Academy of Urbanism said,  “It’s fair to say that we have been overwhelmed by Oliver Plunkett Street – if offers everything that we are looking for in a Great Street – and more. We sometimes have to search for the DNA of a street, but Oliver Plunkett Street exudes it; it’s a vibrant living street and community, full of little surprises and it is clearly on an upward trajectory.”

Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street had really “raised the bar”

Assessor, Alastair Barr, noted that Oliver Plunkett Street was one of the best organized communities that they had encountered in the award competition. In the six years that they have been judging the awards, the judges said that Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street had really “raised the bar” for the other finalists in Liverpool and London.

“Absolutely Delighted”

Valerie Finnegan Cahill of IKON Hair Design, founding member of the Plunkett Street Quarter said, “We are absolutely delighted that Oliver Plunkett Street has been awarded ‘The Great Street Award 2016.’ We were all so proud of our historic, charismatic, contemporary and busy street.”

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“This has been such a wonderful experience, from start to finish and a real collaboration between traders, Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association. This award is an acknowledgment of our Great Street and the people and history behind it,” added Clodagh Daly of John Daly Opticians. “I was so proud to read out the poem, specially commissioned to mark the Academy of Urbanism award, at the event.”

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A Tour of County Wicklow

County Wicklow is located in the province of Leinster, and is known as one of the traditional counties of Ireland. Once part of the County Dublin and County Carlow it was established quite late in history in 1606 as a way of controlling local groups. There is lots to see in County Wicklow and it will not be possible to fit all of it into a single day tour however if you have more time to spare then you can always take longer to explore the area.

A good way of seeing the County is to start by traveling from Dublin to Bray. If you need to hire a car then there are a number of car rental companies in Dublin who will be able to offer this service. Just south of Bray on Greystones Road, you will find the Killruddery House and Gardens which is worth a stop. The gardens are famous as being the largest early formal gardens still preserved in the original style in Ireland. A walk around these gardens will provide you with a fascinating insight into the design and style of horticulture during the 17th Century.

Once you have had your fill at the Killruddery Estate drive on to the village of Kilmacanogue. This village is situated at the junction of the R755 to Roundwood and the N11, a mere 5km south of Bray. Founded in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains you will be able to see Little Sugar Loaf to the East and the Big Sugar Loaf to the west. The village is famed for the Avoca Handweavers, whose mill is one of the oldest working woolen mills in Ireland. The famous Avoca Restaurant is a good place to stop for lunch if you are starting to feel hungry. From Kilmacanogue drive on to Glendalough which is in the centre of the Wicklow National Park.

As a first stop find the visitors centre which is home to an exhibition and where you can book tours to view the monastic site located here. When time permits it is worth taking a stroll to the Lakes and to absorb the breathtaking scenery. If after all the sightseeing you need something to entertain the children then Clara Lara Fun Park is located close by in Rathdrum. The park is surrounded by oak trees and contains assault courses, water slides, mini golf, tree houses and woodland playgrounds amongst other things. There are picnic areas and barbecues available should you need to rest as well as some great hill walks if you feel the need to be active.

Rathdrum itself is also definitely worth a look to if you have the time, and if you are traveling in August then the spectacular fireworks display held in Parnell memorial park will delight old and young alike. County Wicklow has a great deal to offer and the above provides only a brief description of some of its highlights. For those with more time there is plenty more to explore so what are you waiting for!

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Tymon Park Tallaght

by Peter · Published November 21, 2015 · Updated November 22, 2015

Tymon Park is a wonderful public amenity managed by South County Dublin Council that provides an infrastructure for many recreational actives; is home to a diverse range of flora, a valuable environment for wildlife, and is a site of historical interest.

From a personal and family perspective, it’s a great place to visit for a ramble and picnic with the kids.

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I’d like to start this article with a couple of points of immediate interest for those wishing to know more about Tymon Park. At the time of writing, the most recent addition to the park is the Fairy Forest Walk. Located on the Tymon North side of the park. The walk can be entered left of the car park, the trail through the wooded area covered with a layer of wood chippings provides a fairly clean and natural surface to walk upon.

Opening Times

November, December & January — 5.00pm February & March — 6.00pm April & October — 7.00pm May & September — 8.00pm

June, July & August — 9.00pm

An Enchanted Fairy Woodland Walk

tymon-park-fairy-walk-2839143As you progress through the walk, you’ll soon spot the fairy doors mounted on trees on both sides of the walk. Each colourful door has an accompanying plaque hung below it, which displays in Irish and English information about the fairy that inhabits the tree. These charming additions to the woodland are provided by the Irish Fairy Door Company, and add a magical element for children who often leave raisins in the hope a fairy will enjoy them as a threat. I suppose sometimes birds find them first but what harm?

Further along the walk, if there is any small breeze, you’ll hear wood chimes softly sounding out from the tree tops. When you hear their music, you know you are close to a small picnic area with miniature table and chairs, perfect for little people to take a moment to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Beyond that the woodland walk opens onto a path which leads walkers back into the park with options to go either side of the lake where swans, ducks, and several other species of water bird like to splash around. There is also an area sectioned for the development of a children’s play park, the construction of which is earmarked for the near future.

Recreational Features

Besides park walks that are marked with kilometre signs, there are several weather proof exercise equipment for pull-ups, twisting, sit-ups, and leg stretches. Some park goers take these quiet seriously, while others like myself like to jump on when I think no one is watching. My kids seem to think I’m hilarious, and they enjoy playing on them too (showing me how to use them correctly of course, silly me…).

The paths are great for a ramble, and are popular with joggers, dog walkers and are also used as part of the trail for the running competitions that are regularly held in the park.

There are many football club houses in the park (I’ll get a full list of each club and update this section later), and several sports fields used for football, hurling, and soccer.

Tymon Park Playgrounds and Remote Controlled Race Track

Apart from the many sports fields and woods, Tymon Park currently has two children’s play park areas.
The play areas are located beside each other on the Templeogue side of the park and only a short stroll from the entrance. They are located near two pound/lake areas populated with ducks, swans, herrings and more.

Play Area 1 – Modern Playground

The first playground is within a fenced area, divided with coloured rubber play surfaces for two age groups. The Green Zone is suitable for ages up to 6 years, and includes a roundabout, see-saw, spring seats, swings and climbing frame. The Blue Zone is suitable for children aged 6 and older, and includes a swing basket, standard swings, and multi-play climbing frame.

Play Area 2 – Woodland Adventure Park

The woodland adventure park is located beside the modern fenced play area. While children of all ages enjoy this play area, it is best suited for ages 9 and older.

This area has wooden structures including a log snake to try your balance on, a swinging log bridge, hand-over-hand bars to traverse, climbing frame and a large teepee shaped climbing frame. Besides the play structures, children of all ages enjoy kicking leaves in autumn and building play dens with dead branches. The ground is covered in mulch bark, and leaves, so make sure everyone has the appropriate footwear.

Remote Control Buggy Race Track In Tymon Park

Rumours have abounded about a new play park being developed on the Castletymon Road side of the park. Work has been on-going for some years, but sadly without much progress or any seemingly any real intent to deliver a play park. However, a remote controlled buggy area has since been introduced into the designated play park area, and is being used by remote control car/buggy enthusiasts. Again progress has been slow, we’ll keep you posted on the outcome.

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Tymon Park Run (5km)

Tymon Park Run is organized by volunteers and takes place in Tymon Park every Saturday starting at 9:30am. Participants are required to register just once, and there is no charge.

Supported by The Irish Sports Council, runners of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to join in this fun 5km park run in the beautiful surroundings of Tymon Park. The emphasis is on fun and participation, with runner’s going for a friendly coffee afterwards.

Ready to get your jogging shoes on? Check out the group’s website.

Tymon Park Allotments

Tymon Park also has an allotment area, again this is located on the Tymon North side of the park, beside the park mangers house. These are rented to gardening enthusiasts, and for the curious wanderer, you can take a peek into the allotment area by climbing up the ditch and spying though the fence. The gardeners seem to grow mostly vegetables with a few flowers here and there. I’m told there is a two year waiting list, so if you live in the area and are keen to find out how green your fingers are, you should probably put your name down now, and satisfy yourself with growing your own in your back garden or window box while you wait. If you’re eager to start now, I’m afraid you’ll have to look for other Dublin allotments rentals instead.

More About Tymon Park

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I’m doing some research about this wonderful Dublin park, and will add to this page information about the historical sites, more about the flora and fauna of the park, a Tymon Park map, and look at how the park came to be developed.

Visit again soon.

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