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Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland is the third largest island in Europe and is divided into the Republic of Ireland which has 26 counties, and Northern Ireland which has six counties and is part of the United Kingdom. Ireland is located in Northwestern Europe and surrounded by the United Kingdom, the Irish Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a land steeped with history and is known for its lush green countryside, legends and folklore and warm and friendly locals.

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and offers a number or tourists destinations. The city is littered with museums, bookstores, theaters as well as parks, pubs and many historical sites. On the north bank of the River Liffey stands the Four Courts designed by the famous architect James Gandon. On the south side of the river you'll find a concentration of churches, castles, museums and public buildings in a small area. The oldest university in Ireland, Trinity College is also located in this area.

Some say that Galway is one of the liveliest cities next to Dublin. It has everything that a major city has to offer but in a more laid back environment. It is a city bustling with cultural energy with thriving theaters, arts and music scenes. It plays hosts to a lot of international events and festivals during the year. Off the coast of Galway you can schedule a trip to the Aran Islands and ride the Galway Hooker, a famous type of boat, from Claddagh. Walk the Salt Hill Promenade and take in the spectacular views of the sea. Don't forget to visit Eyre Square which is the most famous landmark in Galway.

Limerick is the third largest city in Ireland and is home to the river Shannon which runs under three beautiful bridges. The city contains a mixture of medieval and Gregorian architectures which makes it an interesting city to tour. Limerick is home to King John's castle built between the 12th and 16th century, the St. Mary's Cathedral which was built in 1172. Don't forget to visit the Bunratty castle and folk park which is one of Ireland's foremost tourist destinations.

One of the most beautiful cities in Ireland is Kilkenny, located in the south western part of the country. It is a picturesque medieval city with a majestic castle on top of the hill, the Kilkenny Castle. It also houses the Kyteler's Inn where Alice Kyteler was convicted of witchcraft and was burned along with her family and staff. The narrow streets and city filled with quaint little bed and breakfast inns for any type of budget, makes Kilkenny a worthwhile traveler's destination.

For those who want a peaceful and quiet time with family, Inis Meain is the city for you. Crime is almost non-existent on the Island and the lack of vehicular traffic makes the roads safe for your kids to run about. It offers beautiful sceneries, fishing, diving and excellent food. Prices and relatively cheap compared to the other cities and there are plenty of rooms and cottages available for visitors.

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