57 Sights of Ireland That Will Make You Green with Envy on St. Patrick's Day ...

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57 Sights of Ireland That Will Make You Green with Envy on St. Patrick's Day ...
57 Sights of Ireland That Will Make You Green with Envy on St. Patrick's Day ...

St. Patrick's Day is a great day to cheer ourselves up with beautiful sights of Ireland; so stunning you'll feel immediately uplifted. This stunning country with a bloody history presents so many reasons to visit, with the attractions of Ireland running from coast to coast, north to south and from countryside to city. Join me in browsing a photo album of the sights of Ireland.

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Cork Coast

Cork Coast Ireland's coastline easily rivals that of anywhere else in the world. The beaches are among the glorious sights of Ireland.

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The Cork Coast is located in the south of Ireland and is renowned for its stunning scenery and picturesque views. It is home to some of Ireland's most beautiful beaches, including Inchydoney Beach, which is renowned for its white sands and crystal-clear waters. The Cork Coast is also home to a number of historical sites, including the James Fort and Spike Island, which is considered one of the most important fortifications of the British Empire. The Cork Coast is also a popular destination for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking. With its stunning cliffs and rugged coastline, the Cork Coast is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ireland.

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The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway

The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway Known simply as Galway Cathedral, it's one of the most impressive churches in Ireland.

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Galway Cathedral stands magnificently on the banks of the River Corrib, exuding a grandeur through its marvelous architecture. Completed in 1965, it's the youngest of Europe's great stone cathedrals, yet it dominates the skyline with timeless grace. Combining Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles, its interior is adorned with art and mosaics that dazzle visitors. As you wander within, the sun filters through stained glass, casting a heavenly glow. It's more than a sacred place; it's a piece of art that captures the spirit of Galway and leaves an indelible mark on every observer's heart.

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Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara The castle was built around 1520. During the summer visitors can enjoy the castle and grounds, and attend a medieval banquet for an evening of Irish food, music and poetry.

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Dunguaire Castle, located in Kinvara, County Galway, is a stunning 16th century castle that is a must-see for anyone visiting Ireland. The castle was built in 1520 and has been restored to its former glory, giving visitors a glimpse into the grandeur of Ireland's past. The castle is open to visitors during the summer months, and offers a unique experience with its medieval banquet. The banquet features traditional Irish food, music, and poetry, giving visitors a taste of Irish culture.

The castle is also surrounded by beautiful grounds that are perfect for exploring. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, admiring the picturesque views of Galway Bay. The grounds also feature a number of interesting historical features, such as an old stone circle and a wishing well.

Dunguaire Castle is a great way to experience the charm and beauty of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. The castle is a reminder of Ireland's long and rich history, and a great place to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you're looking for a unique experience or a way to explore Ireland's past, Dunguaire Castle is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ireland.

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River Liffey Bridges, Dublin

River Liffey Bridges, Dublin The bridges over the Liffey River are a major feature of Ireland’s capital city.

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Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion.

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Perched on a limestone hill, the Rock of Cashel is also known as St. Patrick's Rock and is associated with the patron saint of Ireland. Legend has it that St. Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity here by using a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Today, visitors can marvel at this historic complex that includes a round tower, cathedral, chapel, and the stunning Cormac's Chapel, which boasts remarkable Romanesque architecture. Its age-old gravestones and high cross monument only add to the hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that surrounds the ruins.

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Killarney, County Kerry

Killarney, County Kerry Killarney is one of the popular tourist towns of Ireland. Even Queen Victoria paid a visit in 1861.

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Cork Harbor, County Cork

Cork Harbor, County Cork Brightly colored houses lining a harbor front are among the common sights of Ireland.

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Glencar Waterfall, Co. Sligo

Glencar Waterfall, Co. Sligo The great poet W. B. Yeats mentions Glencar Waterfall in his poem, The Stolen Child.

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The Long Room the Library, Trinity College, Dublin

The Long Room the Library, Trinity College, Dublin The library is home to the famous Book of Kells.

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Irish Pubs

Irish Pubs The pubs are one of the great attractions of Ireland. It's a must for visitors to experience the "craic"

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(also known as the lively atmosphere) that Irish pubs radiate. Step inside a traditional pub, where the earthy scent of aged wood mingles with the hearty laughter of locals, and let the melodic strains of live, traditional Irish music wash over you. Swiftly poured pints of Guinness, friendly chat with the barkeep, and the chance to rub shoulders with the charmed locals—all are cherished moments that capture Ireland's soul. Whether it's in Dublin's bustling streets or a sleepy village in the countryside, the warmth of an Irish pub is an unforgettable slice of Emerald Isle life.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin St. Patrick's is the largest church in Ireland and was founded in 1191.

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Blarney Castle, County Cork

Blarney Castle, County Cork Kiss the Blarney Stone and you'll be blessed with eloquence - more commonly known as the "gift of the gab".

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Woodstown Beach, County Waterford

Woodstown Beach, County Waterford Not great for sunbathing but fabulous for walking and beachcombing.

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Woodstown Beach, located in County Waterford, is a great place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Irish coast. The beach is known for its unique beachcombing opportunities, where visitors can explore the shoreline and find interesting seashells, driftwood, and other treasures. The beach is also a great spot for bird watching, as many species of birds can be seen here. The beach is not ideal for sunbathing, as the rocky shore can make it difficult to relax. However, the stunning views of the Irish Sea, and the tranquil atmosphere of the beach make it an ideal place to spend an afternoon.

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Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, County Galway The abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. It was created as a home by Belgian nuns who had fled World War I.

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Glendalough, County Wicklow

Glendalough, County Wicklow The name means the Glen of Two Lakes and the building you can see is part of the remains of one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland.

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Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, Glendalough is an enchanting spot nestled amidst the Wicklow Mountains. Monastic ruins, including a round tower and several churches, whisper tales of ancient times and beckon history enthusiasts and romantics alike. Wander around the tranquil lakes, soak in the lush scenery, and let the mystical charm of these hallowed grounds transport you to a time long past. It's a picture-perfect postcard scene that embodies the serene beauty of Ireland. Visit in the soft glow of morning or the golden hues of dusk for an experience that's nothing short of magical.

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Classiebawn Castle, Colfoney, County Sligo

Classiebawn Castle, Colfoney, County Sligo There are plenty of sights of Ireland off the beaten track. Classiebawn was built for Viscount Palmerston, one of the Victorian Prime Ministers when Ireland was still ruled by Britain.

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Classiebawn Castle is a stunning Victorian castle located in the County Sligo of Ireland. Built in 1874 for Viscount Palmerston, the castle was constructed during a time when Ireland was still under British rule. The castle stands on the shore of Mullaghmore Bay and is surrounded by a lush green landscape.

The castle was designed by English architect Sir Charles Lanyon and features a variety of architectural styles including Gothic, Tudor revival and baroque. The castle is built from local limestone and has a distinctive tower with a conical roof. The entrance is a grand arched doorway and is flanked by two turrets. Inside, the castle is just as impressive with beautiful stained glass windows, elaborate plasterwork, and a grand staircase.

Classiebawn Castle is a popular tourist destination and is a great place to explore the history of Ireland. Visitors can tour the castle and learn about its fascinating past. The grounds of the castle are also open to visitors and feature a variety of gardens and walking paths. Visitors can also take part in a variety of activities such as fishing, swimming, and bird watching.

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Lough Tay, County Wicklow

Lough Tay, County Wicklow The lough (same as loch in Scotland and lake in England) is also known as the Guinness Lake. The shoreline resembles a pint of Guinness and is also on the border of land belonging to the Guinness family estate.

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Brazen Head, Dublin

Brazen Head, Dublin Dublin is proud of its hospitable welcome and this is the oldest pub in the city. It known to have started as a coaching inn in 1198 and illustrious patrons include writers James Joyce and Jonathan Swift.

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Kinsale, Country Cork

Kinsale, Country Cork Pretty Kinsale is known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland".

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Kinsale enchants with its colorful houses and winding streets, making every stroll a feast for the eyes. Alongside the breathtaking Scilly Walk with views of Charles Fort, this harbor town boasts a tantalizing array of artisan eateries and seafood restaurants. For those in pursuit of culinary delights, the Kinsale Gourmet Festival is a must-visit. And when the charm of the old town weaves its magic, the annual Kinsale Arts Week adds a cultural touch, showcasing local artistry against the mesmerizing backdrop of Ireland's wild beauty.

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Malahide Castle, Dublin

Malahide Castle, Dublin The castle dates back to 1185 and belonged to the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. Today it is owned by the state.

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Sunrise Gate

Sunrise Gate Gorgeous countryside is a staple of the attractions of
Ireland.

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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare One of the most fabulous sights of Ireland (and if you're eagle -eyed, you might spot the location in the Harry Potter movie (Half Blood Prince)

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Stairway to Heaven, Skellig

Stairway to Heaven, Skellig The Skellig Islands are two small, steep, and rocky islands west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Skellig is famous for thriving populations of gannets and puffins, and for an early Christian monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Phoenix Park, Dublin

Phoenix Park, Dublin The largest enclosed park in the whole of Europe.

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Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry The peninsula is the most westerly point in Ireland. Next stop USA. This is one of the most gorgeous places in the country and hugely popular with visitors.

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St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork

St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork You won't be disappointed with pretty towns like this dotted all around the coast of Ireland. And the cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in Ireland.

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Campanile, Trinity College, Dublin

Campanile, Trinity College, Dublin You could easily spend a whole day just wandering around the college enjoying the architecture and grounds.

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Abandoned, County Kerry

Abandoned, County Kerry Abandoned cottages dotted around the countryside always make great photo opportunities.

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Abandoned, County Kerry is a popular tourist destination in Ireland, located in the south-west of the country. It is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, with rugged coastlines, rolling hills, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The area is also home to a number of abandoned cottages, which are a reminder of the area's past. These cottages make for great photo opportunities, with their rustic charm and picturesque settings. County Kerry is also home to some of the best traditional Irish music and culture, with lively pubs and music festivals held throughout the year. Whether you're looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventure-filled getaway, County Kerry has something for everyone.

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The Magdalen Asylum, County Cork

The Magdalen Asylum, County Cork The Magdalene Asylums were institutes for wayward girls. although they existed in other countries, the heavy catholic doctrine made them particularly brutal in Ireland.

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Cottage, Inishmaan, Aran Islands, County Galway

Cottage, Inishmaan, Aran Islands, County Galway The Aran Islands are definitely on my list of places to visit in Ireland.

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Wicklow Head Lighthouse, County Wicklow

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, County Wicklow Fancy a stay in a lighthouse? Imagine the views.

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Ashford Castle, County Mayo

Ashford Castle, County Mayo One of the many castles of Ireland that has been turned into a hotel.

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Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick The holiest mountain in Ireland.

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Croagh Patrick is a popular pilgrimage site in County Mayo, Ireland. It is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland due to its association with Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Every year, thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain on the last Sunday in July, known as "Reek Sunday," to honor Saint Patrick and seek penance. The mountain stands at 764 meters tall and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and coastline. It is also known for its rugged terrain and challenging climb, with many pilgrims choosing to climb barefoot as an act of devotion. The summit of Croagh Patrick is marked by a small chapel, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a must-visit for anyone interested in Irish history and culture, and a challenging yet rewarding experience for hikers and adventurers alike.

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Dunboy Castle, Castletownbere, County Cork

Dunboy Castle, Castletownbere, County Cork The castle was subject to a siege in 1602 and 58 survivors of the siege were executed in the nearby market square.

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Dún Chaoin Pier, County Kerry

Dún Chaoin Pier, County Kerry Pronounced Dunquin, it is the most westerly settlement in
Ireland.

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Rock of Dunamase, County Laois,

Rock of Dunamase, County Laois, The rock is the site of the ruins of Dunamase Castle and presents fabulous views across to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

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Connemara, County Galway

Connemara, County Galway Did you know that it is said that there are 42 shades of green in Ireland.

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Dalkey, Leinster

Dalkey, Leinster Dalkey is a village suburb of Dublin and a popular seaside resort. Maeve Binchy (bestselling author) and Bono (U2) have lived here in the past.

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Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry One of the major attractions of Ireland and there are just too many points of interest to mention here including lakes, the country park, houses and viewpoints.

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The Megalithic Passage Tomb, Newgrange, County Meath

The Megalithic Passage Tomb, Newgrange, County Meath Can you believe this is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids? It was built in 3200 BCE.

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Newgrange is not only a testament to Ireland's ancient past but also a marvel of neolithic engineering. This stunning heritage site is ringed by enormous kerbstones, some of which are etched with mysterious spiral designs that capture the imagination. On the winter solstice, a magical event occurs – a beam of sunlight pierces the narrow passage and illuminates the inner chamber, revealing the skill of its Stone Age builders. This enchanting moment alone is reason enough to include Newgrange on your must-visit list for a truly spellbinding Irish experience.

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Daredevil Cliffs, Inishmore, Aran Islands

Daredevil Cliffs, Inishmore, Aran Islands The cliffs are stunning and the views even more so.

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English Market, Cork

English Market, Cork There's been a market on the site since 1788. The current entrance dates back to 1962.

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Birr Castle, County Offaly

Birr Castle, County Offaly The castle house isn't open to the public but the stunning gardens are. The grounds are also home to the Historic Science Centre, a museum of Ireland's historic scientists and their contributions to botany and astronomy.

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Bantry House, County Cork

Bantry House, County Cork As well as the house and gardens and the stunning bay, Bantry is home to the Armada Exhibition, the story of a failed attempt of a French invasion force in 1796.

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Tomb, the Burren, County Clare

Tomb, the Burren, County Clare The megolithic tomb on The Burren is one of the oldest monuments in the world.

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Dingle, County Kerry

Dingle, County Kerry Sorry - I know you've already seen the Dingle Peninsula but it's so blooming gorgeous.

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Gougane Barra Forest, Bantry, County Cork

Gougane Barra Forest, Bantry, County Cork Are you thinking of faeries and sprites and all manner of magical creatures? Maybe a leprechaun or two?

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Tralee, County Kerry

Tralee, County Kerry Tralee is the largest town in County Kerry and is known for its Rose of Tralee International Festival.

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Saint Kevin's Way, County Wicklow

Saint Kevin's Way, County Wicklow The Saint Kevin's Way is a pilgrim path 19 miles long. It begins in Hollywood, winds through the Wicklow Gap and ends at the ruins of the monastery in Glendalough, founded by St. Kevin. .

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Fastnet Lighthouse, Mizen Head, County Cork

Fastnet Lighthouse, Mizen Head, County Cork The last lighthouse before the Americas.

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Brannockstown, Kildare

Brannockstown, Kildare Even when Ireland isn't green she is beautiful.

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Lia Fail, Hill of Tara, County Meath

Lia Fail, Hill of Tara, County Meath The Stone of Destiny is the ancient coronation stone of the Kings of Ireland.

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Jamesons Whiskey Distillery Museum, Dublin

Jamesons Whiskey Distillery Museum, Dublin The Irish are as fond of their whiskey as the Scots and the museum tour is a popular tourist activity.

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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Notorious as being the site where Irish soldiers were shot dead by British troops after the Easter Rising in 1916

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James Joyce Museum

James Joyce Museum There is such wealth in Irish literature and James Joyce was one of its greatest exponents.

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Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Munster

Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Munster The business was started back in 1783. Tours of the factory are very popular.

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The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle And let's end with a simple contemplation of Ireland's beauty.

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#7 that's Cobh. Cork Harbour is more to the west

stunning !! thanks so much !!

Wow!!! Beautiful!!!

Glenveagh is amazing. I love the north of Ireland along with Northern Ireland the best! Rugged beauty

Of all the places we have been Ireland is the one place we would love to see again, these photo's make me so nostalgic, so very beautiful

Stunningly beautiful

It's a shame you didn't put in some of the great sites in Northern Ireland, other than Malin Head. I prefer the northern part rather than a lot of the tourist spots mentioned.

Hope to visit someday

My beautiful home 💕

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