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.
Ireland's coastline easily rivals that of anywhere else in the world. The beaches are among the glorious sights of Ireland.
Known simply as Galway Cathedral, it's one of the most impressive churches in Ireland.
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.
The bridges over the Liffey River are a major feature of Ireland’s capital city.
The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion.
Killarney is one of the popular tourist towns of Ireland. Even Queen Victoria paid a visit in 1861.
Brightly colored houses lining a harbor front are among the common sights of Ireland.
The great poet W. B. Yeats mentions Glencar Waterfall in his poem, The Stolen Child.
The library is home to the famous Book of Kells.
The pubs are one of the great attractions of Ireland. It's a must for visitors to experience the "craic"
St. Patrick's is the largest church in Ireland and was founded in 1191.
Kiss the Blarney Stone and you'll be blessed with eloquence - more commonly known as the "gift of the gab".
Not great for sunbathing but fabulous for walking and beachcombing.
The abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920. It was created as a home by Belgian nuns who had fled World War I.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pretty Kinsale is known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland".
The castle dates back to 1185 and belonged to the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. Today it is owned by the state.
Gorgeous countryside is a staple of the attractions of
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)
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.
The largest enclosed park in the whole of Europe.
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.
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.
You could easily spend a whole day just wandering around the college enjoying the architecture and grounds.
Abandoned cottages dotted around the countryside always make great photo opportunities.
The Magdalene Asylums were institutes for wayward girls. although they existed in other countries, the heavy catholic doctrine made them particularly brutal in Ireland.
The Aran Islands are definitely on my list of places to visit in Ireland.
Fancy a stay in a lighthouse? Imagine the views.
One of the many castles of Ireland that has been turned into a hotel.
The holiest mountain in Ireland.
The castle was subject to a siege in 1602 and 58 survivors of the siege were executed in the nearby market square.
Pronounced Dunquin, it is the most westerly settlement in
The rock is the site of the ruins of Dunamase Castle and presents fabulous views across to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Did you know that it is said that there are 42 shades of green in Ireland.
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.
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.
Can you believe this is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids? It was built in 3200 BCE.
The cliffs are stunning and the views even more so.
There's been a market on the site since 1788. The current entrance dates back to 1962.
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.
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.
The megolithic tomb on The Burren is one of the oldest monuments in the world.
Sorry - I know you've already seen the Dingle Peninsula but it's so blooming gorgeous.
Are you thinking of faeries and sprites and all manner of magical creatures? Maybe a leprechaun or two?
Tralee is the largest town in County Kerry and is known for its Rose of Tralee International Festival.
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. .
The last lighthouse before the Americas.
Even when Ireland isn't green she is beautiful.
The Stone of Destiny is the ancient coronation stone of the Kings of Ireland.
The Irish are as fond of their whiskey as the Scots and the museum tour is a popular tourist activity.
Notorious as being the site where Irish soldiers were shot dead by British troops after the Easter Rising in 1916
There is such wealth in Irish literature and James Joyce was one of its greatest exponents.
The business was started back in 1783. Tours of the factory are very popular.
And let's end with a simple contemplation of Ireland's beauty.
Are you convinced enough to put Ireland on your travel wish list?
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