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Cork City prison (Cork)
In spite of a majestic appearance, the conditions in the 19th century prisoners in Cork City Prison were not very royal. This is the impression you will get visiting Cork's notorious prison, where the daily life of prisoners and guards has been reconstructed with the help of wax figures and sound effects.
Saint Finbars Cathedral (Cork)
The three towered church is one of the most beautiful and interesting churches in Cork County. It was finished in 1870 and was built in honour of Saint Fin Barre, the founder and patron saint of Cork City.
The English Market (Cork)
This roofed market is situated on the main street, Grand Parade, and here you can get a large selection of meat, poultry, cheese, vegetables, bread and fresh herbs. If you are there early after opening, you will see the chefs of the finest restaurants of Cork shopping at the market for the daily menu.
The Rock The Slieve League (Donegal)
This is the name of the greatest ocean rock in Europe, which is situated by the west coast of Donegal. The rock rises 598 metres above sea level and is one of the most spectacular sights in Ireland. If you want to set out on a long hike in the rocky area it is recommended that you consult a guide.
The town Lough Derg (Donegal)
The lake Lough Derg is situated about 20 kilometres east of Donegal town. Every summer several thousands of catholic pilgrims come to Lough Derg. They come to do penance on Station Island, which is situated in Lough Derg. Saint Patrick visited the island in the year 445, and since then pilgrims have called this place Saint Patrick's purgatory.
Kilmainham Gaol Prison (Dublin)
When you visit this former prison, you will experience the chilling insight into how it must have been being locked up in one of these repulsive punishment bastions. The prison was used until 1924 and today it is a well-visited tourist attraction for those who wish to get an insight into modern Irish history.
Phoenix Park (Dublin)
This oasis is Europe's and Dublin's largest fenced city park. On about 700 hectares you will among other things find the residence of the president (Áras an Uachtaráin), the American ambassador residence, Dublin's zoological garden and Ashtown Castle.
The Dublin Castle (Dublin)
Dublin Castle represents the heart of Dublin. Actually, the city got it's name from the black pond of the castle, Dubh Linn, which is still in the garden of the castle. The castle worked as the centre of power of the British for 700 years and has functioned as both prison, fortress and residence for the English.
Galway City Museum (Galway)
The museum is a folk museum showing the history of the city and of the daily life all the way back to the Middle Ages.
The city wall The Spanish Arch (Galway)
The gate, neighbour to the Galway City Museum, is actually the remains of an extension of the city wall from 1584. Some people believe that the name of the building, The Spanish Arch, is misleading, as there is no evidence that there were any Spanish people in Galway when the gate was built.
The Lynch Castle (Galway)
Lynch Castle is situated at the corner of Abbeygate Street and Shop Street and is a good example of the combination of new and old in Galway. The building is one of Ireland's finest examples of the so-called town castles, which were mainly built by rich merchants in the 15th and 16th century.
Bank of Ireland (Ireland)
This majestic building from 1729 was built to host the parliament of Ireland. But it became superfluous, when the Irish and the British parliament melted together and moved to London in 1798. Bank of Ireland took over the pompous building drawn by James Gorden and Edward Lovett Pearce.
Book of Kells at the Trinity College (Ireland)
Trinity College is the home of probably the most famous treasure of Ireland, the Book of Kells. The book consists of 680 pages of calf skin from the 9th century and is considered to contain some of the most beautiful handwritings in the world. The book is apparently made by monks from the monastery of Kells and is beautifully illustrated with plants, animals and humans.
Christ Church Cathedral (Ireland)
The Anglican church, which has been built on the remains of the church of the Viking king Sitric from 1038, is the oldest church of Dublin. In the cellar you can se the remains of the old Viking church and in the centre nave you can admire the 25 metres tall gothic arches.
National Museum of Ireland (Ireland)
The museum opened in 1890 and has a collection of works of art which are up to 4,000 years old. One of the most important works of art is Ireland's Gold. It is the greatest European collection of gold jewelleries from the Bronze Age.
St. Patricks Cathedral (Ireland)
It is said that the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, once came to Dublin to convert the pagans to Christianity. He did that by baptising the chosen ones in a well near St. Patrick's Cathedral. Irelands biggest church, in its present construction, was built in 1191 on top of a small Celtic wooden church from 450 dedicated to Saint Patrick.
The Aran Islands (Ireland)
The three limestone islands Inish Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer together form the Aran Islands. 45 kilometres west of Galway lies these barren but historical rock islands which all in all have about 1,500 Gaelic speaking inhabitants. It is possible to stay overnight on all three islands.
The Guinness brewery (Ireland)
Guinness Hopstore is situated on Crane Street and hosts the famous black Guinness beer with the characteristic creamy foam. In 1759 Arthur Guinness began to brew the world-famous porter which sells several million litres a day. It is possible to taste the beer at the bar of the museum.
The Moher rocks (Ireland)
One of the truly beautiful sights of Ireland, Cliffs of Moher, is situated in Southwest Ireland facing the Atlantic Ocean. On the top of the rocks, rising 100 - 200 meters up from the ocean, is the Victorian watchtower, O'Brien's Tower, which is open from March till October.
The Shannon River (Ireland)
The longest river in Ireland stretches all the way from the border of Northern Ireland to Limerick in Southwest Ireland where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. You can sail on 250 of Shannon's 330 kilometres or you can simply enjoy the many sights along the river.
Trinity College (Ireland)
Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland, was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I. The university has about 12,000 students and 1,200 employees and is mainly known for its old library which among other things include the famous Book of Kells.
King Johns Castle (Limerick)
The castle is situated in the heart of Limerick on King's Island, where the Vikings and the Normans settled down originally. King John's Castle, which is the greatest tourist attraction of Limerick, also has a visitors' centre, which quite well tells the story of the castle and of Ireland.
Limerick City Art Gallery (Limerick)
This newly renovated gallery contains a permanent exhibition of Irish art from the 18th to the 20th century made by the most well-reputed artists of the past. Furthermore, there are over 40 temporary exhibitions a year.
Lough Gur Stone Age Centre (Limerick)
Lough Gur is the most important Stone Age attraction in Ireland. The archaeological excavations from the area contain relics from the first peasants in the region going 5,000 years back in time.

Area and city attractions

• Donegal
• Cork
• Dublin
• Galway
• Limerick

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