Dublin enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Dublin attracts visitors from around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are stately Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. O'Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin. Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where visitors can enjoy conversation over fine Irish brew. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park. National Gallery's renowned collection includes works by such famous masters as Rembrandt and Monet. Trinity College's Old Library is home to the most cherished treasure, the Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospels. Admire Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy the exhibits in impressive National Museum. Self-guided walking tours include Old City Trail, Georgian Heritage Trail and the Cultural Trail.
Nestled in southeast Ireland, Waterford combines low farmland and sandy coastlines with rugged landscape typical of County Cork. The town is an ancient Viking settlement whose roots go back to the 8th century. Even today there is a medieval feel about Waterford with its ancient fortifications, 18th century cathedrals, and fine Georgian houses, particularly around The Mall, George's Street and O'Connell Street. While the town is charming, it regained world recognition with the re-opening of the crystal factory offering once again the famous, exquisite glassware of the town's name. Take a walking tour of Historic Waterford to get an understanding of Waterford's complex history. The 70-foot Reginald's Tower was built in the 11th century. Climb the stone spiral staircase for a great view of the city. The ruins of French Church are part of a Dominican monastery built in 1240 AD given to Huguenot refugees in the 17th century. The Theater Royal and City Hall are considered architectural masterpieces by John Roberts.
Mayo is a county with an astonishing variety of scenery, an unspoilt natural environment and innumerable places of interest. Here, people have lived in harmony with their surroundings for over 5,000 years.
The county has charming picturesque towns and tiny atlantic fishing villages, bustling market towns and the Marian Shrine at Knock. Natural amenities abound - Bountiful rivers and lakes, islands of all shapes and sizes and a long complex coastline ranging from jagged sea sculptures and majestic cliffs to safe golden strands and hidden coves. If it's scenery you're after, we've got it all.
For the sports minded Mayo is a paradise. Sea, lake and river fishing, watersports, equestrian pursuits, golf (links and parkland), hill & trail walking...the list is endless. Then of course, there's Mayo's people and culture. Traditional pubs spilling over with Irish Music. Welcoming faces with friendly smiles and a hint of mischevious wit brimming beneath the surface. It's all waiting for you.
Developed by Lord Kenmare as a tourist town in the 18th century, Killarney is now the major tourist centre and accommodation base in Kerry. It is the centre for the Ring of Kerry tour, the focal point for the Killarney National Park and the Kerry Way Walking Trail.