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( in no particular order)

Click here for a Suggested Itinerary of Ireland

Ancient Monuments

Attraction

County

Loughcrew Passage Graves* (Mar 03) Meath
Bru Ná Boinne - Newgrange & Knowth* (Mar 03) Meath
Fourknocks (Mar 03) Meath
Drombeg Stone Circle (Mar 03) Cork
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery (Jul 03) Sligo

Castles / Monasteries / Churches (ruined or otherwise!)

Attraction

County

Trim (various churches, Trim Castle* etc) (Mar 03, Oct 03)

Meath

Clonmacnoise* (Mar 03)

Offaly

Ross Castle*, Killarney (Mar 03)

Kerry

Malahide Castle (Feb 03)

Dublin

Rock of Dunamase, Portlaois (Mar 03)

Laois

Cahir Castle* (Mar 03)

Tipperary

Rock of Cashel* (Mar 03)

Tipperary

Blarney Castle (Mar 03)

Cork

Dunluce Castle (Apr 03)

Antrim (N.I.)

Carrickfergus Castle (Apr 03)

Antrim (N.I.)

Skellig Michael / The Skellig Centre* (Aug 03)
(Feehans Boats, seandive@yahoo.com to get there!)

Kerry

Drives / Scenery / Natural Wonders

Attraction

County

Mitchelstown Cave (Mar 03)

Tipperary

Beara Peninsula (Mar 03)

Cork & Kerry

Ring of Kerry (Mar 03)
Cahergill Fort / Leacanabuile Fort / Ballycarbery Castle (Caherciveen)

Kerry

Dingle Peninsula (Mar 03) - Fort, beehive huts, Gallarus Oratory, Minard castle

Kerry

Glendalough / Sally Gap / Wicklow Gap, Wicklow Mountains  (Mar 03)

Wicklow

Cooley Peninsula (incl Proleek Dolmen) (Mar 03)

Louth (Repub.) / Armagh (N.I.)

Giants Causeway / Causeway Coast / Antrim Coast (Apr 03)

Antrim (N.I.)

Upper and Lower Lough Erne (Apr 03)

Fermanagh (N.I.)

Loop Head / Cliffs of Moher / Clare Coast (May 03)
(incl. Cliffs of Moher Cruise from Doolin or Liscannor)

Clare

The Burren (May 03)

Clare

Lough Gur (Jun 03)

Limerick

Connemara (Jul 03)
(incl. Coral Strand, Roundstone, Kylemore Abbey, Sky Road in Clifden, Inagh Valley)

Galway

Lough Gill (Jul 03)

Sligo

Glencar Waterfall (Jul 03)

Sligo

Rosguill Peninsula (Jul 03)

Donegal

Glenveagh National Park* (Jul 03)

Donegal

The Aran Islands - Inishmor, Inishmann & Inisheer (Aug 03)

Galway

Great Blasket Island / Great Blasket Centre* (Sept 03)

Kerry

Killary Harbour / Doolough Valley / Coast Road (Oct 03)

Mayo

Achill Island (Oct 03)

Mayo

Fanad Head / Peninsula (Oct 03)

Donegal

Inishowen Peninsula (Oct 03)
(Grianán of Aileách, Dunree Head, Malin Head etc)

Donegal

Silent Valley (Mourne Mountains) (Dec 03)

Down (N.I.)

Tours / Museums

Attraction

County

Dublin 'City Tour' (Double decker bus) (Feb 03)

Dublin

Zozimus's Ghostly Experience , Dublin (Feb 03)

Dublin

National Museum of Archaeology and History, Dublin (Mar 03)

Dublin

Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford (Mar 03)

Wexford

Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills (Apr 03)

Antrim (N.I.)

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park , Bunratty (May 03)

Clare

Musical Pub Crawl, Dublin (Jun 03)

Dublin

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (Oct 03)

Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (Mar 03)

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin (Feb 03)

Dublin

Picture Postcard Towns etc

Attraction

County

Dunmore East (Mar 03) Waterford
Dalkey (Feb 03, Apr 04) Dublin
Howth (Feb 03, May 03, Apr 04) Dublin
Adare (Jun 03) Limerick
Doolin (May 03, Oct 03) Clare
Derry City (Oct 03)
(City walls, Murals etc)
(London)Derry (N.I.)
Galway City (Aug 03, May 04) Galway

Miscellaneous

Attraction

County

Swiss Cottage*, Cahir (Mar 03) Tipperary
Powerscourt Estate and Waterfall, Enniskerry (Mar 03, Jul 03) Wicklow
Prince August Toy Soldier Factory, Macroom (Mar 03) Cork
Kerry Crafted Glass, Killarney (Mar 03) Kerry
Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet , Quin (May 03) Clare
Birr Castle Demesne , Birr (Jun 03) Offaly
Barry Murphy's Comedy Circus @ Vicar St, Dublin (Jul 03, Sept 03) Dublin

Ragús, Dublin / Inishmor (Jul 03, Aug 03)

Dublin
Belfast City - incl. City Hall and Black Taxi Tour (Dec 03) Antrim (N.I.)

Accommodation

Attraction

County

Slane Farm Hostel , Slane

Meath

MacMurrough Farm Hostel , New Ross

Wexford

Elmgrove B&B, Ballinaboola

Wexford

Glendalough Cillíns, Glendalough

Wicklow

Abbey Villa B&B , Adare

Limerick

'Man of Aran' B&B, Kilmurvey, Inishmor, Aran Islands

Galway

The Saddler's House B&B, Derry

Derry

* = Dúchas Sites.  Dúchas is the Republic of Ireland Heritage Service.
You can purchase a 12 month Dúchas Heritage Card and then entry to Dúchas sites are free - see www.duchas.ie

Click here for a Suggested Itinerary of Ireland


Recommended Books about Ireland:
Round Ireland with a Fridge, By Tony Hawks
McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland, by Pete McCarthy
Hotfooting around the Emerald Isle, by Ian Middleton
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
Ireland, Guidebook by Lonely Planet
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Ireland, Guidebook by DK
 

Recommended Movies about / set in Ireland:

Angela's Ashes Drama.  Starring Robert Carlyle
Evelyn Drama.  Starring Pierce Brosnan
In the Name of the Father

Drama.  Prison scenes at Kilmainham Gaol Dublin.  Starring Daniel Day-Lewis & Pete Postlethwaite

Magdalene Sisters

Drama.

Veronica Guerin

Drama/Thriller.  Starring Cate Blanchett

The Commitments

Musical/Comedy.  Starring Andrew Strong
Intermission

Drama/Comedy.  Starring Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney, Deidre O'Kane

The Actors Comedy.  Starring Michael Caine and Dylan Moran
Some Mother's Son Drama.  Starring Helen Mirren
Waking Ned (Devine) Comedy.  (Filmed on Isle of Man, but set off west coast of Ireland).  Starring David Kelly

Beyond Ireland:

I also really enjoyed and recommend Niagara Falls (Ontario Canada), London, Stonehenge, Oxford, Bath, Windsor, Paris, Stockholm, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales!

Recommended Accommodation:
Melville Guest House, Edinburgh, Scotland
'Holme-Lea Guest House', Barmouth , Wales
Rosendale Park B&B, Lydstep, Wales

also see the links page to other websites of things seen / visited on my OE


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