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Cities for History Buffs in Ireland 

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    Dublin

    Ireland
    241 reviews

    The republic of Ireland's largest and most significant city. Haven't been there since the Celtic tiger stubbed its toe, but dynamic and exciting back in 2006-7. Lots to explore depending on your tastes.

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    Kinsale

    Ireland
    7 reviews

    Probably my favourite coastal Irish village. Great shops, amazing ceramics gallery, nice people.

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    Kilkenny

    Ireland
    9 reviews

    I passed through Kilkenny on a bike tour and really enjoyed the city while I was there.

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    Cork

    Ireland
    34 reviews

    Most people come for the proximity to the Blarney Stone, but a city in its own right. Seat of radical politics. Nice vibe, but some of you may decide to give it a miss. Better than Waterford though.

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    Sligo

    Ireland
    7 reviews

    Great small city/little town in western Ireland near the Northern Irish border. Lots of mesolithic and neolithic archaeological sites nearby.

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    Galway

    Ireland
    45 reviews

    During your perambulations around the rural west of Ireland, the harbor city of Galway is a perfect place to come in from the cold for a few days and soak up the urban vibe, with gastropubs, an art gallery scene, and live music in the pubs.

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    Cong

    Ireland
    1 review

    Encircled by streams, the picturesque village of Cong straddles the border between County Mayo and Galway—a region of lakes and vibrantly green meadows dotted with grazing sheep. Cong counts numerous stone bridges, the ruins of a medieval abbey, the occasional thatched-roof cottage, and Ashford Castle, a grand Victorian estate that has been converted into a romantic luxury hotel.

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    Dalkey

    Ireland
    3 reviews

    Dalkey is a beautiful picturesque spot located 13km (8 miles) south-east of Dublin City. Visit the Dalkey Island, Bullock Harbour and Dalkey Castle. Dalkey village offers a variety of gourmet restaurants, art galleries and pubs such as Finnegan’s and The Queen’s.

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    Dingle

    Ireland
    18 reviews

    I found Dingle to be mainly a fishing town and less touristy than other towns in the Kerry area. It does have its famous resident Fungi the dolphin being the main attraction for visitors like myself who went to see him swimming with the boats. If you get the chance you must arrive from the north of the peninsula taking ...

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    Aran Islands

    Ireland
    7 reviews

    Take the ferry from the west coast outside Galway and spend the day on the island. Don't forget to buy a sweater.

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    Howth

    Ireland
    10 reviews

    It's quite near from city center. It's very good place for one day working.

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    Drogheda

    Ireland
    4 reviews

    A must-see for those of us who work on early modern British history, but not sure if everyone else would be keen. Good exhibits.

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    Killarney

    Ireland
    25 reviews

    It is centrally located and is the automatic start & finish point for doing the Ring Of Kerry and The Dingle Peninsula It is an hours drive from Fanningstown House.

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    Doolin

    Ireland
    3 reviews

    I loved it here. The gorgeous cliffs-- people walk along them, sometimes get blown off, and if lucky, are blown right back ON again! I greatly hope to return with my husband to Ireland and especially Co. Clare one day.

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    Blarney

    Ireland
    4 reviews

    Caisleán na Blarnan is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy dynasty, Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446. The noted Blarney Stone is found among the machicolations of the castle. The castle is now a partial ruin ...

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    Limerick

    Ireland
    9 reviews

    Underrated

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    Bunratty

    Ireland
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    Glendalough Village

    Ireland
    4 reviews

    Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. If you like old graveyards, this is a great spot. If you are not on a guided tour, read the history of the place prior to visiting.

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    Cashel

    Ireland
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    Glandore

    Ireland
    1 review

    One of the places I most love in the entire world, Glandore is definitely my favorite place in Ireland and it's unlike any other town or village I know. Located right on the water in West Cork, this is the friendliest seaside village one could ever hope to find and it never seems to change and is always beautiful, no ...

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