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The Emerald Isle sparkles in infinite shades of green. This land of steep mountains with strange rock formations, peat bogs covered with flowers, tranquil lakes and green meadows has been the inspiration for many passionate odes from its artists. Blending its Celtic and Christian roots, Irish culture is teeming with both elves and saints.
Nowadays Ireland seems far from the description that Chateaubriand gave of it in his day: ‘England’s dinghy’ that would be lost at sea if ever it were cut off from the ‘mother ship’. The age-old myths that shaped this magical place were rekindled in 1921 by the political troubles that divided Erin the green into two entities, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The ‘‘ Celtic Tiger’’ joined the European Union in 1972 and has played its tourism card well, with the help of its picture post-card panoramas. The incredible tumulus at Newgrange, north of Dublin, is as extravagantly impressive as the majestic, northerly Giant’s Causeway. And people still love to listen to music and go dancing in pubs around a pint of Guinness or a nice glass of whiskey.

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Ireland : Must-see towns and regions

  • Cashel

    The Rock of Cashel, a 60m limestone outcrop rising out of the Tipperary plain and dedicated to Saint Patrick, is the focal landmark for the town and the surrounding area. It is topped by some of the m...

  • Dublin

    Dublin is a city steeped in contradictions: Catholic and Anglican, Celtic beneath a classical exterior, working-class yet affluent. The city has been capital of the Republic of Ireland since 1949, and...

  • Cork

    Third city of Ireland after Dublin and Belfast, Cork is an important trading centre, county town of County Cork and also a university town. The northern suburbs, including the solely residential Monte...

  • Galway

    County town of Galway, this town is also the largest conurbation in the west of Ireland. Its location at the mouth of the Corrib at the end of Galway Bay makes it an ideal port. The original docks on ...

  • Kilkenny

    Set on the banks of the Nore, Kilkenny, the county town, is the most outstanding medieval city in Ireland. The castle and the cathedral dominate the town centre from either side, where the narrow alle...

  • Limerick

    Situated on the River Shannon, Limerick, the fourth largest city in Ireland, is the administrative and commercial heart of the mid-west. The historic centre, known as English Town or King's Island, wi...

  • Sligo

    Sligo is a large and busy market town on the short River Garavogue, which drains Lake Gill into the sea. The town is surrounded by fine and varied countryside: green and wooded valleys, high mountains...

  • There are five structures in this secluded rocky hollow: an unfinished 18C church, a round drinking well, with a domed roof supported by a wicker arch, a rectangular eye well with a pyramidal corbelle...

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