Ireland's Ancient East

Wander through time

At first sight, Ireland’s Ancient East is carpeted by lush landscapes and idyllic towns, framed by the River Shannon and the Irish Sea. But this land is also full of secrets. Just ask the locals and the stories will spring to life.

Ireland’s Ancient East in numbers

17 counties

5000 years of history

100s of festivals

100,000 storytellers*

*well, everyone in Ireland's Ancient East has a story to tell

Ireland makes sure you remain in the present while soaking up its past. It makes sure you listen to its storytellers with reverence…

Lola Akinmade, award-winning travel writer

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And the secrets are everywhere. Every cairn has a story, every castle turret has a tale, every hill may hide heroic sagas. Ask the people you meet and you will hear them tell of the legends, triumph and sometimes tragedy that whirl around its round towers, opulent mansions and prehistoric monuments.

Make your own stories

And when, of course, you’ve introduced yourself properly, you’ll have stories of your own – of the people you’ve met, of the craic you’ve had and of the memories you’ll cherish for ever.

WATCH: Stories of Ireland's Ancient East

WATCH: Stories of Ireland's Ancient East

A story is only as good as its teller. Come and listen to the people who bring tales of the past to vivid, dramatic life...

Festivals
Festivals

Festivals in Ireland’s Ancient East

Brimming with centuries of stories, Ireland’s Ancient East certainly celebrates its historic side. But that doesn't mean the people across these lands don’t know how to have fun. Time your visit for every kind of festival imaginable, including garden parties, opera, jazz and comedy, and simply soak up the party atmosphere!

Getting around
Getting around

Getting around Ireland’s Ancient East

There's more than one way to soak up 5,000 years of history around Ireland's Ancient East. Self-drive, coach trips, cycling, cruising or walking – this will be a journey you'll remember forever...

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So whether you're planning a visit to the ancient passage tomb at Newgrange, thinking of a camping trip in the sunny South East or just looking for holiday ideas, you'll find information, recommendations (and maybe even a story or two) at Ireland.com Community.