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  1. Oranmore Castle

    Oranmore, Galway

    Oranmore Castle was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Originally a De Burgo (Burke) stronghold, An Cáislean Mór or The Castle of the Well played a pivotal part in the defence of Galway during the Confederate Rebellion in the 1640's: provisions were shipped from the castle to the besieged fort of Galway. Read more

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  2. Ballaghmore Castle

    Borris In Ossory, Laois

    Ballaghmore Castle is a unique and beautiful place. Set in the Irish midlands in County Laois, it is the perfect setting for a relaxing rural break. Read more

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  3. Fota House and Gardens

    Carrigtwohill, Cork

    Fota House is a special place that offers visitors the chance to discover one of Ireland’s most interesting ‘big houses’. Read more

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  4. Valentia Observatory

    Cahersiveen, Kerry

    Ireland's oldest synoptic weather station is a few minutes from Cahersiveen town on the Waterville road. Read more

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  5. Saint Columba Heritage Centre (Áras Cholmcille) and St Columba’s Church Long Tower

    Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry

    St Columba's Church Long Tower is a Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Derry. Read more

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  6. Emo Court House & Gardens

    Emo, Laois

    Emo Court was designed by the noted architect James Gandon. It has magnificent gardens and parklands and is located 2.5 kilometres from Emo village, near to the M7 and just 7 kilometres from Portarlington railway station in County Laois. Read more

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  7. Hillsborough Fort

    Hillsborough, County Down

    Take a step back in history and view this 17th century artillery fort, set in beautiful grounds. Read more

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  8. Duckett's Grove & Walled Gardens

    Carlow Town, Carlow

    Situated just outside Carlow town and originally a Georgian home of a noted Anglo-Irish family, Duckett’s Grove was rebuilt in flamboyant, Gothic revival style. Read more

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  9. St Columb's Cathedral

    Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry

    Dominating the skyline on all approaches to the city of Londonderry is Saint Columb's Cathedral. Read more

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  10. Birr Castle Demesne & Historic Science Centre

    Birr, Offaly

    The great telescope constructed at Birr Castle in the 1840's, the largest in the world for seventy years, is now fully restored and looks and moves just as it did one hundred and fifty years ago. Ireland's Historic Science Centre features pioneering achievements in fields of astronomy, photography engineering and horticulture. Read more

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