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  1. 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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  2. Portumna Castle And Gardens

    Portumna, Galway

    Portumna Castle, built close to 400 centuries ago by the de Burgo (Burke) family, stands close to Lough Derg, the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park in Portumna, County Galway. Read more

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  3. Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden

    Quin, Clare

    Knappogue Castle was built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara, son of Sioda (who built Bunratty Castle) and has a long and varied history. Located just outside Quin Village, Knappogue Castle is just 15 miles from Shannon Airport. Read more

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  4. Gallarus Castle

    Ballydavid, Kerry

    Gallarus Castle was built by the FitzGeralds, and is one of the few surviving castles on the Dingle peninsula. It is a four-storey tower with a vaulted ceiling on the fourth floor. Read more

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  5. The City Gates

    Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry

    Shipquay Gate is one of the original four city gates with the present archway dating from 1805. Read more

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  6. Rockfleet Castle

    Louisburgh, Mayo

    Rockfleet Castle (Carraig-an-Cabhlaigh), also known as Carrickahowley Castle, stands at the mouth of a small inlet on the northern shores of Clew Bay in County Mayo. Read more

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  7. Harry Ferguson Memorial Garden

    Dromore, County Down

    The Harry Ferguson Memorial Garden is set opposite the Ferguson Homestead. Read more

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  8. Mountsandel Fort

    Coleraine, County Londonderry

    Mountsandel Wood contains the oldest known human settlement in Ireland. Dating from about 7000BC. Read more

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  9. Beaulieu House, Gardens

    Drogheda, Louth

    Beaulieu is one of the oldest unfortified homes to be found in Ireland dating back from 1660 -1666.It has been lived in by the same family for 11 generations. Many interesting carving, paintings and plasterwork adorn the interiors of the house. Read more

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  10. Somme Heritage Centre

    Newtownards, County Down

    The Museum examines Ireland's role in the 1st World War. Read more

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