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  1. Jerpoint Abbey

    Thomastown, Kilkenny

    Dating back to the late 12th century, Jerpoint Abbey is a wonderful example of Ireland’s Cistercian heritage in County Kilkenny. Located about 2.5km south west of Thomastown, the serene abbey features splendid carvings and sculptures. Read more

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  2. St Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower

    Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

    Located in the Irishtown area of Kilkenny City, St Canice’s Cathedral dates back to 1285 and has a rich history for visitors to explore. The 30 metres high round tower also affords stunning 360 degree views of the region. Read more

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  3. Ballintubber Abbey and The Celtic Furrow

    Ballintubber, Mayo

    Ballintubber Abbey, famously described as the abbey that “refused to die,” has been continuously used for nearly eight centuries. The important historical site is located in County Mayo, only 11km from Castlebar. Read more

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  4. Sligo Abbey

    Sligo Town, Sligo

    This Sligo Town landmark was founded in 1252/3 and contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures and the only sculptured 15th Century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church. Read more

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  5. Tintern Abbey

    New Ross, Wexford

    County Wexford’s Tintern Abbey was a Cistercian abbey, founded on the Hook Peninsula around 1200. Today, an atmospheric ruin remains for visitors interested in Irish monastic history, comprising a nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. Read more

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  6. Croagh Patrick

    Westport, Mayo

    Found in County Mayo, Croagh Patrick is an important site of pilgrimage where St Patrick is believed to have fasted for 40 days in 441. The 765m-high mountain is just 8km from Westport and affords stunning views of Clew Bay. Read more

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  7. Ulster Historical Foundation

    Belfast, County Antrim

    Discover your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors with the help of the Ulster Historical Foundation. Read more

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  8. Christ Church Cathedral

    Waterford City, Waterford

    Waterford City’s Christ Church Cathedral stands on land that has been spiritually significant since the 11th century. In addition to being a place of worship, the 18th-century County Waterford cathedral hosts concerts, recitals and exhibitions. Read more

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  9. Old Mellifont Abbey

    Drogheda, Louth

    County Louth is home to the Old Mellifont Abbey, Ireland’s first Cistercian monastery, founded in 1142. At the site, located just 10 minutes from Drogheda, visitors can view features like the monks’ chapter house and an octagonal lavabo. Read more

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  10. St. Mel's Cathedral

    Longford, Longford

    St. Mel’s Cathedral is a landmark building in Longford. Recently restored after the Christmas Day fire of 2009 it has been wonderfully restored as the focal point of the local Catholic community. Read more

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