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Ireland: The Emerald Isle

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Apart from its weather, it national tipple of Guinness and its now burgeoning tech sector, Ireland is known for its vast empty spaces and abandoned castles. The county possesses some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and historical treasures in Europe.

Ireland possesses some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and historical treasures in Europe.

© Flickr / C BRock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock.
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Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock.
© Flickr / RafolasCarrick-a-Rede bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede.
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Carrick-a-Rede bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede.
© Flickr / Daniele BellucciFrom the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The cliffs are one of Ireland's signature tourist attractions.
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From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The cliffs are one of Ireland's signature tourist attractions.
© Flickr / Jan MennensAshford Castle is a medieval mansion that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel.
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Ashford Castle is a medieval mansion that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel.
© PixabayA scenic view of a lake in Ireland.
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A scenic view of a lake in Ireland.
© Flickr / Stefan KloppThe Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
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The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
© Photo : wicklowdailyphoto.blogspot.ruDraw Off Tower, Lower Vartry Reservoir, near Roundwood, Co Wicklow.
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Draw Off Tower, Lower Vartry Reservoir, near Roundwood, Co Wicklow.
© Flickr / Daragh BurnsBoth of the Skellig Islands are known for their seabird colonies, and together comprise one of the most important seabird sites in Ireland, both for the population size and for the diversity of species.
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Both of the Skellig Islands are known for their seabird colonies, and together comprise one of the most important seabird sites in Ireland, both for the population size and for the diversity of species.
© Flickr / michael kooimanThe iconic ruins of Dunluce Castle bear witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.
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The iconic ruins of Dunluce Castle bear witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built on the dramatic coastal cliffs of north Antrim by the MacQuillan family around 1500, the earliest written record of the castle was in 1513.
© PixabayThe beautiful scenery of Irish hills.
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The beautiful scenery of Irish hills.
© Flickr / Tony KaneDublin Docklands is an area of the city of Dublin on both sides of the River Liffey, roughly from Talbot Memorial Bridge eastwards.
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Dublin Docklands is an area of the city of Dublin on both sides of the River Liffey, roughly from Talbot Memorial Bridge eastwards.
© Flickr / Daniel StockmanDoonagore Castle is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. Its name may mean "the fort of the rounded hills" or the "fort of the goats."
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Doonagore Castle is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km above the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. Its name may mean "the fort of the rounded hills" or the "fort of the goats."
© Flickr / Michelle O'RiordanCobh, known from 1850 until the late 1920s as Queenstown, is a tourist seaport on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland.
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Cobh, known from 1850 until the late 1920s as Queenstown, is a tourist seaport on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland.
© Flickr / JustinBenbulbin is a a rock formation that was shaped during the Ice age, when Ireland was under glaciers.
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Benbulbin is a a rock formation that was shaped during the Ice age, when Ireland was under glaciers.
© Flickr / Jan MennensKylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The abbey was built for the Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium during World War I.
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Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The abbey was built for the Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium during World War I.
© Flickr / Greg ClarkeLough Swilly Lighthouse is a signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Lough Swilly Lighthouse is a signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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