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Ulster


(Counties Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Tyrone)
The Armagh Planetarium
Virtual tour of this Northern Ireland planetarium. Click on a section of the building layout for the Voyage Cafe, Star Theatre, Weather Room, everything from "Quarks to Quasars."

The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre
Museum with photo display, artefacts, models, videos, and bookshop. On-site restoration of original County Donegal Railway rolling stock, including steam engine Drumboe.


Leinster


(Counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow)
The Birr Telescope
Informative site with details about the world's largest telescope and its restoration. Fascinating!

The Curragh Racecourse
Information about each racing event and the history of Ireland's famous racecourse.

Glendalough
Tour Wicklow's holy place, the sixth century monastic community of Glendalough. Each time I visit this site, I feel a sense of specialness about the place.

Glendeer Open Farm
This award-winning pet farm was recently featured on national television. Includes picnic facilities, tuck shop, playground.

Grange Castle
Visit this 15th century tower house in County Kildare. Soon to be completed, this tasteful restoration is detailed on these pages. Nice photos, interesting history.

Irish National Heritage Park
Discover here the secrets of Ireland's past in a reconstructed heritage park that shows how early peoples lived and worked.

James Joyce Centre
Lovely site with rich description of the history of the centre located in North Great George's Street, Dublin. Nice photos.

Jerpoint Abbey
Brief history and photos of this well-known Cistercian abbey in Co. Kilkenny.

Mount Usher Gardens
Gorgeous photos of one of Ireland's historic home and garden attractions in County Wicklow, the Garden County of Ireland.

Newgrange
The most famous of all Irish prehistoric monuments. Mostly restored so visitors may glimpse examples of burial chambers, stone circles, iron-age carvings.

Powerscourt Estate
Famous house, gardens, waterfall, set in the verdant Wicklow countryside near Enniskerry. The original home was damaged by fire, but has been partly rebuilt and opened in 2006 by President Mary Robinson.

St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre
Over ninety shops with merchandise to tempt the visitor. Situated in the heart of Dublin.


Munster


(Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford)
The Aillwee Cave
Stunning creation of nature. The Aillwee Cave is located in County Clare near the Burren.

The Beara Peninsula
A new presence on the Web--The Beara Peninsula. Informative pages with many links.

Blarney Castle
Kiss the Blarney Stone and get the "gift of the gab." Cute intro to a detailed history of Blarney Castle. Photos, examples of "the gift."

The Burren
Fascinating facts and photos of one of Ireland's pure, unspoilt landscapes in the northwest corner of County Clare.

Cape Clear
Cape Clear is Ireland's southernmost island, filled with romantic scenery, sparkling harbors, and history.

Cashel of the Kings
Cashel, Co. Tipperary is filled with history. Visit the Rock of Cashel, Hore, the Cashel Heritage Centre. Lovely views of the area.

The Churches of Great Island
The churches of Cobh and environs. Interesting, informative site despite annoying pop-up.

Dingle Peninsula
There's lots to see and do in Dingle. Visit this lovely new Website for ideas.

Doneraile Wildlife Park
160 hectares in this Capability Brown style design consisting of mature trees, canals, stone bridges, and fine pathways. Open to public with handicap accessibility.

The Hunt Museum - Limerick
The Hunt Collection comprises original works of art and antiques dating from the Neolithic Age to the twentieth century. The site also gives a history of the Custom House.

Killarney National Park
Ireland's first national park, covering 25,000 acres. Info. on the park, its visitors' centre, rhododendrons and more.

King John's Castle (Earthlore)
King John's Castle lies at the very heart of Limerick's medieval core, the old English town on The King's Island, just north of Limerick's City center. Earthlore has a fascinating history with illustrations.

St. Colman's Cathedral
Located in Cobh, Co. Cork, this magnificent nineteenth-century building is undergoing a renovation. Home of the famous 47 bell carillon.

Jameson Heritage Centre - Midleton, Co. Cork
Trace the history of that magical spirit - Uisce Beatha - "The Water of Life". World's largest pot still, 150-year-old water wheel. Crafts and coffee shops.

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
Gorgeous, photo-enhanced site of the nineteenth century Church of Ireland cathedral in Cork City. Excellent detailed history. Recommended.


Connacht


(Counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon)
Carrick-on-Shannon - Historical Walking Tour
An illustrated guide of this midlands town. Extensive and very nicely done.

Croagh Patrick
"The Reek" towers bare and windswept above Westport, Co. Mayo. Here, St. Patrick spent the 44 days of Lent in 441 A.D. Lovely Celtic music accompanies your virtual journey up the slope.

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara
Visit this lovely Benedictine school that is also a tea room, shop and more. Visit the fabulous gardens and their online store.

Ireland, General


Historic Irish Castles
Click on a thumbnail photo to see several Irish castles. The list covers several from the famous to the obscure.

Irish Horses
Looking for a thoroughbred? Ireland is internationally known for their equine bloodstock. Check out this site for riding holidays, stud service, equestrian products and more.


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