10 things to do in Ireland

love it!’s ANNA BIBBY crosses the Irish Sea to find
the best things for readers to see and do on the gorgeous, green – and most certainly grand – Emerald Isle…

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1. GUINNESS!

It’s one of Ireland’s most popular exports worldwide, so a visit to the home of Guinness is essential. In the heart of Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse offers guided tours and a museum.

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2. THE RING OF KERRY

The Ring of Kerry is home to some of the most stunning views in Ireland, with rugged cliff edges and lush mountains. This 120-mile route skirts the Iveragh Peninsula and takes you on a journey through Ireland’s finest countryside.

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3. BLARNEY Thousands of tourists flock to Blarney Castle for one reason and that is to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is believed by many that one kiss of the Blarney will give you the gift of eloquence.

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4. KILMAINHAM GAOL This 18th century prison just outside Dublin is a must-see for those interested in the gory side of Irish history. The prison was where political prisoners were kept and executed up until the 1920s. It is now a museum of crime and punishment.

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5. EXPLORE AILLWEE CAVES Located deep within the Burren in County Clare, these beautiful caves are an incredible day out. For a family admission of 29 euros, you will take a guided tour through all the caverns and past the hugely impressive underground waterfalls. When the tour is over, refresh yourself in the tea rooms and then have a look around the birds of prey centre.

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6. FOTA PARK This 75-acre Wildlife Park, just outside Cork, is home to nearly 30 mammal species and over 50 bird species. Smaller animals such as ring-tailed lemurs and wallabies roam freely in the park, among the visitors.

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7. JAMESON TOUR Jameson’s Whiskey is another infamous Irish export and you can see its place of birth in Dublin. Take a tour through the distillery and a step-by-step guide of how the whiskey is produced. You will also have the opportunity to sample some of the end product! A family ticket costs 42 euros.

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8. CROKE PARK Croke Park is the spiritual home of Irish sport and is a mecca for sports lovers. A guided tour of the stadium, plus admission to the Gaelic Football museum, costs 35 euros for a family ticket.

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9. KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK The sublime Killarney National Park shows off the very best of Ireland’s scenery. With ancient oak woodlands and beautiful panoramic views, this is the best place to be if you want to escape the stresses of life and wind down with a leisurely walk. It is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including deer and the white-tailed eagle.

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10. GALWAY The charming city of Galway can only be described as eye-catching with its vibrantly-coloured buildings and street art. There are plenty of great pubs and shops for you to explore and try the local delicacies.

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