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1Dublin

394 properties in Dublin

Welcome to Dublin

Dublin is home to more than a quarter of the entire Republic of Ireland’s population and was originally founded as a Viking settlement. A lot has changed from those Viking days, and Dublin is now famous for its literary history and the most green-spaces of any other European capital, making Dublin a real Irish gem.

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  • Live Music

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2Galway

180 properties in Galway

Welcome to Galway

Welcoming Galway is a small city with fantastic nightlife and an infectious atmosphere. Outside of the Galway Arts Festival, there’s still plenty of live music in the Irish pubs to get the party started.

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3Killarney

159 properties in Killarney

Welcome to Killarney

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Lough Leane, colourful Killarney is a top Irish tourist destination. The UNESCO-listed Killarney National Park surrounds Muckross House, a stately home sitting in large grounds with a traditional farm.

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  • Pubs

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  • Sightseeing

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  • Nightlife

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4Cork

62 properties in Cork

Welcome to Cork

Situated on the banks of the River Lee, Cork’s city centre was originally built on marshes and many of its popular streets are constructed on the former river channels. With a thriving nightlife and a vibrant cultural scene, the Irish Republic’s second biggest city is full of surprises.

What travellers love about Cork

  • Shopping

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  • Pubs

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  • Friendly People

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Best places to see in Ireland

Dublin Zoo
Parks
With almost a million visitors every year, Dublin Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. And why wouldn’t it be, with a fabulous array of birds, reptiles, giraffes, ostriches, white rhinos, lions and even gorillas – all spread over 28 glorious hectares of Phoenix Park. Its famous tearooms were built in 1898, and have since been joined by the Meerkat Restaurant!
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Spanish Arch
Landmarks
Under the oligarchy of its merchant Tribes, Galway prospered as a result of trade with Europe. In 1584, the city walls were extended to guard against looting – this arch is all that remains of the fortifications. Today, you’ll still hear foreign accents by the banks of the Corrib. Here, English-language students, tourists and natives mingle over an ice cream on sunny days.
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Eyre Square
Parks
The flags of the fourteen Tribes of Galway fly over grassy Eyre Square. The Brownes were one such merchant family – see the original doorway of their early 17th-century mansion on the northern edge. Surrounded by pubs and cafés, the green’s a classic meeting spot. Families, friends and flocks of students gather here on sun-kissed afternoons – yes, they happen occasionally!
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Trinity College
Institutions
Modelled on Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity College was founded in 1592 in the heart of the city centre. Among its most illustrious graduates are Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Edmund Burke and Mary Robinson. Mingle with today’s star students in the quad, then queue to see the exquisite “Book of Kells” – the four Gospels handcrafted by medieval monks.
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Lynch’s Castle
Landmarks
More a medieval mansion than a “castle”. This limestone building was home to the Lynches, a merchant family that gave Galway over eighty mayors. Look for the intricate, original stonework that adorns its Gothic-style façade: from decorative window frames to gargoyles and coats of arms. Now a bank, you can enter its foyer to see a well-kept, 17th-century fireplace.
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Croke Park Stadium
Stadiums and arenas
Ireland’s dynamic national games are Gaelic football and hurling. And the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is Croke Park in the suburb of Drumcondra. After an enormous €260-million redevelopment, it’s now Europe’s fourth-largest stadium with a capacity of more than 80,000. It’s also a major music venue, hosting bands such as U2, The Script and One Direction.
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What travellers love about Ireland

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