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1Dublin

391 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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2Galway

161 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

150 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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  • Scenery

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  • Sightseeing

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  • Nightlife

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4Cork

63 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

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Best places to see in Ireland

Guinness Storehouse
Popular areas
If you’re a fan of dramatic buildings, how about this: the Guinness Storehouse is a glass atrium on seven floors in the shape of a pint of Guinness. Each floor tells part of the brewing tale, starting with its four ingredients – water, barley, hops and yeast. The tale ends at the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor, with spectacular views over the city and a drink in hand …
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Dublin Castle
Monuments
There’s been an occupied castle on the same site in the city centre since 1204 AD – so imagine how much history it’s seen! The nucleus of British rule in Ireland until 1922, it now hosts state dinners and international conferences. The lavish “state apartments” are open to the public by guided tour. You might even recognise them as the backdrops of some major movies.
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Galway Market
Shopping areas
Galwegians cherish this weekend market. Local farmers and craftspeople have traded here for generations, selling everything from hearty Irish soda bread and homemade jams, to artisanal cheeses and handmade chocolates. Chat with cheery vendors over a tasty “Big Mick” crêpe, or browse the stalls for that one-off ceramic jug – you just know it’ll tie the kitchen together.
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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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St Nicholas' Collegiate Church
Landmarks
Ireland’s largest medieval church dates back to 1320. It’s named after the patron saint of seafarers. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus prayed here during his voyage to the New World. Less vaunted visitors were Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army during the Siege of Galway in 1652 – view their unwelcome handiwork in the headless and handless carved figures inside the church.
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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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