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The Top Places to Fall in Love With Ireland

Capital of Ireland

1Dublin

377 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 European capital, making Dublin a real Irish gem.

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  • Shopping

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  • Nightlife

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  • Live Music

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2Galway

177 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

157 properties in Killarney

What Travelers Love About Killarney

  • Scenery

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  • Pubs

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  • Sightseeing

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  • Nightlife

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4Cork

64 properties in Cork

Welcome to Cork

Situated on the banks of the River Lee, Cork’s city center 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 Travelers Love About Cork

  • Shopping

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  • Pubs

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  • Nightlife

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  • Friendly People

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Best places to see in Ireland

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 Cathedral
Landmarks
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas. The official name is a mouthful, but the interior may leave you speechless. Built in 1965, its design mixes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features using local limestone and Connemara marble. There’s no guided tour per se but friendly choristers sometimes show visitors around after Sunday mass.
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General Post Office (GPO)
Museums
Well, you can buy stamps at Dublin’s General Post Office (universally known as the GPO), but this landmark is better known for the more bloodthirsty fact that it was here, in Easter 1916, that republican rebels faced the might of the British Army. You can’t miss its magnificent Greek-style portico. The three statues are Mercury, Hibernia and Fidelity.
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Temple Bar
Popular Areas
Trip across the River Liffey on the delightful Ha’penny Bridge to Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural nerve centre. Spot the brightest star in Ireland’s galaxy of contemporary artists at the Project Arts Centre; tap your foot along with the catchiest traditional tune at the TradFest; and press your nose against shop windows where you can buy just about anything under the sun.
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Galway City Museum
Museums
This humble museum serves bite-sized chunks of local history and folklore. Spot the Galway hooker, a traditional fishing boat that hangs from the ceiling. See the gleaming silverwork of the Civic Sword and Great Mace, important city artefacts that date back over 300 years. Learn about Pádraic Ó Conaire, a giant of Irish-language literature whose tiny statue resides here.
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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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