IRELAND. The Hidden beauty spots.

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Planning to visit Ireland? What about seeing some history and beautiful countryside where few tourists go?

We all know the Ireland of Saints and Scholars, Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle, not to mention the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher. But what about a trip to the hidden Ireland where few tourists go?

Here are some hidden beauty spots that will make your visit there even more special.

Cooley Mountains in County Louth

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Towering over the border areas, the Cooley peninsula has been cut off as a tourist spot because of The Troubles which has meant that it is incredibly unspoiled, with beautiful views North and South over Carlingford Lough from its peaks. The grandeur and beauty of Kerry without any of the high prices or tourist traps is how our guide described it. Just take your car and drive north to Dundalk and head for the…

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Closest airports to Galway in Ireland

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Galway is a city in West Ireland that attracts visitors all year round for diverse reasons: studying, doing business, getting the best views of its river and castles, enjoying the Christmas markets or attending annual events like the Galway Arts Festival every summer. Travellers who have allowed time to take a tour and visit different cities within Ireland often consider flying into Dublin airport, then hiring a car to drive to Galway, which usually takes them about two hours and a half. Direct buses run by Citylink also connect DUB with Galway, and train services departing from a nearby railway station may take up to four hours to reach the west, and this is why we recommend direct flights to Galway in order to save time and money and have shorter commutes after landing.

Does any airline fly direct from Dublin airport to Galway?

As of today…

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Visiting Ireland? Put these treasures on your list.

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From Newgrange to Glendalough – attractions in Ireland that can genuinely leave you with a life-changing experience.

Even though Ireland is relatively small, there’s so much to see and do.

If you’re planning a trip and trying to prioritise, look no further than this list of stunning spots in Ireland, from the historic to the sublimely beautiful, that offer profound experiences.

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Newgrange

The ancient temple is older than the pyramids and the 550 largest stones used in its construction had to be brought to the site from all around Ireland. It attracts more than 200,000 tourists a year and if you’re one of the lucky few who wins tickets to be there for the Winter Solstice, it can definitely be a life-changing experience

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Kerry

Rich in beautiful scenery and history, it’s home to the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrantuohill, and climbing it is said to be an exhilarating experience. Not only…

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COBH. Where 2.5 million Irish left for America. The Titanic’s last port of call.

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Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950.

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For most Irish Americans, there is a good chance that their ancestors left Ireland through Cobh (pronounced Cove) on the south coast of Ireland. Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950.

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The Titanic’s last port of call was Cobh. On April 11, 1912, the pride of the White Star line dropped anchor for the last time near Roche’s Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour. Less than two hours later she had retrieved her anchor and was sailing westward again having picked up 123 passengers who were brought to the ship from Cobh by the tenders Ireland and America. Seven lucky passengers disembarked at Cobh including Jesuit priest Father Francis Browne

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New and Exclusive Donegal Workhouse Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Leading Family History website, Findmypast, has today added over 400,000 Donegal records to their growing collection of Irish Workhouse records.

Digitized and published online for the first time in partnership with the Donegal County Council, Donegal Workhouses Registers and Minute Books consists of both transcripts and images of original admission and discharge registers as well as board of guardians’ minute books spanning the years 1840 to 1922.

The collection covers the unions of Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glentis, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar. As well as registers and minute books, users can also expect to find accounts, death registers, letters, relief registers, supplier contracts, and more.

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Aer Lingus celebrates its newest direct route to the US this week

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Aer Lingus has launched its Dublin to Minneapolis – St. Paul nonstop route

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The inaugural Dublin to Minneapolis – St. Paul direct flight was welcomed with a water cannon salute (Aer Lingus)

Initially, the new Minneapolis-St. Paul to Dublin service will operate only six times a week, but by August, it will increase to daily, year-round service with up to 2,478 roundtrip seats available each week.

While bringing residents of the American midwest closer to Ireland, the new service also provides a connection for those wishing to travel further abroad in Europe via Dubin with further destinations including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and more.

Noting the convenience of Dublin Airport’s US Immigration pre-clearance facility, Aer Lingus noted that Monday’s inaugural flight to MSP saw 45 percent of its passengers begin their trip in the UK and Europe. On the return flight, 30 percent of guests were continuing…

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Facts about the Irish in America for the 4th of July

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The Irish have had a large role in the history of the United States

Ireland and America have close ties, no doubt about it! Check out these interesting facts about the Irish in America ahead of the 4th of July.

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A depiction of Christopher Columbus landing on Watling Island

There were several Irishmen in Christopher Columbus’ crew. But the one who stands out most is Patrick Maguire. In 1492, Irish-born Maguire was the first crew member of Christopher Columbus’ to set foot on North American ground.

At least 15 U.S. presidents have confirmed Irish ancestry

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U.S. President Andrew Jackson

It’s thought that over 40 percent of all American presidents have some Irish ancestry, but at least 15 of them have confirmed their Irish heritage. The most Irish presidents are Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan, both of whose parents were born in Ireland.

The first American general to die in battle…

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