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The Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East: Athlone and Mullingar

Image: The Times Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Athlone and its hinterland adjacent to the River Shannon and Lough Ree are part of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, the newest experience brand from Fáilte Ireland. Visitors to Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands are promised a slow-paced experience, immersed in the natural environment and culture of the region. Activities such as walking, […]

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10 best beaches in Ireland

Ireland’s coastline is a rich, 6200 km-long necklace of glorious spots where the land meets the sea. From quiet coves known only to a few to great stretches of golden sand that are a destination in their own right, Ireland’s coastline is a beachgoers paradise. The best invariably are on the wild western coastlines, where the […]

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The Haunted History of Loftus Hall

The history of Loftus Hall, a large mansion house located along the Hook Peninsula, goes back through the centuries. The original Hall was built in 1350 by the Redmond family during the time of the Black Death. It was known as Redmond Hall until the 1650’s when it was given to English Planters – the […]

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Take a visit to Trim Castle on Ireland’s Ancient East

Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period in the twelfth century by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter, the Anglo- Norman rulers of Meath. The fortress includes a three storey keep and extensive external walls which extend into the centre of the historic town of Trim. The […]

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The Long Woman’s Grave – Ireland’s Ancient East

So the story goes, the Long Woman’s Grave, also known as the “The Cairn of Cauthleen”, is the grave of a Spanish noble woman who was tricked into marrying an Irishman from Omeath in County Louth. Lorcan O Hanlon was the youngest son of the “Cean” or Chieftain of Omeath. His father, upon his deathbed, […]

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New Ireland’s Ancient East Signs Unveiled

Fáilte Ireland has unveiled newly updated Historic Town trail signs in the Ireland’s Ancient East region, helping to bring to life the history and stories of towns in Waterford and Wexford. The new signs are located in Ardmore and Lismore in Waterford, and New Ross and Enniscorthy in Wexford. These are the latest towns to […]

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7 Places to Eat Along Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East has a plethora of gastronomic experiences in towns dotted along its beautiful coastline and further inland. Not only that, this part of Ireland mixes food with the best of heritage and culture. From innovative to traditional dishes, food stalls and budget to high-end restaurants, there are plenty of places to stop and fill up […]

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