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Clarence House hotel in Dublin

Three Irish tourist attractions featured on the Lonely Planet’s ‘1,000 Ultimate Sights’

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Clarence House hotel in Dublin

It's a shortlist that's causing controversy in Ireland for being - well,  too short, and also for being wrong.

This week Clarence House hotel in Dublin, Skellig Michael in Kerry and the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim have all made it into the list of 1,000 Ultimate Sights in the world from the Lonely Planet guide.

Trouble is, some are scoffing at the Clarence House pick. Owned by Irish rock royalty Bono and the Edge of U2, it's a decent enough hotel venue in central Dublin but it strains credulity a bit to call it (as the Lonely Planet guide does) one of the 'best music pilgrimage sights' in the world.

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Most would just have called it an upscale hotel belonging to two major rockstars. It's certainly not on a par with the mighty beauties of Skellig Michael in Kerry and the Giant’s Causeway up north, that's certain. So could there have been another possibly more cynical reason it made the final cut?

At least Skellig Michael made it into the list as 'one of the most marvellous monasteries and convents,' whilst the rock formations of the Giants Causeway has earned it a place in the top 10 'most unusual beaches.'

But if you stop by the Clarence House looking for a mighty vision you may well leave without - as the song says - having found what you're looking for.

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