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Near the Rock of Cashel, the Brú Ború Cultural Centre teaches and informs about Irish music, song, dance and theater. The tradition of Irish music and performance has been taken all over the world by the Brú Ború center, including China, Japan and Australia. The center has an exhibit at the moment called “Sounds of History,” which explores the history and importance of Irish performing arts.
Dunbrody Emigrant Ship:
See where the journey to leave Ireland began for nearly one third of the country’s population in the 19th century. In Co. Wexford, off the River Barrow, a replica of the Dunbrody ship is available for tours. Visitors can see what it was like for their ancestors centuries ago. The majestic tall ship still has original emigrant rosters and memorials, as well as documents containing the ship’s history.
The most famous tourist spot in Ireland, the Blarney Castle is a short trip from Cork City. Though best known for the stone, Blarney Castle is a historic site with lots of information about pre-Christian times and battling clans in Ireland. Those who venture to the top of the castle can lean (backwards) over the edge and kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab, while others may just want to watch.
Cliffs of Moher
Recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, The Cliffs of Moher are a stunning tourist destination on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. The cliffs range in height from 120 meters (394 feet) above the Atlantic, to 214 meters (702 feet). Tours of the cliffs include views from the edge and boat tours beside them. A lot of wildlife habitat near the cliffs which make for fun field spotting games.
Craggaunowen, the Living Past:
This archeological open-air museum settled in Co. Clare, tells the story of Ireland’s most famous clan, the Celts. The historic site features many ancient dwellings and built structures dating back to the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. There is also a replica of the boat believed to be used by Ireland’s king Brendan, who discovered the Emerald Isle. Ring forts and castles are also on the Craggauowen grounds, which show the history and fortitude of the ancient Irish.
West Ireland (Galway-Killary-Sligo):
There are beautiful panoramic views to be seen from Killary Harbour. Ireland’s own fjord, Killary Harbor features catamaran tours and cruises, which are still a smooth ride, even in rainy Irish weather. The fjord winds its way between Galway and Mayo and is a scenic yet relaxing tour of some of Ireland’s natural wonders.