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Lismore has been declared a National Heritage Town because of its outstanding cultural heritage. Lismore Castle, perhaps the most impressive castle in all Ireland, dominates the town. The ancient Cathedral, Heritage show, lovely river walks and the nearby Towers at Ballysaggartmore are part of the town's attraction.

The castle itself is still occupied by the Duke of Devonshire so the castle itself is not open to visitors - unless you're the likes of Bing Crosby and Brad Pitt, both of whom stayed here. However, the lovely Castle gardens and grounds are open to the rest of us.

The town of Cahir is the home of two remarkable buildings that are part of the National Park system. The first is the Swiss Cottage, a style of building that was all the rage around the time of Marie Antoinette. Queen Marie, before she lost her head to the guillotine, loved to play at being a peasant, and the richest families in Europe followed suit. The Swiss Cottage is the best remaining example of these ornate "Peasant" palaces, an incredible example of the simple pleasures millions can buy.
Also in Cahir is one of the finest medieval castles to be found in Ireland. Freely explore its winding passages, hidden servants alcoves, and high battlements. A great experience! There is an exceedingly pleasant path along the river that winds between the Swiss Cottage and the Castle.

The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the Kings of Munster for more than a thousand years, and the ecclesiastical center of southern Ireland for nearly as long. The Rock is a stupendous place. The whole is eye filling and a quite splendid climax to St. Declan's Path.

Transportation to night time entertainment is included. After you have a chance to freshen up at your accommodations, transportation to an Irish music pub or other evening venue is included.

 

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