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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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