3 Places in Ireland to Visit This Weekend
August 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Ireland is such a beautiful country and so serene, the green green grass is so idyllic and the beaches surrounding the country have some beautiful scenery.

Let’s be honest, Ireland is more photogenic than the average person, no matter what you’re sure to get a good shot.

So, why not get out there this weekend and discover some of Ireland’s best features and sites. Here are 3 places in Ireland to visit this weekend.

1. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham gaol

Price: €9 per adult

Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in KilmainhamDublin. This is one for all you history buffs and for all those interested in Ireland’s history. This prison was first built in 1796 and closed its doors officially in 1924.

There were many hangings at Kilmainham; first they took place outside the front door, but towards the 1800’s they became more private and had a cell especially for these hangings.

There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell, with only a single candle for light and heat. Most of their time was spent in the cold and the dark, and each candle had to last for two weeks. Its cells were roughly 28 square metres in area.

It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.

If you want to learn more about this historic site and what it meant for the Irish, I recommend taking a trip to visit this old Kilmainham Goal.

2. Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

This is what I was talking about, somewhere you can get amazing shots of what Ireland truly has to offer.

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare.  The mountains rise to 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, 8KMs to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs that was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien.

From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway.

You can also see 300-million-year-old river channels cutting through, forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs.

Wildlife is a plenty at the Cliffs as there are an estimated 30,000 birds living on them, representing more than 20 species. These include Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island, and razorbills.

The cliffs rank amongst the most visited tourist places in Ireland and receive approximately one million visitors a year, no wonder, they’re an amazing site to behold and you can do a lovely walk along them.

3. Killarney National Park & Lakes & Boat Tour

killarney-national-park

Something for the whole family to enjoy to end off a brilliant weekend.  This is near the town of Killarney, near Kerry.

This was the first national park in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarneyoak and yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of red deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland.

The waters you can find in the park include, The Lakes of Killarney and the MangertonTorcShehy (that is a mouthful) and you can also find the Purple Mountains in the park.

You can actually experience Killarney National Park from a whole new angle on a boat ride, which is now being offered, around Lough Léin, the largest of Killarney’s three scenic lakes. You’ll see Ross Castle and wildlife like white tailed eagles and red deer herd. The Captain will also give you all the historical information you desire and include some exciting stories as you go along.

Tahlia Peppard
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3 Places in Ireland to Visit This Weekend
August 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Ireland is such a beautiful country and so serene, the green green grass is so idyllic and the beaches surrounding the country have some beautiful scenery.

Let’s be honest, Ireland is more photogenic than the average person, no matter what you’re sure to get a good shot.

So, why not get out there this weekend and discover some of Ireland’s best features and sites. Here are 3 places in Ireland to visit this weekend.

1. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham gaol

Price: €9 per adult

Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison in KilmainhamDublin. This is one for all you history buffs and for all those interested in Ireland’s history. This prison was first built in 1796 and closed its doors officially in 1924.

There were many hangings at Kilmainham; first they took place outside the front door, but towards the 1800’s they became more private and had a cell especially for these hangings.

There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell, with only a single candle for light and heat. Most of their time was spent in the cold and the dark, and each candle had to last for two weeks. Its cells were roughly 28 square metres in area.

It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.

If you want to learn more about this historic site and what it meant for the Irish, I recommend taking a trip to visit this old Kilmainham Goal.

2. Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

This is what I was talking about, somewhere you can get amazing shots of what Ireland truly has to offer.

The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare.  The mountains rise to 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, 8KMs to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs that was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien.

From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway.

You can also see 300-million-year-old river channels cutting through, forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs.

Wildlife is a plenty at the Cliffs as there are an estimated 30,000 birds living on them, representing more than 20 species. These include Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island, and razorbills.

The cliffs rank amongst the most visited tourist places in Ireland and receive approximately one million visitors a year, no wonder, they’re an amazing site to behold and you can do a lovely walk along them.

3. Killarney National Park & Lakes & Boat Tour

killarney-national-park

Something for the whole family to enjoy to end off a brilliant weekend.  This is near the town of Killarney, near Kerry.

This was the first national park in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarneyoak and yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of red deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland.

The waters you can find in the park include, The Lakes of Killarney and the MangertonTorcShehy (that is a mouthful) and you can also find the Purple Mountains in the park.

You can actually experience Killarney National Park from a whole new angle on a boat ride, which is now being offered, around Lough Léin, the largest of Killarney’s three scenic lakes. You’ll see Ross Castle and wildlife like white tailed eagles and red deer herd. The Captain will also give you all the historical information you desire and include some exciting stories as you go along.

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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