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Check out Castle Coole, on the outskirts of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. The family home of the Earls of Belmore it is now managed by the National Trust. It was designed by James Wyatt, took ten years to build and was completed in 1798. Visitors can view the magnificent State rooms with their glorious regency furnishing and walk through some of the 700 acre state.
The castle was restored in the 1980s and re-opened to the public in 1988 by the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. For more details see:
Christchurch cathedral is a must-see – its late 12th century crypt is the oldest standing building in Dublin. Once you've seen its fabulous interior, nip across the road to Back Lane and Mother Redcaps' indoor market. It is full of wonderful bargains!
Cork City or ‘Corcaigh Mar Atá' in the Irish (alternative spelling – Corcach Mór na Mumhan – ‘the great marsh of Munster') is Southern Ireland's second largest city, situated in the island's largest county in South West Ireland. County Cork is known as the ‘Rebel County' and not just for its past links with the Republican cause. It was actually so-named by the English crown in 1499 as a derogatory label but was embraced by the people of Cork with pride.
Dublin is a city to experience on foot. Pack your most comfortable walking boots and walk Dame Street, Grafton Street, round Trinity College and more. Stop off in a bar when you get tired and sample the Guinness. A city full of wonderful architecture, music, culture and art, you'll experience so much more walking than driving.
St. Finbarr is the patron saint of Cork despite the fact that modern scholars link him not with Cork but with the northern province of Ulster and suggest that he never even set foot in the city! Nevertheless, he is embraced wholeheartedly by Corkonians as a symbol of unity between city and county as well as being claimed by both Catholic and Protestant denominations as their own.