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Where did a past trip to Ireland take you? Did counties Cork, Kerry and Clare cast their spell on you? Did you take a poetry break beside Yeats's grave, discover hidden Clencolumbkille and immerse yourself in Irish in Sligo town? Where you swept away by the scenic splendor in Galway and Mayo? Or did you pass the time taking in the art, culture, Georgian architecture and the perfect pint of Guinness in Dublin?

Share your top photos and experiences of where Ireland took you for a chance to see your photo in the next edition of Fodor's Ireland, a full-color guide.

One grand prize winner will have his/her photograph featured in Fodor's Ireland and will receive a suite of Fodor's latest full-color guides. Ten runners up will win two Fodor's guides of their choice. In addition, if any photographs are selected to be included in a Fodor's guide, those entrants will also receive a complimentary copy of the guide in which their photo appears.

Enter today and tell friends and family who you know have traveled to Ireland to enter as well. The "Show Us Your Ireland" contest closes September 21, 2009.

Photo by carolel

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The breathtaking Slea Head Drive

The breathtaking Slea Head Drive

A spectacular drive with photo opportunities around every turn. A day filled with sunshine and greens of every shade greeted our eyes. The leisurely and magnificent drive was a highlight of our trip.

Photo: carolel

Photo by carolel

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Ireland's famous sheep and stones

Ireland's famous sheep and stones

The start of the Slea Head drive brought us to this spot where we visited with a small herd of sheep, and followed the stone walls on an incline that led down to the sea.

Photo: carolel

Photo by carolel

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Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is a magificent castle built in 1868. The grounds have woodlands, water, and animals. The castle is surrounded by a Victorian walled garden. We loved strolling the grounds and feeling like we went back in time.

Photo: carolel

Photo by carolel

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Street musicians in Galway

Street musicians in Galway

Walk along Quay Street which becomes High then Shop and lastly William and you'll find musicians, street performers, many stores, pubs, restaurants and no traffic. There was a feeling of pulsating excitement.

Photo: carolel

Photo by carolel

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The Rock of Cashel magically appears

The Rock of Cashel magically appears

The first stop on day two around the Ring of Kerry was the amazing Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Our tour guide was terrific and we loved seeing the medieval architecture and learning about the kings of Munster.

Photo: carolel

Photo by bjohn435

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Corrib River

Corrib River

This afternoon the Corrib was raging as a result of all the late summer rain.

Photo: bjohn435

Photo by bjohn435

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Tea Shop

Tea Shop

The thatched roof, the flower baskets, and the bicycle typified Ireland

Photo: bjohn435

Photo by Cathy Dunn

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Sea near the Rope Bridge

Sea near the Rope Bridge

We visited the famous rope bridge in Antrim, and this shot of the sea stands out as my favorite from our trip. The colors of the water and green of the hills take my breath away.

Photo: Cathy Dunn

Photo by Sherry Hoffman

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Small town charm

Small town charm

This was a beautiful town just south of Thomastown on the Nore River. We had hot chocolate in one of their cozy cafes in the center of town then walked across the street to the river.

Photo: Sherry Hoffman

Photo by Sherry Hoffman

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Holiday shopping

Holiday shopping

There was a slight Irish mist in the air, but it didn't dampen the holiday spirit of the shoppers in Cork!

Photo: Sherry Hoffman

Photo by Cathy Dunn

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Gorse

Gorse

These beautiful yellow flowers, known as "gorse" or "whin" grow everywhere in the countryside in Northern Ireland. This photo was taken on the grounds of Newgrange.

Photo: Cathy Dunn

Photo by Christopher Byczko

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O'Brian's Tower

O'Brian's Tower

We were here early enough to be able to take this perfect photo with no one else in it but my wife in the door way.

Photo: Christopher Byczko

Photo by Christopher Byczko

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Gateway to the West

Gateway to the West

I saw this view and just wanted to drive right through the gate to the ocean. The Aran Islands are accentuated by the sun in the background.

Photo: Christopher Byczko

Photo by Christopher Byczko

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Cemetary of Rock of Cashel

Cemetary of Rock of Cashel

We came over to the other side of the castle and found this amazing view amidst the strong wind.

Photo: Christopher Byczko

Photo by RLYLECA

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Our friends

Our friends

Our beautiful Ring of Kerry tour showed us these Irish lads with their pony and dog selling wares. Killarney, the Dingle pennisula, County Kerry and Cork enchanted us. We traced two generations back to the family farm where we were invited by the now owners for tea and, at our request, to watch the milking of forty cows. Local ownership has stayed in the same families—only the trees have grown taller and fuller. Ireland is a country of smiling happy people working and drinking their Guinness.

Photo: RLYLECA

Photo by seccus

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Natures beauty

Natures beauty

The mighty cliffs of Moher taken from the Hags Head peninsula truly show the breath taking beauty of Ireland.

Photo: seccus

Photo by emv657

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Irish breakfast every day!

Irish breakfast every day!

My mom took me to Ireland for my college graduation present. We rented a car and spent every day bombing around the Irish countryside. She was a great sport and did absolutely everything with me, but just couldn't handle the traditional breakfasts. I on the other hand, loved them and polished off one of these spectacular meals every day while mom opted for the French toast. Here's proof that you can get everything you want in Ireland!

Photo: emv657

Photo by Greysquirrel

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A mid Summer Atlantic Drive.

A mid Summer Atlantic Drive.

On a sunny day the rock faces of these 100 foot high cliffs appear somewhere between slate grey and chalk white. The sound track to a visit on such a Summer’s day is of Skylarks and Sheep. 27th June 2009.

Photo: Greysquirrel

Photo by Jupe

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Slea Head Drive

Slea Head Drive

The beach, the fields and the sea.

Photo: Jupe

Photo by Paul_Sauers

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Stone Walls Everywhere

Stone Walls Everywhere

Late May 2006: We took the ferry over to the Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. We toured the entire island on bicycles. Stone walls were everywhere. The stark beauty of the island was stunning. One can imagine how hard the inhabitants work.

Photo: Paul_Sauers

Photo by Jupe

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An old farmhouse in ruins

An old farmhouse in ruins

Driving along the Dingle Peninsula, I came across what was left of this stone cottage.

Photo: Jupe

Photo by Paul_Sauers

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No better way to see Ireland

No better way to see Ireland

Getting ready to ride our bikes in western Ireland. Our take off point that day was a village called Doilin. Riding 20-40 miles a day was the best way to see Ireland - stopping often to snap a picture at one beautiful scene after another.

Photo: Paul_Sauers

Photo by Paul_Sauers

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Welcome to Fanore

Welcome to Fanore

May 25, 2006: The scenic Atlantic coast came out of no where. On our first day of a 5 day bike tour, we came to this spot and just had to take a picture. The tour operator, Cycle Holidays Ireland, took our picture at the welcome to Fanore sign and uses it on the web site. We stopped at the town and had our first Guiness' in Ireland. Will never forget the beauty of it all.

Photo: Paul_Sauers

Photo by gjmagna

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Sugar Loaf Mountain, from Powerscourt. County Wicklow, Ireland

Sugar Loaf Mountain, from Powerscourt. County Wicklow, Ireland

Beautiful gardens surrounded by majestic mountains! We took in the sites while dining at the outdoor cafe.

Photo: gjmagna

Photo by Christy Marron

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The Ballina road into Co. Sligo

The Ballina road into Co. Sligo

We came across this Irish roadblock when traveling from Ballina (Co. Mayo) to Tubbercurry (Co. Sligo).

Photo: Christy Marron

Photo by kcapuani

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Feeling Small

Feeling Small

For years I have dreamed about visiting the Giant's Causeway. The images I had seen made it look so magical. This past June, my husband and I were able to see for ourselves how the myth of Finn MacCool arose. We hopped around like little kids on the giant stones. As my husband gazed up at the Organ on our way back to the top, I had an even greater sense of how amazing the rock formations really are.

Photo: kcapuani

Photo by mellifluous

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Home-made solution

Home-made solution

The south-west coast, in Ireland, is well know for it's majestic crashing waves and strong winds. I admired the straight forward, no nonsense solution to having your shed blow away too many times. Simply tie it down with some of the plentiful large stones found so readily. Brilliant.

Photo: mellifluous

Photo by Jupe

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Ireland

Ireland

I was driving the Dingle Peninsula when I crested a hill and saw this view. Blue sea, rock walls with sheep in the distance, narrow road and green grass. Not a strip mall in sight!

Photo: Jupe

Photo by Anna Harrington

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Megalithic tomb

Megalithic tomb

The quiet expanse of the Burren is like the rest of the Irish countryside in that it exudes a mystical and poetic aura. Yet the Burren is unique in that it's lunar landscape offers an eeriness that leaves you contemplating the mystery beneath. This shot attempts to capture that mystery- inside the megalithic tomb, upon the rocky surface of the land and in the ambiguous sky.

Photo: Anna Harrington

Photo by travelbugmb

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St. Kevin's

St. Kevin's

Last summer we were in Ireland and stopped at St Kevin's. While listening to a local guide I turned around and looked behind me and this is what I saw...The beautiful Celtic cross set against the many shades of green that defines the very essence of Ireland

Photo: travelbugmb

Photo by Taylor Arion

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Gone fishin'

Gone fishin'

At another random stop on our driving trip, we couldn't help but smile at the lone fishermen and the beauty and tranquility they were engaged in and surrounded by. I also wish I knew how to get down there because it's a definitely a place I would love to be!!

Photo: Taylor Arion

Photo by Cindy Smith

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There's no place like home

There's no place like home

This was taken from Charles Fort and I couldn't help but admire the simple beauty of the homes that line the coast and wonder what charming, heartwarming stories their residents could tell.

Photo: Cindy Smith

Photo by sanleahcam

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Colorful thatched roof cottage

Colorful thatched roof cottage

Our visit to a historic village, connected to Bunratty Castle, gave us a glimpse of 19th century life in Ireland.

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Photo by sanleahcam

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When in Ireland, do as the Irish do...

When in Ireland, do as the Irish do...

My husband Robert, rosy-cheeked with obvious Celtic heritage, checks out the frothing Murphy's Stout in a local pub.

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Photo by lion eltink

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cliffs

cliffs

cliffs of moher

Photo: lion eltink

Photo by ekwest

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Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

This was the view from Slea Head when we looked back toward the island. Just a few houses above a cliff.

Photo: ekwest

Photo by Carol Barno

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working sheep farm

working sheep farm

In 2004 my cousins and I took a trip of a lifetime. I had always wanted to see a real working farm in Ireland. I stumbled upon someone elses pictures on the internet and they mentioned watching the dogs working the sheep. With only a picture I found the B&B, e-mailed them and sure enough we were able to see the dogs working the sheep. My cousins thought I was nuts wanting to watch the dogs. It ended up being a highlight of the trip for all of us.

Photo: Carol Barno

Photo by Ted the Bodhranist

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Typical Ireland magic

Typical Ireland magic

I was sat in a B&B nearby, and sudenly noticed this amazing evening light. I grabbed my camera, rushed out and caught this wonderful sight of this working windmill.

Photo: Ted the Bodhranist

Photo by RichNJCA

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They don’t build things like they used to!

They don’t build things like they used to!

It is incredibly hard to believe that this small church, built of dry stone only with no mortar used, dates back to the 7th or 8th century. To stand the test of time for over 1600 years in pristine condition is a testament to the Ancients’ skills and abilities. The planning and technology of the day was certainly on par with our modern age capabilities. Truly an inspirational view into the region’s history.

Photo: RichNJCA

Photo by Anthony B

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View from from Kylemore Abbey

View from from Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is an amazing site in itself, but the views from it, out to the connemara mountains are truly magical. We had driven through heavy showers to reach the West Coast, the sun started to break through giving a real sense of being out there.

Photo: Anthony B

Photo by Christine Rayner

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Staigue Fort (Cathair na Steige)

Staigue Fort (Cathair na Steige)

While driving the ring of Kerry, we came across many of these round stone forts, now garrisoned with a company of sheep.

Photo: Christine Rayner

Photo by Donald_Bloodworth

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Stone Wall

Stone Wall

This photo was taken while on a walk around the grounds of the Carton Hotel in Maynooth.

Photo: Donald_Bloodworth

Photo by Dave Ashcroft

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Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

One evening, after the visitor centre had closed, we walked down to the shore-there was no one else there-just the waves and the rocks-magical!

Photo: Dave Ashcroft

Photo by Mikki Laughlin

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Cross at the Hill of Tara, a beautiful reminder of the spiritual capital of Ireland.

Cross at the Hill of Tara, a beautiful reminder of the spiritual capital of Ireland.

The Hill of Tara was known as the spiritual capital of Ireland. This centuries old cross still looks over the rolling hills of Ireland.

Photo: Mikki Laughlin

Photo by maureencol

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Gravestone in Cooley Cemetary

Gravestone in Cooley Cemetary

An old gravestone in the cemetary next to the Cooley Cross outside of Moville, County Donegal.

Photo: maureencol

Photo by Ken Kibler

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Shopping in Dingle

Shopping in Dingle

While wandering the streets of Dingle Town, we spotted this souvenir shop featuring 3-D reliefs of "Fungie" on the outside wall. Fungie is a friendly dolphin that has lived in the harbor for many years and is a town treasure!

Photo: Ken Kibler

Photo by Sean Walsh

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Killary Harbour Fishing Boat

Killary Harbour Fishing Boat

After driving through Leenane at the point of Killary harbour, we came across this boat in a little cove.

Photo: Sean Walsh

Photo by Michelle Nadal

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Beautiful coastline of Dingle peninsula with Kerry in the distance

Beautiful coastline of Dingle peninsula with Kerry in the distance

Driving on the way to the tip of the Dingle peninsula, we stopped to admire the cows grazing at at the edge of the cliffs, Dingle Bay, and Kerry in the distance.

Photo: Michelle Nadal

Photo by lelliott7430

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"Heavenly Clouds"

My husband,myself and our two friends were driving around the Dingle Peninsula when we came across this beautiful view.The green rolling hills,the turqoise water and this incredible cloud formation.A slice of Heaven!

Photo: lelliott7430

Photo by Sarah Revitte

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Childhood Home

Childhood Home

Many people go to Ireland to find their family history. It's even more fun to hear the local's own history. My best friend and I traveled to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. We had a local show us around the island and he showed us his childhood home that is still in the family and waiting to be fixed up to be lived in again. He and his 7 siblings all grew up here.

Photo: Sarah Revitte

Photo by Sarah Revitte

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We're in Ireland?

We're in Ireland?

My best friend and I had the luck of the Irish when we visited Ireland. We had gorgeous weather and happened to find an actual beach on our adventure. Traveling by car in Ireland is great because you find things you would have never expected. And there's a great pub up the road from this beach that has homemade brown bread from one of the woman on the island. Best in Ireland!

Photo: Sarah Revitte

Photo by Peter Burzynski

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Waterville on the Ring of Kerry road

Waterville on the Ring of Kerry road

The picturesque town of Waterville (population 538) lies along the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, which is also known as the famous Ring of Kerry, in southwestern Ireland. A glacially-carved low mountain (Cahernageeha) is in the background.

Photo: Peter Burzynski

Photo by Scribbles_mdb

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Fairytale House

Fairytale House

Driving through the Connemara country side, with my high school band. One of my best Spring Breaks ever, traveling all over Ireland playing music. This day we actually got lost, so it was an interesting site, to see our first thatched house. There should be a fairy or two if you look hard enough.

Photo: Scribbles_mdb

Photo by Peter Burzynski

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Landscape near Knowth, Co. Meath

Landscape near Knowth, Co. Meath

While standing on a centuries-old megalithic tomb at Knowth, in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland, the distant clouds formed a majestic backdrop to the green-hued countryside. It is thought that the tombs and ancient carvings on this site pre-date England's famed Stonehenge.

Photo: Peter Burzynski

Photo by Peter Burzynski

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Beach near Slea Head

Beach near Slea Head

Near the most western end of the Dingle Peninsula in extreme southwestern Ireland are cliffs and beaches whose beauty defy description. As you drive on coastal roads, the wind, sea and sky are constantly changing, providing a kaleidoscope of colors and scenic vistas.

Photo: Peter Burzynski

Photo by Peter Burzynski

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Celtic Cross at Glendalough

Celtic Cross at Glendalough

A Celtic cross in a graveyard stands below a drumline capped by trees near the monastic settlement of Glendalough. St. Kevin founded a monastery here in 498 A.D., and the site still contains ruins of ancient church buildings and a beautiful round tower.

Photo: Peter Burzynski

Photo by Paige Nicholl

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Connemara ponies

Connemara ponies

The Connemara ponies - white mares with brown foals - seemed as wild and rugged as the country they're born to.

Photo: Paige Nicholl

Photo by Paige Nicholl

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Gentleman with cane

Gentleman with cane

We encountered this man just as we ventured onto the Sky Road in Clifden. It seemed like a timeless image - and looks even better in sepia.

Photo: Paige Nicholl

Photo by havroncc

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White Waves Crashing on the Green Irish Shores

White Waves Crashing on the Green Irish Shores

This image was taken from my first trip to my paternal ancestors’ homeland. It has been my dream to visit Ireland since I was a little girl – fulfilling this wish last fall was an indescribable experience. I thought this image showing the emerald shores being graced with the white waves of the sea perfectly captured the rich island nature of Ireland. It makes me proud to come from such a stunning country. Erin Go Bragh.

Photo: havroncc

Photo by JacopoPeluzzi

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Staigue Fort

Staigue Fort

This is one of the largest and finest stone forts in Ireland.

Photo: JacopoPeluzzi

Photo by JacopoPeluzzi

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Squirrel

Squirrel

A beautiful squirrel to the Botanic Gardens.

Photo: JacopoPeluzzi

Photo by JacopoPeluzzi

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Puffin

Puffin

Skellig Michael, a desolate island off the coast of Ireland, is the place to get up close and personal to Puffins and many other seabirds.

Photo: JacopoPeluzzi

Photo by CHET DOLATOSKI

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JOE WIDGERS BUTCHER SHOP

JOE WIDGERS BUTCHER SHOP

The good life in Waterford & all of Ireland seems to always center around food. I can almost taste the "Irish Stew".

Photo: CHET DOLATOSKI

Photo by sharonaviva

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Fresh off the plane, the Guinness Factory is our first stop at 10am!

Fresh off the plane, the Guinness Factory is our first stop at 10am!

Arriving in Dublin around 8am, we made our way to a city bus tour and got off at the Guinness Factory. The views from the top were a great place to start our vacation... and of course a glass of COLD Guinness.

Photo: sharonaviva

Photo by sharonaviva

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Yes, that's a sheep!

Yes, that's a sheep!

I was surrounded by sheep! It was amazing!

Photo: sharonaviva

Photo by wchopin

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The perfect day

The perfect day

It was a wonderful day in Ireland and my son loves forts and history. I love the texture of the stone and the contrast of his yellow jacket with the green grass.

Photo: wchopin

Photo by shutter

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Oldest University in Ireland

Oldest University in Ireland

Trinity College is the oldest and most charming university in Ireland. A place not to be missed!

Photo: shutter

Photo by shutter

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Mediæval cathedral

Mediæval cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is one of the oldest and most recognized mediæval cathedrals in Dublin. It's definitely worth a visit as it's beautiful!

Photo: shutter

Photo by robw95

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The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World

Voted one of the best walks in the world, 'The Edge of the World' is located in BallyDavid on the Dingle Peninsula. This day was full of magic: Sun, crashing waves, and a gentle breeze.

Photo: robw95

Photo by robw95

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'Go Slow' You never know what is around the corner

'Go Slow' You never know what is around the corner

An Irish superhighway: Full of charm and demanding of attention. You never know what or who is around the corner. I see these roads in my dreams of Ireland.

Photo: robw95

Photo by robw95

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Above the village of Doolin

Above the village of Doolin

Ireland at a glance: A green field, a narrow lane, a castle, and the ocean.

Photo: robw95

Photo by SolstinoxTravel

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New and Old Dublin

New and Old Dublin

Here you can see the New Dublin mixing with the Old Dublin.

Photo: SolstinoxTravel

Photo by JoLynn Miller

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St Patricks Day View

St Patricks Day View

My aunt and I visited Blarney Castle on St. Patty's day 2009. We were mesmerized by the amazing views from the top of the castle. This was both of our first trips to Ireland and hopefully not the last!!

Photo: JoLynn Miller

Photo by SolstinoxTravel

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Waterford Train Station

Waterford Train Station

Irish trains may not be as fast or luxurious as mainland Europe but their stations are very clean and relaxing.

Photo: SolstinoxTravel

Photo by link7373

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Magazine Fort

Magazine Fort

While geocaching in Phoenix Park, we happened upon this lost and forgotten old fort. My wife and I were visiting from Canada on a 6 month trip around the world, this became the highlight of our Dublin visit because of how secluded the area is.

Photo: link7373

Photo by Genevieve Celeste McCarthy

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Splash of Color in Kinsale

Splash of Color in Kinsale

We were walking down a quiet lane in the seaside hamlet of Kinsale when we cam upon this little cottage. Loved the vibrant, happy colors.

Photo: Genevieve Celeste McCarthy

Photo by Simon V. Potter

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Island off Loop Head

Island off Loop Head

The remains of an abbey or castle sit improbably atop this inaccessible island off the cliffs of west Clare. The pink and blue skies soften the sound of the wind and surf.

Photo: Simon V. Potter

Photo by kellyconlan

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Gazing

Gazing

Giant's Causeway is not to be missed. The Giant's Causeway is truly one of Nature's Wonders. These polygonal, column like structures, were formed millions of years ago when a volcanic rock flow experienced unusual, rapid, and erratic cooling.

Photo: kellyconlan

Photo by kellyconlan

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Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

Irish Eyes Are Smilin'

This shot is of my 3 kids and as you can see the really loved the hike to the rope bridge ...and yes my 10 month old made the journey across the bridge with the family. This is a site to not be missed if you are in the area!

Photo: kellyconlan

Photo by kellyconlan

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Dunluce Castle,

Dunluce Castle,

Located on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, not far from the Giants Causeway, are the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Dunluce Castle has been a site of historic battles, a movie (Jackie Chan's - The Medallion) and a tragic fable. Despite all this, the magnificent views alone are enough reason to make Dunluce a stop on your visit.

Photo: kellyconlan

Photo by Andrew Cooley

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Bantry House

Bantry House

An absolutely perfect afternoon in March looking across the bay from the upper gardens of Bantry House.

Photo: Andrew Cooley

Photo by momlyn

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Photo: momlyn

Photo by BMul81

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Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Words will not do justice to how beautiful the cliffs are.

Photo: BMul81

Photo by BMul81

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Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise in downtown Dublin

Photo: BMul81

Photo by crokano

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Old lady walking

Old lady walking

i'd like the picture to speak

Photo: crokano

Photo by kellylange

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My husband's mecca

My husband's mecca

Although when we reached the Guinness factory it was closing, my husband couldn't leave Dublin without a picture of him in front of it :)

Photo: kellylange

Photo by tepp

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On top of Trim Castle

On top of Trim Castle

An absolutely stunning view. Enough said.

Photo: tepp

Photo by AMakk1

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The River Shannon winding it's way around Ireland

The River Shannon winding it's way around Ireland

It was a typical rainy day in Ireland. While visiting the highest tower in the Bunratty castle, I looked out and saw this beautiful view. It felt so Irish to me...the river, the green, the hills in the distance, the soft rain falling on the land.

Photo: AMakk1

Photo by Greeblemonkey

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Dame Street in Dublin

Dame Street in Dublin

I took this photo on our first night in Dublin, our first night in Ireland. It perfectly captures the buzz we were feeling, having the city whirl around us.

Photo: Greeblemonkey

Photo by Kyliebaby3

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Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Another beautiful day in Ireland with the sun beating down upon the Cliffs of Moher.

Photo: Kyliebaby3

Photo by searchingforbalance

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My first hike

My first hike

While studying abroad for a semester in Galway, I joined the mountaineering club and the Burren was the first trek. I didn't realize just how beautiful Ireland's not green parts were until that day. On this hike I not only enjoyed the view of the Bay, treading carefully to avoid the crags and climbing limestone fences, but also the beginning of new friendships, the sharing of stories and an introduction into older Irish pop culture, like the low down on Father Ted...

Photo: searchingforbalance

Photo by lewmath

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Irish Countryside

Irish Countryside

This is a spot along the Ring of Kerry. A trip all travelers to Ireland should make. It is a somewhat hazy day, but still shows the beauty and vastness of the Irish countryside. The various pastures were separated by stone fences.

Photo: lewmath

Photo by lewmath

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Irish Countryside

Irish Countryside

We were on a bus tour into an area around Killarney. We stopped at an area above Lough Leane, where I took this picture. The Irish countryside is so beautiful!

Photo: lewmath

Photo by alda_serpa

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From inside Rock of Cashel

From inside Rock of Cashel

One of the doorways inside Rock of Cashel. View of exterior cemetery on grounds as well as rolling hills of countryside in background.

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Photo by alda_serpa

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Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel is the royal site of the Kings of Munster and where St. Patrick converted the Kings in the 1400's. The Round Tower was built using dry stone method (some mortar has been used in restoration). The tower is about 90 ft. tall and is well preserved. Most of the building's exterior walls still remain.

Photo: alda_serpa

Photo by Donald_Bloodworth

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Nectar of the Gods

Nectar of the Gods

This photo was taken inside the St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. This is the famous water source used to make Guinness, the "Black Stuff" as its called in Ireland.

Photo: Donald_Bloodworth

Photo by janeg99

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Great sign!

Great sign!

Saw this on post on fence around a farm. Excellent!

Photo: janeg99

Photo by janeg99

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Beautiful stone wall

Beautiful stone wall

While riding our bikes from Shannon to Doolin, we passed may of these types of beautiful stone walls.

Photo: janeg99

Photo by DrBruceChau

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Reflection of a beautiful daughter

Reflection of a beautiful daughter

After a wonderful welcome greeting and a beach stroll, I saw my daughter across the calm water on the other side of the rocky walkway. Being half Irish and bringing her to experience part of her heritage, it reminded me the popular irish tune " Galway Bay "

Photo: DrBruceChau

Photo by DrBruceChau

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A pint for me!

A pint for me!

One cannot come to Ireland without drinking ar least a pint of Guinness! The bar tenders make a Shamrock pattern with the foamy top as a finishing touch prior to serving the Guinness.

Photo: DrBruceChau

Photo by DrBruceChau

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Serenity with beauty

Serenity with beauty

The peacefulness of the Abbey ground. when I saw the red color on the row boats, I knew the additional bright would give this classic Abbey a contrast.

Photo: DrBruceChau

Photo by GAJayhawks

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Watch your step!

Watch your step!

This is an up close look at the strange eroded limestone formations at the Burren. It was fun to hop around the stone slabs.

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Photo by GAJayhawks

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Paddy the ham!

Paddy the ham!

It was our last day in Ireland, and our 16 year old son, Paddy, was running around the park posing like the different statues. Here he is, posing like Robert Emmet. We had had a good bit of cold rain during our visit and we were giddy with the beautiful weather!

Photo: GAJayhawks

Photo by DrBruceChau

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Drinking Consultant

Drinking Consultant

When I first arrived to Killarney, I just wanted to walk arounf to see this beautiful town. I came across this bar and the name is so appropriat. It's so Ireland!

Photo: DrBruceChau

Photo by mirsy

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Old Head

Old Head

My husband played a round of golf at Old Head and I followed along with the camera and captured this shot.

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Photo by mirsy

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Muckross House

Muckross House

We were staying in Kenmare and visited the Muckross House in pouring rain. We toured inside which was fascinating, but went back later when the sun came out to catch the full beauty of the house.

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Photo by mirsy

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Sunset on the Cliffs

Sunset on the Cliffs

We had been to the Cliffs in the daytime and went back to catch the golden light. It was a magical time.

Photo: mirsy

Photo by Doug Eaton

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Peaceful and Wild

Peaceful and Wild

On a September morning bike ride across the island of Inishmore we stopped at this cemetery. Being the only ones there it was very peaceful. And then the rains came. Horizontal with wind. It was wild. We cycled back to our lovely B&B in Kilmurvey and got out of our wet clothes and into dry. Treasa, the proprietor, had hot tea and muffins for us in the kitchen. A perfect morning.

Photo: Doug Eaton

Photo by jekh1935

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Tallest Round Tower in Ireland

Tallest Round Tower in Ireland

A fascinating four days in the west of Ireland going back into the past. Besides the vast neolithic fields in County Mayo, we visited as many of these round towers as we could. There is still much to be discovered about their origins. We will be back.

Photo: jekh1935

Photo by Janice Clark

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Sheep and Skellig Rocks

Sheep and Skellig Rocks

We chose to take the ferry to Valentia Island as part of our Ring of Kerry tour. With the sheep in the forefront and the Skellig Rocks in the ocean behind, this picture is one of my favorites.

Photo: Janice Clark

Photo by mkinct

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What a view !

What a view !

This view is from a "window" in the Dun Luce Castle, County Antrim. Could you imagine waking up to this view every day?

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Photo by mkinct

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Finally, sun!

Finally, sun!

After several rainy days, we stopped to see the Uragh stone circle. Just as we reached the circle, the sky cleared and the sun came out. it was a beautiful sight! Our previous visit, we used the largest of the stones as shelter from pelting rain!

Photo: mkinct

Photo by Lynn Baden

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Monastery Ruins

Monastery Ruins

In a place as majestic as the Burren, we stumbled upon these even more amazing monastery ruins and graveyard. With no one else there, we spent the better part of an afternoon just walking around in the silence and peace.

Photo: Lynn Baden

Photo by Cindi Johnson

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Ireland or Carribean?

Ireland or Carribean?

Heard this was voted most beautiful beach in W. Europe and it lived up to it's name. The water was cold but we had a great day touring the island on foot and by wagon and playing on the beach. Ireland's full of surprises!

Photo: Cindi Johnson

Photo by MaryEllenFerguson

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Celtic Glory

Celtic Glory

A cerulean sky dotted with clouds and typically green grass provide contrast to the stunning ruins at Clonmacnoise, a monastery founded around 540 AD. The first book in Irish was written here. This shot was taken near the end of our driving holiday in May of this year and we were blessed by a sunny sky which added drama to the scene.

Photo: MaryEllenFerguson

Photo by AMCGrad09

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The Beauty Of County Wicklow

The Beauty Of County Wicklow

My Father took me to Ireland for my college graduation gift.This was our last night in Ireland,we stayed in County Wicklow in Enniskerry at The Powerscourt Hotel.I was feeling very sad to be leaving Ireland the next day,I had never felt so at home anywhere outside of my hometown in CT than I did in Ireland.I decided to go sit out on the balcony of our hotel room before it got dark.I stepped out on to the balcony and this view was staring me in the face,it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes.

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Photo by Craig W. Tidball

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Teenager on Ireland's Antrim Coast

Teenager on Ireland's Antrim Coast

After days of dad's sightseeing agenda my son was anxious to hike. On the Antrim Coast of N. Ireland I found a park with trails that took us to spectacular vistas of the coast line. This picture hints at the scenery but the wonder on the face of a teenage boy tells the real story of adventuring in Ireland. Ireland is great for connecting with your kids.

Photo: Craig W. Tidball

Photo by Craig W. Tidball

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Cliff Castle - Cliffs of Moher

Cliff Castle - Cliffs of Moher

Just off the plane at Shannon we rushed west to the Cliffs of Moher. Traveling with our two teenagers, this spectacular opening setting for our two weeks in Ireland was a stunning introduction to the beautiful things to come. This must see location has breathtaking views of the rugged west coast. See Ireland!

Photo: Craig W. Tidball

Photo by Miriam Warren

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Upper Lake in Glendalough Valley and Wicklow Mountains

Upper Lake in Glendalough Valley and Wicklow Mountains

On our third trip to Ireland we took a tour to St. Kevin's monastery just hours after arriving in Dublin. At the end of the tour, we came upon this breathtaking view of a pre-Christian round stone fort with the Upper Lake in Glendalough Valley and Wicklow Mountains behind. Most memorable, to say the least.

Photo: Miriam Warren

Photo by Jennifer L. Thompson

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Midway through the Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry

Midway through the Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry

We were on a day hike through the Gap of Dunloe. I had fallen a bit behind taking pictures, and saw my friend a few dozen feet in front, enjoying the spectacular view.

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Photo by Jennifer L. Thompson

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Cliffs on Slea Head.

Cliffs on Slea Head.

We had stopped on Slea Head to explore the cliffs and beach. The water, cliffs and Great Blasket in the background were a gorgeous combination.

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Photo by Jennifer L. Thompson

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Taken from a pullout on the Slea Head loop, June 2007.

Taken from a pullout on the Slea Head loop, June 2007.

We were driving the Slea Head loop on a gorgeous Sunday in June on our first trip to County Kerry. We stopped at a pullout to take a picture of a sculpture, turned around, and there was the quintessential Ireland.

Photo: Jennifer L. Thompson

Photo by traveling

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Not for the faint of heart, but so worth the journey.

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Photo by traveling

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Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

We were in awe of the natural beauty formed 60 million years ago. Perfect columns as a result of volcanic eruptions.

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Photo by traveling

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Slieve League

Slieve League

Steep cliffs, crashing waves... not a person in sight for hours and miles. So worth the drive!

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Photo by traveling

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Glen Head

Glen Head

The stark beauty of the sea crashing on the rocks brings back so many memories of our long walks along the cliffs.

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Photo by cinhorrell

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Poulnabrone portal tomb

Poulnabrone portal tomb

The tomb is estimated as being 4,500 years old which places it at the end of the Neolithic and the beginning of Ireland's Bronze Age. There is evidence that they people who built the many tombs on the burren actually farmed the area and the Burren would have had a covering of soil with scrub, trees and grass growing there. Now there is nothing but stone.

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Photo by cinhorrell

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There's no place like home

There's no place like home

We were out driving one weekend and happened past this storybook cottage. It made Ireland come alive.

Photo: cinhorrell

Photo by Judy Johnson

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Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey

This past April, I did a driving tour of Ireland. On the second day, I drove to the Rock of Cashel and as I drove up, I was amazed looking up at the "rock". But the real views were from the rock...once you got inside the walls, you could see the so much of the surrounding countryside and it was beautiful. The view of Hore Abbey was especially breathtaking.

Photo: Judy Johnson

Photo by tower

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Colleens at Communion Luncheon

Colleens at Communion Luncheon

We had stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant outside of Donegal. A large party entered, celebrating two communions. The two guests of honor were these adorable colleens. They loved having their picture taken by us, although there were countless cameras among the group.

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Photo by vickieh

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Golf Course near Kinsale

Golf Course near Kinsale

We drove out to Old Head, around dusk, and the sight was breathtaking. It was as if time stood still. We just stood there and took in the beauty of Ireland.

Photo: vickieh

Photo by Julia Tulba

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Exotic Ireland!

Exotic Ireland!

Although the photo could easily be mistaken for a spot along the French or Italian coastline, it was actually taken in the charming village of Killiney on our way up to the top of Killiney Hill Park. The views of Dublin Bay were stunning and unforgettable.

Photo: Julia Tulba

Photo by unamahar

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A bit of the pint

A bit of the pint

An array of labels convey the essence of Guiness at the James Gate Brewery in Dublin. After a great tour we watched the pouring of a perfect pint capped with the signature shamrock and enjoyed it overlooking the city from the top floor of the brewery.

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Photo by unamahar

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Herder's Cabin

Herder's Cabin

Traditional thatched herder's cabin recreated at the National Museum of County Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo. The museum presents exhibitions of the folklife, customs and crafts of past generations and provides workshops to bring them to life for today's visitor.

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Photo by unamahar

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Tea Time

Tea Time

A cozy spot for a cuppa on a chilly morning on Inis Mor.

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Photo by unamahar

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The Sprit is Alive

The Sprit is Alive

The spirit is alive among spring buttercups in a County Clare church yard. This modern image mimics the ancient stone circles found throughout the Irish countryside.

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Photo by Pat Fenton

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Celtic Cross & Cows on the Hill of Tara

Celtic Cross & Cows on the Hill of Tara

Perfect memory of things Irish.

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Photo by Pat Fenton

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Slane Hill of St. Patrick's Fame

Slane Hill of St. Patrick's Fame

Such a beautiful, haunting spot and the skies set it off perfectly.

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Photo by Pat Fenton

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Monasterboice Cemetery

Monasterboice Cemetery

With the Celtic crosses, tombs, and undulating fog I felt as if I was walking among my ancestors.

Photo: Pat Fenton

Photo by Linda Hansen

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Enchantment of rural Ireland

Enchantment of rural Ireland

We had been to the lighthouse at the tip of Clare Island, and on our walk down passed a number of such scenes of bucolic peacefulness.

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Photo by Linda Hansen

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The Old Salt and  his boat.

The Old Salt and his boat.

After a good lunch in Kinvara, I wandered around a bit and found the old gentleman cleaning off his boat. He spent a lot of time scrubbing with a stiff bristled broom, then threw buckets of water at the hull.

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Photo by Linda Hansen

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Three boats waiting

Three boats waiting

I was on a photo tour to Ireland, and our driver, a native of County Clare, drove us to this awesome place. It represents so much of the beauty of Ireland: mountains, water, flowers, stone walls, and boats.

Photo: Linda Hansen

Photo by megsp

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Sun Rise in Waterford

Sun Rise in Waterford

I woke up before sunrise on this day as we were leaving bright and early. I walked down to the water, and got to watch as the sun rose over the water.

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Photo by Viajero2

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Dromberg Stone Circle (Druid's Altar)

Dromberg Stone Circle (Druid's Altar)

Despite having traveled extensively throughout Europe, Ireland is the only country we have been able to visit a number of Stone or Bronze Age structures. It really was fascinating.

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Photo by Viajero2

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Sign Post on a Rural Irish Road

Sign Post on a Rural Irish Road

Whether signposted in Gaelic or English, the exact directions were equally unclear!!

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Photo by Viajero2

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The Oliver St John Gogarty Pub in Temple Bar

The Oliver St John Gogarty Pub in Temple Bar

Talk about Pub Culture! Named after famous Irish Poet and Surgeon (Oliver St. John Gogarty), this corner pub exemplified the heart of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar.

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Photo by ahoneman

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Optimism

Optimism

My 90 year old father in law waiting for a bus outside the Guinness Factory.

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The Perfect Pint

The Perfect Pint

At the end of a long day visiting the sites of this great county, nothing topped it off better than a pint at a wonderful pub in Ennis.

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Photo by jane0822

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Beautiful alpine pass

Beautiful alpine pass

After a lonely drive where you only see sheep, you come upon this gorgeous pass. I think it is a breathtaking experience. The journey down is on a road that is only wide enough for two cars and you do not see any cottages.

Photo: jane0822

Photo by MonicaRichards

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Running around the stone circle

Running around the stone circle

During our week stay at a farmhouse apartment between Kilgarvan and Kenmare, my husband and daughter played chase in the ancient stone circle of Kenmare.

Photo: MonicaRichards

Photo by Neil Brooks

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The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle

I found this scene hiking in Glendalough. I think almost all 40 shades of green are found in this forest.

Photo: Neil Brooks

Photo by fisher_marie

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Molly's Morning Walk

Molly's Morning Walk

We met so many friendly people during our week's stay at Couminole Cottage on Slea Head Drive. My husband, Craig also made friends with the neighbor's dog, Molly. Since her master was going to be away for a few days, Craig agreed to take Molly for her morning walks. How easy it was to feel right at home in Dingle. Robbyn Coulon Noblesville, Indiana

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Photo by Danrosh

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Which way?

Which way?

We rented a car to drive through and fully experience Ireland. We were completely lost, and this signage just made it that much worse. We just had to stop and take a photo!

Photo: Danrosh

Photo by jmclmc

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Beautiful view from Charles Fort

Beautiful view from Charles Fort

My guide and taxi driver from Cork, Mossy, stopped at this old fort that overlooks Kinsale harbor. Great Irish character, complete with a draw bridge.

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Photo by Kris Ockenfels

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Dingle Penninsula coast

Dingle Penninsula coast

This is but one view of the breathtaking Irish coastline.

Photo: Kris Ockenfels

Photo by MBnancy

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Landing in Dublin

Landing in Dublin

We had an overnight flight on Aer Lingus from LAX. We arrived at dawn and began the descent into Dublin. I looked out the window to see 40 shades of green for the first time. Tears welled up, as I thought, I am home! My grandmother had left Ireland as a 16 year old girl over a hundred years ago, never to return.

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Photo by Tim Pflieger

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Cemetary behind the Rock of Cashel

Cemetary behind the Rock of Cashel

While I had photographed several crosses throughout Ireland, this one had the perfect backdrop. The rock wall, rolling hills, and the mist creeping through the valley. Unforgettable!

Photo: Tim Pflieger

Photo by emrafferty

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A few friends along the way

A few friends along the way

Walking along the roads of Foxford, Mayo, toward the Ox Mountains, where more animals than people are met, we became acquainted with a few friends along the way - these gorgeous wild horses.

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Photo by emrafferty

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Nestled in Foxford

Nestled in Foxford

My mother and I were walking along the roads of Foxford, Mayo, exploring the town my grandmother was from. We came across this beautiful, magical-looking cottage, nestled between the trees at the base of the rustic Ox Mountains.

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Photo by lookitsash

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Top O' Kildare

Top O' Kildare

Taken from the tallest tower still standing in Ireland, this is a view of the town of Kildare. We climbed a steep 108 feet, minding our footing and our heads as we went up. The climb was well worth the beautiful views!

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Photo by lookitsash

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Overlooking the Island

Overlooking the Island

After biking to the top of a steep hill, my legs were sore but my mind was inspired. What a beautiful view of the main village in Inis Oirr.

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Photo by emrafferty

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The Rustic Charm of Inis Oirr

The Rustic Charm of Inis Oirr

Wanting to make the most of our visit, my friends and I decided to explore this exquisite island on bikes. We didn't use a map, thinking such a small island would be easy to get around. We followed this hilly road for ages, meeting castles, cows, and lighthouses, and just when we thought the road would start to wrap around the perimeter of the island - it just ended. However, we didn't mind doubling back as we were in awe of the beauty and rustic charm of Inis Oirr.

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Photo by Duane Klaus

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Cottage near the Burren

Cottage near the Burren

This warm, thatched-roof cottage welcomed us in after a cold ride through the Burren. A toasty fire and a hot bowel of Potato Leek soup hit the spot. The proprietor, a short woman with unkept hair, filled the place with her illuminating spirit.

Photo: Duane Klaus

Photo by Duane Klaus

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Lucky Star

Lucky Star

Biking across the Aran Island of Iris Mor, this colorful bar (and the roosters who pranced in front of it), caught my attention. I just had to stop for a moment and take in the dance of the Irish roosters..

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Photo by Duane Klaus

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Irish Carriage

Irish Carriage

Getting off the ferry onto Iris Mor, we encountered a man with character, who promptly tipped his hat before continuing on in song. Magical...

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Photo by Duane Klaus

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Haunting Music

Haunting Music

Walking up the trail leading to the Cliffs of Moher, we found this kind man squeezing a moving Irish tune from his red accordion.

Photo: Duane Klaus

Photo by creamsiclecati

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The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

I was standing on the edge of the cliff with my best friend and a new friend we made that day. It was our only day in Ireland it didn't rain. I was absolutely breathless at the sight.

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Photo by Colin O'Toole

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Galgorm River

Galgorm River

The river running alongside Galgrom Spa near Belfast tumbles over rocks and the light at dusk gives it a special, almost eerie and peaceful atmosphere.

Photo: Colin O'Toole

Photo by BelenGallarzaWilson

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ruin on Adare Manor

ruin on Adare Manor

It was cold and drizzling. . .perfect weather for happening upon this romantic ruin.

Photo: BelenGallarzaWilson

Photo by tower

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Irish Traffic jam

Irish Traffic jam

No way are you going to drive on through the flock. Sit patiently and wait until they pass. But be ready for the next flock, possibly just around the bend! Don't ya just love this country!

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Photo by tower

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Leprechaun with Penny Whistle

Leprechaun with Penny Whistle

He greets you when you come to see the cliffs, and plays away with his sweet-sounding penny whistle. When we came back from photographing the cliffs, saints and begorrah, the leprechaun had vanished! Erin go bragh!

Photo: tower

Photo by Christopher Weyman

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Grazing Sheep

Grazing Sheep

A lone sheep get to enjoy a grassy hillside all to himself in the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

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Photo by Christopher Weyman

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A Beautiful Spring Day

A Beautiful Spring Day

A wonderful day at the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens enjoying all of the spring blossoms in a not so Irish looking setting.

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Photo by Christopher Weyman

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Barrels of Fun

Barrels of Fun

Old Bushmill Whisky just waiting to be consumed

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Photo by Christopher Weyman

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Irish Humor

Irish Humor

This colorful Irish abode is called the "Mansion House" although the door is about 4 feet tall.

Photo: Christopher Weyman

Photo by Christopher Weyman

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Aran Island Stroll

Aran Island Stroll

While strolling along a "main" road on Inishmore, looking for an idyllic Irish home, this cow took time out of his busy feeding schedule to take a look at a stranger and wonder what the big fuss was.

Photo: Christopher Weyman

Photo by littlefootann

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Entry to Glendalough

Entry to Glendalough

The hills and mountains surrounding this beautiful historical site were amazing, but the two lakes were impressive also.

Photo: littlefootann

Photo by usafran

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Howth Head

Howth Head

We took the train from Dublin to Howth,then walked up to the top of Howth Head. It was a brilliantly sunny day but when some clouds rolled in to the south, the sky and the water turned silver.

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Photo by mg22

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Irish couple we shared table with at dinner

Irish couple we shared table with at dinner

This local Irish couple was kind enough to share table with us at busy dinner time! The Irish are so friendly and really seem to like Americans!

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Photo by mg22

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Beautiful Golfing Weather (Rain!)

Beautiful Golfing Weather (Rain!)

Beautiful golf courses in Ireland even if you have to play in the rain--sun actually came out later in the round!

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Photo by mg22

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Yikes!! Narrow road AND driving on wrong side?

Yikes!! Narrow road AND driving on wrong side?

This is typical view of narrow roads throughout Ireland--and you get to drive on wrong side of road and shift gears of car with your left hand!

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Photo by wender1360

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Peaceful Valley Stream

Peaceful Valley Stream

One of the most peaceful and calming places on earth. No wonder the monks settled here.

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Photo by Patricia Fitzpatrick

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The Rough

The Rough

Jeanne Fitzpatrick tries some golf in the windy and wild County Clare.

Photo: Patricia Fitzpatrick

Photo by Frank Mix

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lone boat at the stone wharf

lone boat at the stone wharf

Stopped near Ballyvaughan at Monk's pub for a pint after leaving Cliffs of Moher robbed of the view by the omnipresent mist. As we came out (of the pub), so did the sun and it lit this little boat dramatically.

Photo: Frank Mix

Photo by Patrick Purcell

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Wind and Waves

Wind and Waves

To view the farmhouses - old and new - that dot the shoreline and hillsides of the Dingle Peninsula is to imagine the generations of people who lived here and eaked out a meager living from the land and dwelled in homes heated and lit solely by the warm glow of burning turf. Tough, hardy, and brave people!

Photo: Patrick Purcell

Photo by Frank Mix

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Crucifixion scene in white & rust

Crucifixion scene in white & rust

Our first day on the Dingle peninsula, the weather was wet and windy but we had to see Slea Head. Rounding the corner on those impossibly narrow roads, we found this statue, with barely a wide spot for one car to pull off nearby. It was stark and beautiful.

Photo: Frank Mix

Photo by Frank Mix

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boats in the evening

boats in the evening

after a long day on the road and getting soaked in a thunderstorm at the Rock of Cashel, we pulled into the charming port village of Cobh. I saw this scene as we walked that evening after dinner.

Photo: Frank Mix

Photo by Frank Mix

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The lake, just after the rain

The lake, just after the rain

We toured the ruins of the monastery at Glendalough that morning, despite the drizzling rain, which persisted for 2 hours. This was taken just after the rain stopped.

Photo: Frank Mix

Photo by Frank Mix

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Derrybawn Bridge, circa 1700

Derrybawn Bridge, circa 1700

It was the last full day of my 2 week stay, 1st time in Ireland. Much of the weather had been rainy and overcast. I found this bridge on a morning walk, not 5 minutes from the cottage where I'd slept the night before.

Photo: Frank Mix

Photo by Jane Sallee

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Newborn Lambs Resting in the Valley.

Newborn Lambs Resting in the Valley.

This breathtaking valley opened up to green meadows where mountains soared to high lakes and waterfalls. Newborn lambs rested under the trees while an Irish farmer tended to his stone fence nearby.

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Photo by Jane Sallee

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A Irish Gent enjoys a Guinness at the Roadside Tavern

A Irish Gent enjoys a Guinness at the Roadside Tavern

Delicious Irish Stew and traditional music at the Roadside Tavern next to the famous Burren Smokehouse.

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Photo by Jane Sallee

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Gleninchaquin Park -Stone Circle

Gleninchaquin Park -Stone Circle

Gleninchaquin Park was our backpackers dream walk through miles of breath-taking landscapes and scenery over streams with log bridges, mountain paths, along lakes, through green meadows to a spectacular waterfall.

Photo: Jane Sallee

Photo by Tom Farragher

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How green was my valley.

How green was my valley.

The beauty of Ireland.Did my ancestor's sail down this bay? With it's beauty it is sad that the time had come to leave.

Photo: Tom Farragher

Photo by NancyD9393

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Choose You Destination!

Choose You Destination!

Just loved the colorful building, the music shop, and the classic signs pointing in several directions. So Ireland!

Photo: NancyD9393

Photo by bevmar63

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Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey

This was my first view of the Abbey, and it took my breath away. To think that Mitchel Henry built it for his bride, Margaret, after honeymooning in the West of Ireland. She remarked that she wished she could have the view forever, and so he built the castle for her so she could have that view forever. What a love story! It has lived on in beautiful Kylemore Abbey.

Photo: bevmar63

Photo by KenBrown1947

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Celtic Crosses

Celtic Crosses

Amazing collection of Celtic crosses in the cemetary at Monasterboice.

Photo: KenBrown1947

Photo by bill_mcclendon

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Pub with Irish Music and Pub Fare

Pub with Irish Music and Pub Fare

Gogarty's, a pub in Dublin's Temple Bar district had a very lively crowd and very entertaing music for the late afternoon.

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Photo by nrosebrock

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Beautiful Kinsale

Beautiful Kinsale

Beautiful Kinsale! Where the purple house is across the street from the yellow house, which is down the road from the blue house. The yellow house, a B&B, is where we had our traditional Irish breakfast...including the black pudding! :)

Photo: nrosebrock

Photo by Nicole Harris

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The Rock.  'Nuf said.

The Rock. 'Nuf said.

The Rock of Cashel commands a presence. As we were driving up to it, we couldn't help but to snap this photo.

Photo: Nicole Harris

Photo by bill_mcclendon

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Lough Leane, Ring of Kerry

Lough Leane, Ring of Kerry

We stopped to take in the view and were met by an elderly gentleman offering a ride across the lake on this boat. His grandson is talking on his cell phone.

Photo: bill_mcclendon

Photo by Nicole Harris

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THIS is the Emerald Isle.

THIS is the Emerald Isle.

They call it the Emerald Isle for a reason. To me, this is Ireland. The greenest of greens meets the bluest of blues to make up one of the most beautiful countries I have had the opportunity to visit. There is the Celtic Cross, the stone wall and the land partitioned of by shrubs and stone walls. This is Ireland!

Photo: Nicole Harris

Photo by zoedawg, Jennifer Bania

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Surfers on the beach

Surfers on the beach

This is a group of surfers gathered on the beach in Lahinch. We didn't realize Ireland was popular for surfing!

Photo: zoedawg, Jennifer Bania

Photo by michelle7

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Ireland

Ireland

Returning to my home town on vacation when I saw this tree and the back round, I taught I was in the carribean,Except for the beautitul green fields behind the house.

Photo: michelle7

Photo by Katie Dean

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Morning Drive

Morning Drive

On our second day in Ireland, we drove the Ring of Kerry and snapped some of the most beautiful pictures. The road was small and scary at times, but it was well worth it.

Photo: Katie Dean

Photo by reillygee

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Sheep

Sheep

Sheep walking along the road, not obeying the speed limit!

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Photo by reillygee

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Drombeg Stone Circle

Drombeg Stone Circle

Love the contrast between the ancient stone circle and more modern farm lands.

Photo: reillygee

Photo by reillygee

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Shamrocks

Shamrocks

Saw these shamrocks all over during our hike in the cloudy Gougan Barra.

Photo: reillygee

Photo by TarynM

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Carna

Carna

Walking back from the little town fair to our hotel, I managed to capture this beautiful tree in the Gaeltacht region.

Photo: TarynM

Photo by amyprib

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Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey

Easy to find, easy to tour this great Cistercian abbey built in the 1100's. Worth the stop with no crowds and a lot to explore.

Photo: amyprib

Photo by amyprib

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Burren landscape

Burren landscape

Though a rocky, limestone, stark landscape, it's quite expansive and has a great beauty about it. This is an up close view located on the walk to see Poulnadrome Dolmen.

Photo: amyprib

Photo by amyprib

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St. Kevin's monastic settlement

St. Kevin's monastic settlement

What a great place to spend a few hours or day. The settlement is interesting to explore, as well as hiking trails that lead back to additional ruins, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls.

Photo: amyprib

Photo by amyprib

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View from drive on Healy Pass

View from drive on Healy Pass

Healy Pass is a beautiful, winding mountain road with spectacular views. It may be slightly lesser known and traveled than Conor Pass, but both are awesome drives.

Photo: amyprib

Photo by amyprib

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Sunset view of Cliffs

Sunset view of Cliffs

We arrived at the Cliffs an hour before sunset and experienced a beautiful, diverse range of colors, views, and landscape, including a rainbow after slight rain. We could not have had a more perfect visit.

Photo: amyprib

Photo by Sturmhouse

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O'Brian's Castle is small by comparison

O'Brian's Castle is small by comparison

The majesty of the cliffs is sometimes due to the sheer scale. After standing on the top of Obrian's castle, which is no-small structure, I went to the other side to get a view from another angle. I was amazed to think that I was on top of the tower, and yet the tower relative to the cliffs is minuscule.

Photo: Sturmhouse

Photo by Sturmhouse

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A creepy ruin off an unsuspecting road

A creepy ruin off an unsuspecting road

Quin Abbey had an eerie silence to it. Foreboding, you can almost feel the battles waged, and ceremonies that took place. Visit on a cloudy day, for best effect.

Photo: Sturmhouse

Photo by Sturmhouse

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A drawn to life painting

A drawn to life painting

I was so anxiously anticipating our arrival at the Cliffs. I wanted to see them in real life. I was shocked when the cliffs were as much like a painting as the pictures I had seen. It was so breathtaking, it didn't quite look real.

Photo: Sturmhouse

Photo by Sturmhouse

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Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner

Ireland is amazing because the sights never end. This little scene was literally right around the village corner. No tourists, no booths, this is how the country looks.

Photo: Sturmhouse

Photo by Silarem

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Street artists

Street artists

On my first visit to Ireland I was walking on the temple bar area when I heard a beautiful and unique music…I kept walking until I found the source of the beautiful sound. It was a very busy night but that charming sound and the whole atmosphere made that moment a truly memorable Ireland moment.

Photo: Silarem

Photo by Nancy M. Coyne

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A Mime on Grafton Street

A Mime on Grafton Street

Grafton Street is world famous for its unique shops, flowers, mimes, street entertainers and restaurants. We spent a lot of time on this busy street.

Photo: Nancy M. Coyne

Photo by Nancy M. Coyne

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Live Irish Music Everywhere

Live Irish Music Everywhere

We really enjoyed the live music in Dublin. We could hear the music and see the crowds as we passed by and could not resist going in to sing along.

Photo: Nancy M. Coyne

Photo by gflatt27

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Cliffs of Moher who?  Check this out!

Cliffs of Moher who? Check this out!

We were told that the Slieve League in Co. Donegal should hire the Marketing Director for the Cliffs of Moher. We found out why. Spectacular!

Photo: gflatt27

Photo by skyisthelimit

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Jameson Bar

Jameson Bar

Tradition continues in the Old Jameson Brewery.

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Photo by skyisthelimit

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Derry/Londonderry view

Derry/Londonderry view

For many years, I lived in Derry Township in Pennsylvania (USA)and was happy to tour the ancestral sister of our town in Northern Ireland. In this picture, the murals are striking telling a story of freedom.

Photo: skyisthelimit

Photo by gflatt27

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"Patrick and his Mountain"

A beautiful day when we hiked the summit. A pilgrimage to do.

Photo: gflatt27

Photo by gflatt27

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An Irish Cemetery

An Irish Cemetery

A beautiful view in the Glendalough area of the Wicklow Mountains.

Photo: gflatt27

Photo by Megan Griffin

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Graveyard at the Rock of Cashel.

Graveyard at the Rock of Cashel.

Even a graveyard can be beautiful in Ireland.

Photo: Megan Griffin

Photo by Megan Griffin

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Sheep along the Ring of Kerry.

Sheep along the Ring of Kerry.

Driving along the Ring of Kerry from Killarney to Kenmare, these sheep decided to join us on the road. Just as they looked like they would collide with the car, they veered up into the mountainside.

Photo: Megan Griffin

Photo by Jessica D. South

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along the Irish coast

along the Irish coast

After stopping at Charles Fort to see the spot of the sinking of the Lusitania, we drove along the coast for some of the prettiest ocean views in Ireland. At this particular spot our group leader was so taken with the scenery he almost rolled down the incline but was caught by one of the colorful but prickly gorse bushes.

Photo: Jessica D. South

Photo by Judy Arnold

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View of Rossnowlagh Beach

View of Rossnowlagh Beach

View of Rossnowlagh Beach from the Friary, Co. Donegal

Photo: Judy Arnold

Photo by Judy Arnold

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Brave Judy

Brave Judy

Crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge on the north coast of Northern Ireland, Co. Antrim.

Photo: Judy Arnold

Photo by Judy Arnold

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Hawk Walk

Hawk Walk

My grandsons get acquainted with their Harris Hawks on the Hawk Walk at Ireland's School of Falconry, located on the grounds of Ashford Castle in Cong, Co. Mayo.

Photo: Judy Arnold

Photo by Connie Hall-Burke

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The Mist of our Ancestors

The Mist of our Ancestors

We visited St Kevin's monastery on a chilly October day. The crowds were gone and at the end of the day after exploring the round tower, and remnants of the many buildings it started to mist. I looked back one more time before leaving and snapped this picture. It speaks to me of the timelessness of Ireland, many have come before us and the beauty has been regenerated by the beautiful cleansing mist.

Photo: Connie Hall-Burke

Photo by santafetraveler/Steve Collins

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Gallarus Oratory (Séipéilín Ghallarais)

Gallarus Oratory (Séipéilín Ghallarais)

We had some trouble finding this site, but it was worth our persistence. This dry-stone, early Christian church is believed to be the oldest standing church in Ireland. The guesstimate of the age of the building goes from as early as the 5th century to as late as the 12th. Wherever it dates from, it is spectacular. Being inside is a spiritual experience. Eschew the visitors center and use the parking lot down the narrow country lane (it's free).

Photo: santafetraveler/Steve Collins

Photo by georgina austin

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Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill

To me this photo shows the love and wittiness of the Irish people. On the right in green is my grandmother, she left Ireland when she was 19. On the left is her only living sister Norah and her husband Bill. They live in the very town my grandmother grew up in and are standing in front on the home in which they raised 10 children.

Photo: georgina austin

Photo by santafetraveler/Steve Collins

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Dunbeg Fort (An Dún Beag)

Dunbeg Fort (An Dún Beag)

This late Bronze Age, Early Iron Age promontory Fort is set on the western edge of Ireland overlooking Dingle Bay. It was fun climbing through the ruins and imagining life here a few thousands of years ago.

Photo: santafetraveler/Steve Collins

Photo by GreenDragon

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Dominance

Dominance

Colors and power combine in this shot in the medieval town of Kilkenny, Ireland, where you enjoy getting lost in winding alleys and cobblestoned slips.

Photo: GreenDragon

Photo by GreenDragon

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Haunted Abbey

Haunted Abbey

This was late one evening, driving on the Ring of Kerry, and watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean. It looked like the ruined abbey was floating on the water as it faded into the clouds.

Photo: GreenDragon

Photo by GreenDragon

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Gallerus Oratory

Gallerus Oratory

This 1500 year old monastic hut was an amazing place, and as the sun began to burn through the evening fog and mist, the colors of the stone came through and shone.

Photo: GreenDragon

Photo by santafetraveler/Billie Frank

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Drombeg Stone Circle

Drombeg Stone Circle

This stone circle is believed to date from the late Bronze Age to early Iron Age (it's probably over 2,000 years old). It is off in the middle of nowhere and blessedly noncommercial. We felt like we had gone back eons.

Photo: santafetraveler/Billie Frank

Photo by santafetraveler/Billie Frank

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The Beehive Huts on Slea Head Drive

The Beehive Huts on Slea Head Drive

This historic site really offers a trip back in time- these huts are about 2,000 years old. It was an amazing experience to see where and how people lived in pre-historic Ireland. A great place to visit,but I wouldn't want to live here!

Photo: santafetraveler/Billie Frank

Photo by Sherry Laskin

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A Fairy Garden

A Fairy Garden

From out of nowhere, dark, ominous clouds rolled in darkening the sky. This seemed to create a surreal effect with foreground of climbing ivy and the flatness of the field behind it. Notice there is a small stone in the right foreground in a small clearing under the bush; is it a marker of some sort? A headstone?

Photo: Sherry Laskin

Photo by mrn333

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On the way to the Cliffs of Moher

On the way to the Cliffs of Moher

Driving through Ireland is one of the best ways to see the country. This photo was taken on our drive to the Cliffs of Moher. The fog was too thick to experience the Cliffs from the top, but the view from the bottom captures everything Ireland has to offer.

Photo: mrn333

Photo by jedivader

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 Kinbane Castle Ruins

Kinbane Castle Ruins

The ruins seemed to no longer be open to the public as the trail to get to it was falling apart. there were some that made the walk, including me.

Photo: jedivader

Photo by jedivader

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Soup & A Pint At The Gastropub

Soup & A Pint At The Gastropub

An Irish lunch in Dun Laoghaire, south of Dublin.

Photo: jedivader

Photo by jedivader

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Sunset With The Giant

Sunset With The Giant

The sun going down over the Giant's Causeway.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Northern Ireland Travel Guide

Photo: jedivader

Photo by jedivader

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Across The Sea

Across The Sea

Sunset along the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland.

Photo: jedivader

Photo by Cristina Costales

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Celtic Fall

Celtic Fall

On a road trip across Ireland, my friends and I stopped at this small town along a lake. We paused here to explore for the day and ended up staying at a quaint bed and breakfast for the night. The Celtic cross tombstones caught our eyes on a walk and in the background you can see fall foliage and snow-capped mountains. Very scenic and peaceful.

Photo: Cristina Costales

Photo by Cristina Costales

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Endless Walkway

Endless Walkway

Went on a road trip across Ireland and stopped at the Cliffs of Mohr. We weren't allowed on this walkway because the winds were so strong, but with the sun beaming down and the crisp blue waters yonder, the path looked almost heavenly.

Photo: Cristina Costales

Photo by Dana Freeman

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Post the Perfect Pint

Post the Perfect Pint

According to a few sources, this place was frequented by a young Bono. It is an excellent stop off Grafton St. for a pint.

Photo: Dana Freeman

Photo by Dana Freeman

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Whoa

Whoa

The Spire is an amazing site. Built for the Millennium. Must see it up close to really appreciate it.

Photo: Dana Freeman

Photo by Dana Freeman

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The Perfect Pint

The Perfect Pint

On a trip with life long friends. Playing Spades in every pub in Dublin. Funny, none of the locals seemed to mind.

Photo: Dana Freeman

Photo by A. Loftus

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Lehinch Beach

Lehinch Beach

Lehinch Beach

Photo: A. Loftus

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