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The Southeast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Southeast Vacation

Going to Ireland for the sunshine might sound like a joke, but not if you head to the golden beaches and blue surf of the Southeast. Receiving almost double the rays found anywhere else, the shore resorts buzz with activity from May to October. The Irish like to label their regions, and "Ireland's Sunny Southeast" is the tag they've applied to counties Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary,

and Waterford. The moniker is by no means merely fanciful: the weather station on the coast at Rosslare reports that this region receives more hours of sunshine than any other part of the country. Little wonder the outdoors-loving Irish have made the Southeast's coast a popular warm-weather vacation destination.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Sacred Ardmore St. Declan founded Ireland's first Christian settlement near this beautifully situated fishing village on the Waterford coast.
  2. Kilkenny, Ireland's Medieval Capital With its famous 14th-century "witch," Petronilla, Camelot-worthy Black Abbey, and fairy-tale Kilkenny Castle, the city still conjures up the days of knights and damsels.
  3. Pretty-as-a-postcard Lismore Presided over by the neo-baronial castle of the Dukes of Devonshire, this storybook village has attracted visitors ranging from Sir Walter Raleigh to Fred Astaire.
  4. Cashel of the Kings Ireland's "Rock of Ages," this spectacular 200-foot-tall rock bluff was the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster.
  5. Wexford and Waterford Big-city lights shine brightest here, thanks to such attractions as the famed Wexford Opera Festival and the reborn Waterford Crystal factory and visitor center.

When To Go

When to Go

As well as having some of the richest land in the country, the Southeast is the envy of all Ireland for that most elusive element—sunshine. The reg...

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