The Southeast: Places to Explore


  • Ardmore

    Historic spiritual sites, white beaches, dramatic cliff walks, brawny fishermen—little Ardmore is a picture-postcard Irish town that packs a whole lot of wonder into a small peninsula at the base of a tall... Read more

  • Ballyhack

    On the upper reaches of Waterford Harbor, this pretty village with a square castle keep, wooden buildings, thatch cottages, and a green, hilly background is admired by painters and photographers.... Read more

  • Cahir

    Cahir (pronounce it "Care") is a busy but easygoing market town with a pleasant Georgian square at its heart. It is built on the River Suir at the eastern end of the Galtee mountain range. The Suir is... Read more

  • Cashel

    Cashel is a market town on the busy Cork-Dublin road, with a lengthy history as a center of royal and religious power. From roughly AD 370 until AD 1101, it was the seat of the Kings of Munster, and it... Read more

  • Dungarvan

    With their covering of soft grasses, the lowlands of Wexford and eastern Waterford gradually give way to heath and moorland; the wetter climate of the hillier western Waterford countryside creates and... Read more

  • Enniscorthy

    Enniscorthy, on the sloping banks of the River Slaney and on the main road between Dublin and Wexford to the south of the popular resort of Gorey, is a thriving market town that is rich in history.... Read more

  • Kilkenny City

    Dubbed "Ireland's Medieval Capital" by its tourist board, and also called "the Oasis of Ireland" for its many pubs and watering holes, Kilkenny is one of the country's most alluring destinations. It demands... Read more

  • Kilmore Quay

    Noted for its fishing industry, this quiet, old-fashioned seaside village of thatched and whitewashed cottages is also popular with recreational anglers and bird-watchers. From the harbor there's a pleasant... Read more

  • Leighlinbridge

  • Lismore

    Lismore is one of Ireland's grandest places to get lost in. Popular with both anglers and romantics, the enchanting little town of Lismore is built on the banks of the Blackwater, a river famous for its... Read more

  • Old Leighlin

  • Rosslare

    Sometimes called Ireland's sunniest spot, the village of Rosslare is a seaside getaway with an attractive beach. Many vacationers head here to hike, golf, sun, and swim. But the truth is that most visitors... Read more

  • Thomastown

    Thomastown, originally the seat of the kings of Ossory (an ancient Irish kingdom), is a pretty, stone-built village on the River Nore. It takes its name from Thomas FitzAnthony of Leinster, who encircled... Read more

  • Tipperary Town

    Tipperary Town, a dairy-farming center at the head of a fertile plain known as the Golden Vale, is a good starting point for climbing and walking in the hills around the Glen of Aherlow. The small country... Read more

  • Tramore

    Tramore's 5-km-long (3-mile-long) beach is a popular escape for families from Waterford and other parts of the Southeast, as the many vacation homes and camper parks indicate. The beach is adjacent to... Read more

  • Waterford City

    The largest town in the Southeast and Ireland's oldest city, Waterford was founded by the Vikings in the 9th century and was taken over by Strongbow, the Norman invader, with much bloodshed in 1170. The... Read more

  • Wexford Town

    Wexford's history goes back to prehistoric times, though you'll find scant traces of them now. Much more obvious are the Viking and Norman associations, evident in alleys as well as in the town walls... Read more