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Day 8

To wind up your trip, explore the charming village of Adare, which was the recipient of a makeover by an English lord. The result? A ridiculously picture-perfect little town with thatched-roof cottages—complete with overflowing window boxes. Finally, before flying back home, stop by Limerick City—which, by the way, has nothing to do with limericks.
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  • History


  • Adare is known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, thanks to its thatched-roof cottages and idyllic setting along the River Maigue.
  • Visit the Adare Heritage Centre to learn about the town's history since 1223. There is also a retail outlet selling crafts and heraldry items.
  • Fans of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes should make a pilgrimage to Limerick City, where the author grew up. Take time to explore the city's Georgian district.

Side Trips

  • Fully restored Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (10 mi/16.1 km west of Limerick City) will appeal to all ages.
  • (13 mi/20.9 km north of Bunratty) is one of Ireland's most beautiful medieval tower-castles.

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