Fodor's Dublin and Southeastern Ireland
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Explore Dublin and Southeastern Ireland: Dublin is Ireland's capital and has become one of Europe's most popular city-break destinations. Explore St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College in the Southside; wander the cobblestone streets and small lanes of Temple Bar; and visit the high-tech museum at the Guinness Brewery and Storehouse. With magnificent museums such as the Hugh Lane and the National Museum, Georgian architecture, and of course, hundreds of pubs, the city's pleasures are uncontainable.
The southeast is Ireland's sunniest corner, and the coastal counties have long been the favored hideaway of Dublin folk on vacation. Quiet seaside villages, country houses, and some of the nation's best land make for easy access en route to Cork or Kerry. Inland, counties like Kilkenny and Tipperany offer a lion's share of history and important monuments in the main towns, Wexford and Waterford. Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick at the Rock of Cashel, dig the ducal lifestyle at Lismore, and romp in the brisk waters of the pristine beaches around the fishing village of Ardmore.
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Tipperary—Ireland’s largest inland county—the Southeast is a vast region that stretches from the town of Carlow near the border of County Wicklow in the north to Ardmore near the border of County Cork in the south. Although main towns can be packed with camera-wielding tourists, you can easily escape the tour buses thanks to endless expanses of tranquil countryside. Kilkenny City Creativity is evident in every aspect of this town, from its medieval stonework to its array of modern and
masterwork. Posher locals love to head here when they want to let their hair down in some wine-fuelled, late-evening craic. The atmosphere is loose and relaxed, especially on the little terrace overlooking Merrion Court. Even better, the menu is scrumptious Italian. Hot antipasti include chicken livers Marsala and calamari fritti, and tempting but guilty main courses include veal cutlets on the bone with Gorgonzola dolce and marsala jus or the Linguine with Dublin bay prawns, courgettes, garlic,
windows—could not be more dramatic. The menu has been slimmed down in recent times with a focus on a smaller number of dramatic dishes like gingerbread crusted sea bass with cassoulet of coco bean or the soya glazed pork belly with wilted samphire and hazelnut. | Clarence Hotel,6–8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar | Dublin 2 | 01/407–0813 | www.theclarence.ie | Reservations essential | AE, MC, V | No lunch Sat. Toscana. $$ | ITALIAN | A genuine trattoria in the heart of crazy Temple Bar, Toscana
(www.louthholidays.com, www.countylouth.com). County Louth Tourism (www.louthholidays.com, www.countylouth.com). County Kildare Tourism (www.kildare.ie/tourism).County Wicklow Tourism (www.visitwicklow.ie). East Coast Midlands Tourism (www.eastcoastmidlands.ie). Guided Tours Bus Éireann runs guided bus tours to many of the historic and scenic locations throughout the Dublin environs daily in summer. Visits include trips to Glendalough in Wicklow; Boyne Valley and Newgrange in County Louth;
Hill of Tara From the top of the Hill of Tara—it rises more than 300 feet above sea level—you can see across the flat central plain of Ireland, with the mountains of east Galway visible from nearly 160 km (100 mi) away. In the mid-19th century, the nationalist leader Daniel O’Connell staged a mass rally here that supposedly drew more than a million people—which would be nearly a third of Ireland’s current population. On-site, first pay a call on the Interpretative Center housed in an old Church