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The largest county in Ireland, Cork is famous for magnificent scenery along its jagged coastline. Cork City, Ireland's second-largest city, is a laid-back, relaxed place, where you can enjoy great music, theatre and visual arts. Food lovers can sample local specialties in some of Cork's excellent restaurants. A famous attraction in Cork is Blarney Castle, one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and home to the infamous Blarney Stone. Legend has it that anyone who kisses the famous stone high up on the castle will be endowed with the "gift of persuasion and flattery." But be warned, to kiss the stone you will have to lie on your back, bend backwards and turn upside down. Cork is also famous for being the last stop of the Titanic before its fateful journey in 1912.
Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Ireland's vibrant and ever-changing capital is one of the top destinations in Europe. Yet despite its fast growing popularity and prosperity, Dublin remains one of Europe's friendliest, most down-to-earth, and accessible cities. Dublin is divided by the River Liffey and is a city that lends itself to walking tours. The prosperous, popular side of Dublin is south of the Liffey and features top hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops including the trendy riverside area of Temple Bar, and the hot shopping district "Old City." The city also has one of the best pub and club scenes in Europe ranging from trendy modern cafe bars to historic pubs. Throughout the year, Dublin is host to a variety of musical, sporting and cultural events including the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Festival.
Ireland's fastest growing city is also its most appealing. Home to artists, writers, and artisans, Galway has earned its reputation as the unofficial arts capital of Ireland. Galway is a city full of life, and its residents' enthusiasm is infectious. You will leave the city singing and wishing you had spent more time.
Located in the Southwest region of Ireland, County Kerry is as much renowned for its diverse scenic beauty as it is for the hospitality of its local inhabitants. Here one will find one of the largest populations of people, in all of Ireland, who proudly speak Irish Gaelic as a part of daily life. There are so many wonderful sites to see and places to experience for that a true Irish welcome.
Killarney is the commercialized, tourist center of Ireland. While this small, compact city offers little architectural interest, the real reason so many flock here is for the stunning and breathtaking surrounding landscape, spectacular lakes and woodlands which are part of the picturesque, 25,000 acre Killarney National Park.
Limerick is a busy, bustling city in the midst of an exciting makeover and renaissance. Compact and completely walkable, most of the city's sights and attractions are within a stone's throw of each other. Recently, Limerick has seen a growth in the number of trendy cafes and international cuisines. Native son Frank McCourt's best-selling novel, Angela's Ashes, immortalizes the city.