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Southeast Ireland

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Southeast Ireland [1] is a region of Ireland. It is known as the Sunny Southeast because it gets the best weather in Ireland. There are some historic cities, great landscapes and beautiful beaches to be found here.

Regions

County Carlow (Carlow, Bagenalstown, Borris, Hacketstown, Leighlinbridge, Rathvilly, Tullow )
Noted for its nature, culture, vibrant nightlife and modern amenities, County Carlow is a pleasant place to visit, where history and contemporary life sit side by side.
County Kilkenny (Kilkenny, Ballyragget, Callan, Castlecomer, Mooncoin, Thomastown)
A county famous for it hurling team, and attractive medieval capital, Kilkenny.
County Waterford (Waterford, Dunmore East, Tramore)
The home of Waterford crystal and known for it's beautiful beaches.
County Wexford (Wexford, Courtown, Gorey, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Rosslare)
Irelands caravan and camping capital. The county is covered in caravans along the long sandy beaches which benefit from the warmer and sunnier climate than the north and west of Ireland.

Cities

  • Carlow (Ceatharlach)- an attractive city that blends history and modern attractions.
  • Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) - attractive medieval town, known as the Marble City - home to the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, held annually in early June.
  • Waterford (Port Láirge) - Ireland's oldest city. Waterford is a popular visit for those who want to learn more about the most ancient history of Ireland. Many festivals take place throughout the year including Spraoi. The food is good and the Granary Museum is the best for ancient Irish history in the country. Don't forget to try a blaa before you leave. (A floury bread bun peculiar to this area of Ireland).
  • Wexford (Loch Garman) - Town and county in the "Sunny South-East"

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Heritage Ireland Sites[2]

These sites are maintained by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. A heritage card, which is valid for a year costs: adult €21, senior citizen €16, student €8, family €55.

The Heritage Sites in the south east are:

County Carlow

  • Altamount Gardens.

County Kilkenny

  • Dunmore Caves, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny (10km from Kilkenny, off the N78), 056 7767726 (, fax: 056 7767262). 9:30-17:00 (15:00 Nov-Feb, 18:00 Mid Jun-Mid Sept). The show cave is incredibly well developed and is a wonder to walk around. €2.90 Adult, €1.30 Child..
  • Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny (2.5km west of Thomastown (N9)), 056 7724623. 10:00-17:00 (18:00 June-Sept, 16:00 Nov-Feb). Built in the 12th Century. It is Ireland's finest Cistercian monastic ruin with a magnificantly sculptured cloister arcade. Includes visitor and exhibition centre €2.90 Adult, €1.30 Child.
  • Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Kilkenny, 056 7704100 (, fax: 056 7704116), [3]. Open daily, 09.30-17.30. This stunning Norman Castle, which is the dominant feature in the city, is its principal attraction. Its huge forested gardens are beautiful to walk during the day. €6.00 Adult, €2.50 Child, Family €14.00.
  • St. Mary's Church, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, 056 7726894 (). 28th May - 16th Sept: Daily 9.30 - 18.00. A 13th century church.

County Waterford

  • Dungarven Castle.

County Wexford

  • Ballyahack Castle.
  • Ferns Castle.
  • Reginald's Tower.
  • The John F Kennedy Arboretum.
  • The Wexford Wildflower Reserve.
  • Tintern Abbey.

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