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Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Gougane Barra National Forest Park
Gougane Barra National Forest Park is bordered by three mountain ranges and the wide open River Lee Valley. It is here that St. Finbarr, Patron Saint of Cork, planted his monastery. This is Ireland’s first National Park. The forest park is comprised of 350 acres that were planted by the Irish Forestry Service in 1938. The trees are primarily Lodgepole Pine, Sitka Spruce, and Japanese Larch. Follow trails to scenic views, across bridges and up hillsides. This park is tucked in a valley that feels like a mini Yosemite Valley. Lush places to picnic, hike, and inhale the fresh air.
w: www.coillteoutdoors.ie Near Ballingeary Cork
Famine Warhouse
Famine Warhouse
During the Great Famine the Warhouse was the scene of the 1848 Rebellion. The house exhibits the history of the Famine and mass emigration, the rebellion, high treason trials and penal exile of the Young Ireland leaders in Australia and their escapes to the U.S.A. The exhibition places the Famine Rebellion in the context of 1848 as Europe’s Year of Revolutions in France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary.
w: www.heritageireland.ie e: info@heritageireland.ie
Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary (Phone: 087 908 9972)
Times: Apr - Sept: Wed-Sun 14.30 - 17.30 Oct - Mar: Sat & Sun only 14.00 - 16.00
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork just outside the village of Liscarroll. Group visits welcome as the donkeys love the added fuss and attention they receive! Advance notice of larger parties is requested. The Sanctuary is open at the following times with free admission and parking: Monday-Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Please note that the gates close promptly, but you are welcome to to walk around the Sanctuary if your car is outside the gates after the closing times.
Liscarroll, Mallow Cork (Phone: 022 48398 )
Glen of Aherlow
Glen of Aherlow
The Glen of Aherlow is a quiet country valley, secluded but not isolated. It stretches from the N24, South of the heritage town of Tipperary, through sixteen miles of unspoilt countryside affording some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Your family can go cycling, walking, fishing and visit the nature park. Walking through the woodland area, various trees and shrubs are identified by such as Oak, Scots Pine and Beech. Also, the woodland is the habitat of many animals and birds, such as fox, red and grey squirrels and blackbird. And don't forget to look out for the Famine House.
w: www.aherlow.com Tipperary Town
Ormond Castle
Ormond Castle
Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. It was built by Thomas, the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. Closely integrated into the manor house are two 15th century towers. It is the country's only major unfortified dwelling from that turbulent period. The state rooms contain some of the finest decorative plasterwork in the country, including plasterwork portraits.
w: www.heritageireland.ie e: ormondcastle@opw.ie
Castle Park, off Castle Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary (Phone: 051 640787 )
Times: 1st April - 6th October: Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Doneraile Wildlife Park
Doneraile Wildlife Park
The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the 'Capability Brown' style. Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the Park.
w: www.heritageireland.ie Doneraile, Cork (Phone: 087 2515965 )
Times: All year round. Please see link for opening times.
Dungarvan Castle
Dungarvan Castle
The castle consists of a polygonal shell keep with an enclosing curtain wall, a corner tower and a gate tower. The shell keep is the earliest structure, dating from the 12th century. Shell keeps are common in England, but rare in Ireland. Inside the curtain wall is a two storey military barracks, which dates from the first half of the 18th century. The barracks is now restored and houses an informative exhibition on the history of the castle.
w: www.heritageireland.ie e: charlesfort@opw.ie
Castle Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (Phone: 058 48144)
Times: 27th May - 29th September: Daily 10.00 - 18.00
Gallarus Castle and Oratory
Gallarus Castle and Oratory
Gallarus Castle was built by the FitzGeralds and is probably 15th century in date. It is one of the few surviving castles on the Dingle peninsula. It is a four-storey tower with a vaulted ceiling on the fourth floor; none of its battlements remain. Conservation works have been undertaken at the castle in recent years and the interior is fully accessible. The tower was accessed originally on the 1st floor and there was a two storey defensive structure to the front, now gone but evidence of it can be seen on the external wall.
w: www.heritageireland.ie Gallarus, Baille na nGall, Kerry (Phone: 0404 45325)
Start: 03/06 End: 01/09 Times: to be updated