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Discover Ireland's Romance

Words by John Roark

There’s an old song which says there are 40 shades of green in Ireland. But 40 seems to fall far short of the mark. The landscape of the Emerald Isle is literally humming with every shade and variation of green, from the rolling countryside hills to the plush moss and vines creeping up stately turrets of centuries-old castles and cathedrals.

Ireland is an unmatched romantic destination for those longing to be swept away by one of the most culturally rich, charming and accessible European countries.

County Clare

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Dromoland Castle

With a history stretching back to the fifth century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of Gaelic royalty. Surrounded by acres of velvet lawns and forest, this luxury five-star castle hotel overlooks its own championship golf course and sparkling lake.

Dromoland has a tradition of delivering impeccable, unobtrusive service. Enjoy a selection of gourmet fine dining, unwind in the castle’s spa or indoor heated pool, or relax with a good book beside a crackling evening fire. Eight miles from Shannon International Airport and regarded as one of Ireland’s top luxury hotels, Dromoland is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick, Galway, Shannon, and the country’s rugged west coast.

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The Cliffs of Moher

Top your list of must-see wonders with the majestic Cliffs of Moher, soaring more than 700 feet out of the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular views abound.

County Cork

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Castlemartyr Resort

A grand 17th century manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old castle and originally built by the Knights Templar, the five-star Castlemartyr Resort resides on 220 acres of lush landscape, a tranquil lake and gardens. The distinctive resort includes a spa and 18-hole Ron Kirby-designed golf course.

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Kinsale by Sea Safari

Adventure and history meet dazzling coastal scenery and wildlife. From Cork, you’ll jet over the waves in a guided powerboat. Upon arrival in Kinsale, enjoy a guided walking tour followed by free time before your return journey to Cork City.

Kildare

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The K Club

One of four Irish 5 Red Star hotels, The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club, or K Club, is set on 550 acres of countryside by the River Liffey. This elegantly restored country estate offers the highest standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Named AAA Hotel
of the Year 2010-2011.

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Midleton Jameson Distillery

Journey through the history and making of Irish whiskey. Your guided tour includes the historic distillery, which operated
from 1825-1975, and concludes with a taste of Ireland’s most famous spirit.

Dublin

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Located in the heart of Dublin, the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel is a chic urban sanctuary adjacent to St. Stephen’s Green and steps away from Dublin’s finest shopping avenue, Grafton Street. From its central location you can enjoy the buzz of the city, and explore countless cultural, historical and leisure attractions.  

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St. Stephen’s Green

The verdant St. Stephen’s Green is a vast city park located in the center of Dublin. Formal gardens, lakes, recreational areas and art installations make it a favorite place for Dubliners to relax.

Guinness Storehouse and “Pour Your Own Pint”

No trip to Ireland is complete without sampling the famous Guinness stout. Tour Ireland’s #1 visitor attraction and learn the rich history of the brew, and the six steps to pouring your own perfect pint! 

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End your day of exploring Dublin with dinner and drinks at the Cliff Townhouse Hotel, one of Ireland’s most-talked about boutique hotels and restaurants. Enjoy traditional dishes with a modern twist reflecting the diversity of the Irish dining landscape. An expertly crafted menu features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 


Photos courtesy of (in order) Dromoland Castle, The K ClubThe Fitzwilliam, and Tourism Ireland

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