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Culture, Guinness, and Irish destinations to make your Ireland vacation fun.

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VIDEO: Want to take a trip around Dublin city in 1965? Now you can…

VIDEO: Want to take a trip around Dublin city in 1965? Now you can… | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
This amazing video takes you on a bus tour around the capital as it was in the 1960s.
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See Dublin as it was.

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Walking and Hiking In Ireland

Walking and Hiking In Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Ireland's online Hill Walking and Outdoor Pursuits Magazine  a stunning shot from John Mee of a dreamy sunset over iconic Croagh Patrick.

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The best place to go hiking and walking in Ireland.

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Irish Food Hotlist, Spring 2013 | Pól Ó Conghaile | Travel Writer & Journalist

Irish Food Hotlist, Spring 2013 | Pól Ó Conghaile | Travel Writer & Journalist | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
                    Sligo’s Italian Quarter… When Sligo’s Bistro Bianconi moved to Tobergal Lane recently, a whole new Italian Quarter followed (pictured).
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Where to dine while in Ireland; from Dublin to Sligo

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Travel Route: Ireland |

Travel Route: Ireland | | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Travel Route: Ireland Ireland, The Emerald Isle, isn't simply the land of leprechauns, shamrocks, and the colour green; Ireland is an incredibly stunning
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Travel blog about the sites to visit in Ireland. Great photos too. Distances, time between cities and sites to see.

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Malahide Castle, Wicklow and coastal scenery near Dublin

Malahide Castle, Wicklow and coastal scenery near Dublin | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Malahide Castle and coastal tour from Dublin and Wicklow Mountains & Glendalough in all its picturesque beauty is know as the Garden of Ireland. With scenic coastline, soaring mountains and peaceful...

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These guys do day tours from Dublin and have some beautiful photos of the Wicklow mountains and Malahide Castle Gardens. Give you some ideas of places to visit.

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Magnumlady's Blog

Magnumlady's Blog | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Photos and life in general
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Val Robus has a personal blog about life in Sligo Ireland. Great photos and you get to see part of the daily life and going ons in Sligo.

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Imaginary Ireland | Facebook

Imaginary Ireland | Facebook | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Shannon river scenery in Limerick city, Ireland. The city dates from at least the Viking settlement in 812. The Normans redesigned the city in the 12th century and added much of the most notable architecture, such as King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral.

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Lissadell House and Gardens Sligo

Lissadell House and Gardens Sligo | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, her sister Eva Gore Booth and her brother Josslyn Gore Booth. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dail Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat).

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When Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy bought Lissadell in December 2003, they resolved to bring the estate back to its original glory and to re-establish the thriving horticultural enterprise first created by Josslyn Gore Booth between 1890 and 1944. Records show that the Lissadell Estate sold 1,400 alpine and 1,100 herbaceous varieties across Europe and the US in 1915.

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7 Unforgettable Irish Landmarks « Authentic Ireland

7 Unforgettable Irish Landmarks « Authentic Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
1. St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin is an historic Irish institution with more than 800 years of faithful service. 2. Visitors to Ireland love to kiss the Blarney Stone. Located at Blarney Castle, it was originally a timber lodge built in ...
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Major landmarks in Ireland. 

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Top ten reasons to visit Ireland

Top ten reasons to visit Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Top ten reasons to visit Ireland (RT @bandbireland: Top ten reasons to visit Ireland | Ireland Vacations | IrishCentral http://t.co/aroUm43h)
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About nature, culture, food brought to you by the Irish Central.

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Pretty good insight into the top ten reasons to visit Ireland.

 

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Lakemount Garden

Lakemount Garden | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Nestled in the hills high above Cork, with distant views of the River Lee, Lakemount seems to blend into it's verdant landscape. In this beautiful corner of Ireland, Brian Cross has created, according to the Royal Horticulture Society, one of Ireland's "flagship gardens".

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The Garden was started in the early 1950’s by Mrs. Peggy Cross, who laid out the basic form of the Garden by planting hedges to buffet the land from the relentless Atlantic winds. The Garden is south-facing and slopes gently away from the house, supporting the cultivation of a multitude of plants from all four corners of the world. Since these early plantings, the garden has evolved into a wonderful oasis of calm. 

Unlike most gardens, Lakemount can be described as a garden for all seasons. Careful selection of plants and shrubs provides all-year-round spectacle. No matter what the month, there are always plants of interest and execiting planting compositions within the gardens’ borders.

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Welcome to Altamont Garden

Welcome to Altamont Garden | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

KNOWN as the most romantic garden in Ireland, Altamont is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate. Whilst still little known, it ranks in the top ten of Irish gardens and is often referred to as 'the jewel in Ireland's gardening crown'

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ORIGINALLY, Altamont is thought to have been the site of a convent, although there seem to be no existing records to corroborate this. However, the house as it exists today was evidently built upon the remains of an earlier dwelling dating from at least the 16th century; immensely thick walls, paved granite floors and arrow slit windows in the centre basement of the house testify to this. There is also evidence of a monastic site on adjoining land - the convent at Altamont is believed to have been its 'Sister House'. At this time the estate is thought to have been known as Rose Hill, the name being subsequently changed to Soho and marked thus on a map of 1777 (produced by Taylor & Skinner). The estate eventually came to be called Altamont sometime in the late 18th century, through some connection with the Marquis of Sligo. (Lord) Altamont was a title conferred then on the eldest son.

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Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens. Great Island, Camplile, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens. Great Island, Camplile, Co. Wexford, Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

The gardens cover seven acres, peacocks strut by the Italian loggia, paths and bridges lead past a trout lake to a hide whence you can watch coastal birds swoop over the estuary. Plus the heated pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna. We welcome you one and all to this remarkable oasis.

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The 'Olde English' style herbaceous border is in full colour during the summer mouths. With the Melianthus major at one end and the delicate Japanese Anemones at the other the border is a delight. Old rambling Roses cover the curved garden wall from one end of the border to the other.

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Irish Genealogy News: January ends with week of stimulating events

Irish Genealogy News: January ends with week of stimulating events | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Thursday 31 January: An introduction to family history resources online. Donaghdee Library, Donaghadee, Co Down. Basic computer skills needed. 11am to 12.30pm. Free. Booking essential: 028 9188 2507.

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Genealogy Events in Ireland Research your family history

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The April Festival of Food’s programme has proven to be the perfect mix of free events and ticketed ones, an equally perfect mix of high end dining opportunities and casual bistro experiences and it certainly offers something for all ages. The high point of the Waterford Festival of Food Dungarvan is the amazing Farmers' Market which will take place this year on Sunday April 14th, 2013.

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Enjoy the food and restaurants of Waterford while visiting Ireland during the Spring.

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Home > The English Market in Cork City, Ireland

Home > The English Market in Cork City, Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

The English Market - The official website of Ireland's most famous covered food market

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The current mix of traders in the English Market represents a diversity as broad as at any time over the centuries of it’s existence.

Small stalls sit alongside larger businesses. Fledgling traders beside long-established family businesses passed down from one generation to the next.

Meats and fish, herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, sauces and oils, chocolates and cakes, cheeses and pastas – the Market caters for all culinary tastes and all eating occasions!!

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Gort Cottage Rentals in Galway Ireland - by owner # 2010

Gort Cottage Rentals in Galway Ireland - by owner # 2010 | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Adorable Gort Cottage - Charming cottage is located in an eighteenth century courtyard of Lough Cutra Castle. @ Vacations-Abroad by owner
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Cottages located on family estate

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Ireland’s top ten free tourist attractions are named - PHOTOS

Ireland’s top ten free tourist attractions are named - PHOTOS | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Ireland’s top ten free tourist attractions are named - PHOTOS
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Free sites to visit in Ireland.. The list contains more than ten... but highlights the top ten.

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Hans Rey Adventure Team - Latest Adventures

Hans Rey Adventure Team - Latest Adventures | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

"That's it, I had enough, I can't stand anymore pubs for at least a month or lets say a week", after spending the last 6 days in an RV camper together with the current Downhill World Cup Champion Steve Peat and Irish photographer Victor Lucas.

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A bunch of guys that combine a pub crawl with riding their bikes over the Irish mountains.  Gives some insight about the countryside and what to expect.

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New Season Winter 2012 Irish Designer Sinead Doyle

New Season Winter 2012 Irish Designer Sinead Doyle | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

After several years working throughout Europe, Irish Fashion Designer Sinéad Doyle returned home in 2008 to launch her own eponymous luxury daywear label.

The Dublin based designer studied fashion at Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 2004. During her time here, she won many awards including the national RTE/Taispeantas prize for creative design with commercial potential at the Young Designer of the Year awards 2003 and the Graduate Collection Shannon Development bursary for further study in 2004.

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S/S 2009 was Sinéad's first collection and launched at Dublin Fashion Week August 2008. Most recently she won the Irish Newcomer of the Year 2011 award at Kerry Fashion Week

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Ballinskelligs Bed and Breakfast for rent in Kerry Ireland

Ballinskelligs Bed and Breakfast  for rent in Kerry Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
Adorable Ballinskelligs Bed and Breakfast - Steeped in history, built in 1845, and surrounded by green rolling hills, the Old School is situated only a mile from beautiful safe beaches.
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Welcome you to beautiful unspoiled Ballinskelligs, nestled between two sandy blue flag beaches and stunning mountains. It is home to Ballinskelligs Abbey where the monks founded their Monastery when they came off Skellig Michael in the 9-century.

 

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Cycling Holidays in Northern Ireland | Reviews on Bikes.org.uk

Cycling Holidays in Northern Ireland | Reviews on Bikes.org.uk | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it
County Antrim is home to what is probably one of Ireland's most famous landmarks; The Giant's Causeway. It is also Ireland's only area that has been dedicated as a World Heritage Site. It is made up of polygonal columns of ...
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Some of the top sites to see when biking through Ireland.

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Rosemary MAMIE Adkins's curator insight, December 25, 2012 10:57 PM

Ireland where all your freams can come true. Visit Norther Ireland, where so many attractions can be found.

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Duke of Devonshire Lismore Castle Ireland

Duke of Devonshire Lismore Castle Ireland | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

While Lismore Castle itself is not open to the public, the beautiful and lovingly maintained public gardens are, as is the west wing of the Castle which houses a wonderful contemporary art gallery. Lismore Castle Gardens and Lismore Castle Arts are open to the public during the Summer months.

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Lismore Castle is perhaps the most spectacular castle in Ireland and has been the Irish home of the Duke of Devonshire since 1753.

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Powerscourt House

Powerscourt House | Imaginary Ireland | Scoop.it

Where Powerscourt House stands today there was once a 13th century medieval castle, owned by the Le Power Family from which ‘Powerscourt’ takes its name. Powerful Irish families including the O’Tooles and the Fitzgeralds battled for possession of the castle and its lands over the succeeding centuries.

 

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Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland! The gardens at Powerscourt were laid out over two main periods. Many of the people involved in their creation and development never saw the gardens completed in their lifetime. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodelled.

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Annes Grove Gardens

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Annes Grove Gardens, a world famous garden, open to the public in Ireland
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The gardens at Annes Grove, created by the late Richard Grove Annesley in the first half of the twentieth century, are a supreme expression of gardening in the Robinsonian manner - the interplanting of native and exotic species into a natural setting with a minimum of formality. For the specialist, the collection of rhododendrons is of particular interest: it includes specimens which were originally raised by Mr. Annesley from seed collected by the late Frank Kingdon-Ward in Tibet and Nepal.

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