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King John’s Castle

On the border of the counties of Limerick and Clare, on the banks of the Shannon River, there is another pearl of Ireland - the...
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King John’s CastleOn the border of the counties of Limerick and Clare, on the banks of the Shannon River, there is another pearl of Ireland - the castle of King John. It was built in 1200-1212, and then expanded and rebuilt many times. In the middle of the 17th century, the city and the castle were captured and devastated by Cromwell.King John’s Castle has an excellent museum where you can learn about the history of Limerick, see the reconstructed Viking dwellings that were found here during excavations, and explore the medieval castle fortifications. The exposition is divided into archaeological and underground zones. You can also visit the castle itself with its observation towers, ramparts and large courtyard.© Evgeni Fabisuk / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland is one of the largest castles in the country, located in County Clare. Originally there was a 15th-century fortress,...
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Dromoland CastleDromoland is one of the largest castles in the country, located in County Clare. Originally there was a 15th-century fortress, which was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century in neo-Gothic style. In the middle of the 20th century, Dromoland Castle became a luxury five-star hotel with a golf course. George Bush, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Richard Branson, Johnny Cash, Bono and John Travolta came here at different times. Several restaurants serve local produce. And in your free time you can go falconry, horseback riding, fishing and archery.Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Lismore Castle

In County Waterford is one of the best castles in Ireland - Lismore, built in the XII century. In the middle of the 19th century it...
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Lismore CastleIn County Waterford is one of the best castles in Ireland - Lismore, built in the XII century. In the middle of the 19th century it was rebuilt in neo-gothic style. During this time, Lismore Castle managed to visit the residence of the bishop and the defensive fortress. Now it is one of the few castles that can be rented for a solemn event. Here you can also stroll through the incredible garden, go fishing, hiking and surfing, play golf, ride bicycles, horseback ride, go boating and even explore the surroundings during a hot air balloon flight.© Michael Clohessy / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Donegal Castle

In the north of Ireland, in County Donegal, there is a 15th-century castle of the same name, which literally rose from ruins. It was...
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Donegal CastleIn the north of Ireland, in County Donegal, there is a 15th-century castle of the same name, which literally rose from ruins. It was built by the head of the O'Donnell clan, then was presented to the English captain Basil Brooke. In the early years of its existence, Donegal Castle was considered one of the best in the whole country. For over 200 years it was in a state of ruin until it was restored in the 1990s. 15th-century techniques were used to install the new roof and floors. Now the castle is open to the public and is the venue for a variety of events.© Donegal castle / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Kilkenny Castle

In the province of Leinster, there is another castle worthy of attention - Kilkenny. It was built in the 12th century by the Earl of...
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Kilkenny CastleIn the province of Leinster, there is another castle worthy of attention - Kilkenny. It was built in the 12th century by the Earl of Pembroke. For 600 years it served as the residence of the Butler family. During this time, Kilkenny Castle has gone through many changes. It is surrounded by a beautiful garden with fountains and sculptures.During the tour, you can see almost all the halls of the fortress, with unique works of art and original interiors. Of particular interest is the Great Hall, where meetings of the General Assembly and the Parliament of the confederation of Ireland were held in the 1640s.© littlenySTOCK / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Ross Castle

The family seat of the O'Donahue clan is on the shores of Loch Lane in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Ross Castle was...
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Ross CastleThe family seat of the O'Donahue clan is on the shores of Loch Lane in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. Ross Castle was built at the end of the 15th century in a classic medieval style. It is one of the last strongholds to fall at the hands of Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s. According to legend, the head of the O'Donahue family still lives at the bottom of the lake and appears on the first morning of May every seven years, riding a white horse.In the halls of Ross Castle, oak furniture of the 16th-17th centuries, as well as works of art, have been preserved. After the tour, you can have a picnic under the spreading trees or take a boat ride on Loch Lane.© Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock #CastlesofIreland

Dublin Castle

One of the most famous historical buildings in Ireland is Dublin Castle, located in the center of the republic's capital. The...
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Dublin CastleOne of the most famous historical buildings in Ireland is Dublin Castle, located in the center of the republic's capital. The current building dates back to the 18th century, although the first building was erected here in the 13th century as a defensive fortress. However, it almost completely burned down as a result of a fire in 1678.Until 1922, English monarchs and viceroys lived in the castle. After that, for ten years there was a judicial complex. Since the 1930s, the castle has been the site of Irish presidential inaugurations. Now, receptions of heads of foreign states, delegations are held here, as well as solemn events.In the castle, you can see nine rooms of state apartments, go down to the Viking dungeon, and see the only tower that remains from the original fortification. There is also the opportunity to visit the Gothic chapel and the Chester Beatty Library, which houses ancient and medieval manuscripts.#CastlesofIreland

Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913 #OldphotosofIreland

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Traditional Irish knitwear, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913

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Traditional Irish knitwear, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland 1 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

Turf Transport, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913

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Turf Transport, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

Currach transporting turf, River Shannon, near Athlone, Ireland, June 1913

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Currach transporting turf, River Shannon, near Athlone, Ireland, June 1913#OldphotosofIreland

House in a gorse bog, South Connemara, Ireland, 29 May 1913

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House in a gorse bog, South Connemara, Ireland, 29 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

Weaving, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913

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Weaving, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

Livestock, the day of the fair, Galway, Ireland, 29 May 1913

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Livestock, the day of the fair, Galway, Ireland, 29 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

Selling fish at the port of Galway, Ireland, 26 May 1913

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Selling fish at the port of Galway, Ireland, 26 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

"Outside car" on the route from Headford to Claregalway, Ireland, 29 May 1913

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"Outside car" on the route from Headford to Claregalway, Ireland, 29 May 1913#OldphotosofIreland

A village wheelwright in County Louth, June 1913

A wheelwright is a person who builds or repairs wheels. This man has treated his doors with the...
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A village wheelwright in County Louth, June 1913A wheelwright is a person who builds or repairs wheels. This man has treated his doors with the same paint as his wheels!#OldphotosofIreland

Main Ní Tuathail, a 14 year old girl from the Claddagh wearing traditional Claddagh dress. Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913.

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Two men making coracles, River Boyne, Oldbridge, Ireland, June 1913

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Two fishermen and a boy, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913

Two fishermen characteristic of the west coast, gentle, pleasant and hardened to...
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Two fishermen and a boy, An Spidéal, Galway, Ireland, 31 May 1913Two fishermen characteristic of the west coast, gentle, pleasant and hardened to poverty.The boy is dressed in a skirt which is common in the region for all boys up to the age of 12.#OldphotosofIreland