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Ireland's Ancient East

Stunning Irish heritage, sequestered mountain ranges and captivating coastlines abound here

Welcome to Ireland’s Ancient East!

Ireland’s Ancient East is a region which combines the drama of the Celtic Sea coast with the smooth, beautiful beaches of the Irish coast. This is the home of sequestered mountain ranges like the Blackstairs, the Comeragh and the improbably named Knockmealdowns, all offering a still solitude so rare at these latitudes. And here is where five of Ireland’s great rivers flow into the sea – including the Suir, the Nore and the Barrow, known as the Three Sisters.

Welcome, too, to the sunny South – Wexford’s Rosslare sees the most sunshine of any town in the country. The climate is perfect – the least blustery of any part of Ireland, it also has the record for the highest temperature (33.3 degrees Celsius), at Kilkenny (the clement conditions make tillage and fruit farming uniquely predominant here. Make sure you taste some famous Wexford strawberries or Carlow Rooster potatoes). It’s not all pretty surroundings and lovely vistas, impressive though they undoubtedly are though. Ireland’s Ancient East also has great modern shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, and some of the best places to stay in Ireland.

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