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Top 3 Places to Visit in Ireland.

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Ireland attracts many visitors from all over the world each year but which are the most visited counties in Country?

Coming in at number one is Dublin’s fair city. It is no surprise that our beautiful capital attracts the highest number of tourists. Figures from a 2017 report show that Dublin attracted almost 6 million visitors that year at 5,936,000  and a spend of (€1981m). Dublin offers an array of activities. You can enjoy a cold pint on the quaint streets of temple bar or party until the wee hours on Camden street. If Guinness tickles your fancy, then you can take a tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate. Afterwards you can savour a creamy pint of the black stuff in the Gravity bar which has spectacular panoramic views of the city and the Dublin Mountains.

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Temple Bar Dublin – Image Credit – LNLNLN Pixabay

Whest is best, coming in at number two, Galway.  The report shows that in 2017 the home of the tribesmen was visited by over 1.5 million people (1,673,000) with a spend of over €589m. Galway is undoubtedly one of the most versatile and idyllic counties located on the west coast of Ireland. It’s vibrant bustling little city that is filled with buskers and adorable seafood restaurants. There are so many traditional Irish pubs and most nights you’ll find a trad session in full swing.  From the Gaeltacht regions of Connemara to the crazy nightlife of the city, it’s not hard to see why this is such a hit with the tourists.

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Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway. Image Credit – UkyoKatayama  Pixabay

The people’s republic of Cork came in at third place. The report shows that Cork had over 1.5 million visitors (1,600,000) and a spend of  €631m. Cork is the largest county in Ireland in terms of area at 7,457Km.It is famous for its gourmet  food, with Charleville Cheese in the north of the county to the world renowned Clonakilty Pudding in west. This county is often hailed by its inhabitants as ‘the true capital of Ireland’ and it’s not hard to see why its people love it so much. It has stunning coastlines and picturesque villages. It is a must see for any traveller.

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Cork City, Ireland. – MarcOliver_Artworks Pixabay

Most Visited Counties n Ireland. by Caoimhe Harney

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