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Visitor Attractions in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
Butler Gallery actively promotes and affirms the value of the arts to society through a diverse programme of contemporary exhibitions, which reflects the constantly changing nature of visual art practise. The Gallery has a significant permanent collection, which is maintained and safeguarded for the future. Butler Gallery has also developed a significant programme of innovative education projects encouraging the participation of diverse audiences in the activities of Butler Gallery, including family, school, youth, adult and older age programmes. These opportunities encourage meaningful public engagement and contribute to the development of an audience of diverse age groups, backgrounds and abilities.
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Carlow Brewing Company is an independent Irish brewery, founded by the O’ Hara brothers in 1996. The brewery was built on a keen interest in the craft of brewing and a desire to revive a tradition once common in every town and village in Ireland. Situated in the historical hop and malt growing region of Ireland, “the Barrow Valley” region, Carlow Brewing Company blends this heritage with modern production standards to produce premium quality beers with distinctive taste and flavour. A range of award winning stouts and ales are produced under the O’ Hara’s brand name along with the Celtic wheat beer, Curim Gold. Carlow Brewing Company we have gone back to basics and brew their beers as they used to be brewed, with natural ingredients and no artificial additives. This leads to a superior quality product, with robust body, taste, flavour and aroma. This is particularly evident by the many accolades and awards bestowed on our brews and in particular our O’HARA’S Irish Stout.
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Come to the 450 acre estate of Wells House near Gorey and experience an Archery experience you'll never forget. Come and spend a few hours with us as we teach you the basics of archery and shoot our 3D range in the woodlands, suitable for the whole family and fantastic fun. Come and shoot our bears or our flying goose. You can also watch the Falconry displays or have tea & cakes on the lawn.
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Castlecomer Discovery Park is a wonderful 80 acre park, known as Castlecomer Demesne and Estate Yard, it is a place to reconnect and escape with nature, to discover more about our coalmining heritage and contemporary craft. Make the most of the demesne’s natural environment – from fishing and trail walking to traditional skills like stonecarving and pottery.
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This Georgian Walled Garden was built by the Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) family over 200 years ago, before 1814. Restoration work by volunteers, organised by Hook Tourism, began in July 2010, after a five-year licence was signed with the garden’s owners Coillte Teoranta. The original layout of the Walled Garden has been reinstated as it was in the 1830’s.
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The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that lie at its heart. It comprises some 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline consisting of beaches and coves enclosed by rocky headlands. The area is a Geopark, which is not an enclosed park but an area of countryside which is geologically interesting and easy to get at. There is a European Geoparks network - over 30 Geoparks all over Europe; there is also a growing worldwide network of Geoparks associated with UNESCO. Copper Coast is the only European Geopark wholly in the Republic. (There is one which straddles the border - Fermanagh/Cavan). There is an office in Bunmahon in a former Church of Ireland church which the Copper Coast Geopark group are gradually turning into a community, cultural and interpretive centre. Here you can get walking cards and help and guidance on what to do in the area. Copper Coast Geopark. The Copper Coast Geopark is an outdoor museum of geological records. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. You can follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards are available from the Geopark Office in Bunmahon. Guided tours for schools and other groups interested in learning about the geology of the area are also available
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Copper Coast Mini Farm in Waterford is a wonderful little pet farm is run by Valerie and Laurence Curran along with their 3 kids. The pet farm has extensive child friendly facilities including wet weather facilities, an indoor pet area, sandpits with diggers, buckets, and spades, toy tractors to drive around, farm memorabilia and much more. Copper Coast Mini Farm offers a lovely day out and is fun and educational for all the family. Your children can get up close to the animals in a friendly environment. The farm caters for birthday parties and group bookings. There are events throughout the year such as the annual Easter Egg hunt, Santas Grotto and summer barbeque. The farm is wheelchair and buggy accessible and there is a tea room serving homemade refreshments onsite.
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The Dunbrody is an exact replica of the original ship built in 1845. This impressive barque carried thousands of Irish people from the desperation of the Great Famine in Ireland to America, the land that offered them hope of a better life. Located alongside the New Ross docks, the Dunbrody famine ship is a full scale reconstruction of a 19th Century famine ship and authentic replica of the three masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the footsteps of a group of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean. Go below deck and enter the confined spaces, which would be home for passengers and crew for the forty five day voyage. Descend in to the cargo hold, where the exhibition describes the endurance, struggle and triumph over adversity of those 19th Century emigrants as epitomised by the story of the most famous emigrant sons of New Ross, President John F. Kennedy.
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Dunmore Cave boasts some of the largest and most impressive calcite formations in Ireland. The largest of these is known as the Market Cross, a name which in recent years was adopted by a shopping centre in nearby Kilkenny. The cave was once home to a large bat colony, and there are still bats there in some of the darker and deeper parts of the cave, though considerably fewer than in the past. The cave is open year round, from 9.30am – 6.30pm every day from June to September, with earlier closing in other months. The cave is reached via a long and pretty steep flight of steps, which is fine going down but quite a climb coming out, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed. There is no accessibility for wheelchairs or for children’s buggies. There is a small but informative visitor centre, and a tearoom which serves delicious cupcakes is open during the summer months.
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Edmund Rice began his educational mission among the poor of Waterford. His work was strongly supported by the people of the city, though some of his friends thought he was mad to give up a successful business career. However, the people of Waterford always expressed their appreciation for his efforts. It is fitting then that the city should hold pride of place in honouring and telling the story of Edmund Rice whose spirit and mission has spread to all six continents. Knowing the historical and cultural significance of the place, one cannot help but feel motivated and inspired. It's a refreshing change from other visitor centres and a great place for people of all ages to educate and enjoy themselves. After all, it's not easy to find a tourist attraction which appeals to everyone. That's what makes this place so special. Edmund Rice was a man of courage and commitment with a lasting legacy and global appeal. If you're looking for somewhere new, look no further.
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