South East Ireland Tourism
Travel guide to Ireland's south east
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Ireland's Ancient East

Similar to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ireland's Ancient East initiative aims to promote the south and east’s Irish heritage, including Glendalough, the Boyne Valley and Clonmacnoise.

Ireland’s Ancient East will extend from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley through to the midlands, into Kilkenny’s medieval mile, Waterford’s Viking Quarter and Cork.

Four themes across 5,000 years of Ireland’s history will be the focus of Ireland’s Ancient East:

Ancient Ireland – The Dawn of Civilisation (such as the prehistoric attractions of the Boyne Valley in Newgrange and Carlow’s Brownshill Dolmen)

Early Christian Ireland (for example, Clonmacnoise, Glendalough, Mellifont Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, St Canice’s Cathedral and Holycross Abbey)

Medieval Ireland (featuring Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, the Viking Quarter in Waterford, Hook Head Lighthouse, Trim Castle - below - and the Rock of Cashel)

Anglo Ireland (Ireland’s Great Houses and Gardens as well as sites like the Dunbrody Famine Ship - below - and Wicklow Gaol).

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