Discovering Ireland’s 32 Counties: Quirky Facts and Hidden Gems in Munster
Ireland’s 32 counties are divided into 4 provinces, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht. Here we’ll continue our journey down to the southern most province of Munster. We’ll uncover fun facts and hidden gems from each of its six counties.
Ireland’s 32 counties: Part 2 – Munster
The province of Munster offers a beautiful example of Ireland’s diverse and captivating counties. From the dramatic cliffs of Clare to the cultural richness of Limerick and the historical wonders of Tipperary. Each county in Munster has its own allure.
Clare, located on the stunningly rugged western coast of Ireland, is famous for its beautiful natural landscapes and scenic coastline. Here, you can explore the famous, breathtaking Cliffs of Moher or go for a walk through the Burren. This unique limestone landscape, which looks almost skeletal like actually has an exceptionally rich diversity of flora and fauna.
County Cork is the largest county in Ireland and is famous for its traditional Irish music and festivals. Cork is home to Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, which supposedly gives the gift of the gab to those who kiss it. Other must-visit places are Cork’s vibrant city and include the English Market, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, and the Cork City Gaol.
Kerry is known as the “Kingdom” and is home to the stunning Ring of Kerry. The scenic drive takes you along the rugged coast and through the beautifully charming villages of Killarney, Beaufort, Killorglin and others. In Kerry, make sure not to miss the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park, or the Skellig Islands. Star Wars fans may recognise these beautiful islands in the movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!
Limerick’s county town, Limerick city is Ireland’s third largest city and one of the oldest. It is home to St. John’s Castle, the world’s western-most intact medieval castle, dating back to 1200. Did you know that the world-famous Irish Coffee was first made in the port village of Foynes? Other wonderful places to visit include the Treaty Stone, the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum and the Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement.
Tipperary is known for its rolling hills, historic sites, and vibrant arts scene. The Rock of Cashel, is an absolute highlight to visit, as well as Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage. For a taste of local culture, visit the Brú Ború Cultural Centre in Cashel, where you can enjoy traditional music and dance performances.
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and is famous for its Viking history, crystal production, and lively festivals. The Waterford Viking Triangle is a must-see and don’t miss out on the Waterford Museum of Treasures and the Waterford Greenway, a beautiful scenic trail for cycling and walking.
Concluding Ireland’s 32 counties: Part 2 – Munster
As we conclude our exploration of the six captivating counties of Munster, it’s clear that this region holds a wealth of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the vibrant streets of Cork to the rugged landscapes of Kerry and the ancient wonders of Tipperary. Each county offers a unique and enriching experience.
So, whether you love history or nature, or are simply looking for new adventures, Munster has something pretty extraordinary to offer everyone. Plan your visit, immerse yourself in the culture and don’t miss the opportunity to explore this incredible corner of Ireland.