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Have a craic at an Irish holiday; From a pint of Guinness to kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland has plenty to offer. Check out our top five places to visit.

1 GUINNESS STOREHOUSE THE Guinness Storehouse, at St.

James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, has welcomed more than four million visitors - and if you like a pint, tShen this will be high on your list of must-sees.

The Storehouse introduces the beer's four ingredients, water, barley, hops and yeast, as well as the brewery's founder, Arthur Guinness. Other floors feature the history of Guinness advertising.

There's an interactive exhibit that encourages responsible drinking, and a live installation showing the present day brewing process.

The seventh floor houses the Gravity Bar where visitors may claim a complimentary pint of Guinness and enjoy 360deg views over Dublin.

2 CLIFFS OF MOHER THE most famous and breathtaking parts of Ireland's craggy west coastline are the Cliffs of Moher, which feature some of the most breathtaking views on the entire island.

The cliffs stretch for almost five miles and rise up to 702ft over the waters of the Atlantic ocean. The amazing view from the top includes the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains.

The landscape and seascape of the Cliffs of Moher have, for centuries, welcomed a multitude of visitors.

Close to one million people a year now travel to this iconic location.

3 BLARNEY CASTLE SITUATED five miles from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it - the gift of the gab.

You'll have to bend over backwards to do it properly because the stone is set in the wall below the battlements. There is a railing to hold on to but it will be one of your more embarassing photos.

The word Blarney was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending.

4 THE BOOK OF KELLS THE Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament.

Created by Celtic monks in 800 AD or slightly earlier, it is a masterwork of calligraphy and is widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. It is on permanent display at the Trinity College Library in Dublin, and is up there with, say, the Mona Lisa as a must-see.

The library usually displays two of the four volumes at a time, one showing a major illustration and the other showing typical text pages.

5 HOLY CROSS ABBEY THE Holy Cross Abbey in Tipperary is a restored Cistercian monastery situated on the River Suir. It takes its name from a relic of the True Cross or Holy rood. The fragment of that Holy rood was brought to Ireland by the Plantagenet Queen, Isabella of Angouleme around 1233.

The Sacristan of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican provided an authenticated relic of the Holy Cross - and the emblem of the Jerusalem Cross, or Crusader Cross, has been restored for the Abbey.


Book of Kells, above, the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin, top, the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, above, and Holy Cross Abbey, right

The Cliffs of Moher are a stunning feature of the Irish coastline
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Apr 25, 2013
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