Learn the stories of a place and you'll come to understand the soul of its people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland's Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With the maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration, you're about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place.
... is right here, in this lush green landscape. Over 5,000 years of history lie buried within the verdant meadows, bustling towns and rugged stone monuments of Ireland's Ancient East. Each landmark has its stories to tell, as indeed do the locals, who delight in telling tales that are rich in famous battles and magic rituals.
Locals hold the key to a history that's never far away.
Feel the layers of history in big houses, along famine roads and on quaysides.
Swashbuckling stories need dramatic locations and brave heroes and heroines.
The story of Ireland’s Maritime Gateway is one of times, tides and poignant farewells.
Ireland's early history is wrapped in legends that resound within the culture today.
Follow the ancient pilgrim routes to discover Saints and Scholars at every turn.
Find traces of the Vikings in Ireland... if you know where to look.
Discover Ireland's legendary passion for the rumble of chariots and the thunder of hooves.
Follow in ancient footsteps as you journey along the Shannon River and its tributaries.
Celebrate the origins of Halloween, with fun by day, frights by night October 15 - November 1
World-class jazz musicians, performing in over 70 Cork venuesOctober 28-31
A feast of a weekend festival for all food loversOctober 28-31
Discover opera's forgotten artistic gems and masterpieces October 26 - November 6
Spend time exploring Ireland's magnificent houses
Treat your tastebuds to the rich bounty of Ireland’s Ancient East
Meet our craftpeople and uncover over 5,000 years of art and design
Discover the stunning waterways of Ireland’s Ancient East