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Leinster

Howth at sunrise, Leinster, Ireland (© jerzybin - Fotolia.com)
Howth at sunrise.
Map of Leinster (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Introduction

The province of Leinster (Laighin in Irish) corresponds to the ancient Kingdoms of Meath (Mide), Osraige and Leinster. From 1169 the Norman rulers of England invaded Ireland and established English settlements around Dublin, an area that became known as The Pale. As The Pale extended, it progressively absorbed the Kingdoms of Meath and Leinster, laying the grounds for the modern province.

Leinster is made up of 12 counties - the most of any Irish province. It extends on 19,800 km² (7,644 sq mi) and has a population of 2.5 million, which is roughly the equivalent of Slovenia or the French region of Lorraine.

Famous people from Leinster include (chronologically): the satirist and essayist Jonathan Swift, the statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke, the writer Oliver Goldsmith, the White House architect James Hoban, the engineer William Dargan, the novelist Bram Stoker, the writer and poet Oscar Wilde, the playwright George Bernard Shaw, the poet and playwright W. B. Yeats, the novelist James Joyce, the aviation pioneer James Fitzmaurice, the Nobel prize novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett, the structural engineer Peter Rice, the actor and director Gabriel Byrne, the actor Pierce Brosnan, and the actor Colin Farrell.



Attractions

County Carlow

outstanding Borris House Hotel
very good Carlow
good Ducketts Grove (ruins)

County Dublin

Dublin
Dublin Castle (© Tupungato - Fotolia.com)
must-see Dublin
Howth
Howth Harbour (© Airi Pung - Fotolia.com)
very good Howth

Malahide Castle & Gardens
Malahide Castle (© spectrumblue - Fotolia.com)
very good Malahide Castle & Gardens

County Kildare

Castletown House
Castletown House (photo by Jason - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
outstanding Castletown House
National Stud's Japanese Gardens
Tea House in the Japanese Gardens of the Irih National Stud in Tully (photo by Peter Clarke - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good National Stud's Japanese Gardens

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip
The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip (photo by Edge977 - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip




Other attractions

good Kildare

County Kilkenny

Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle (© Patryk Kosmider - Fotolia.com)
outstanding Kilkenny
Jerpoint Abbey
Jerpoint Abbey (photo by Andreas F. Borchert - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license)
good Jerpoint Abbey (ruins)

Other attractions

good Callan

County Laois

Emo Court
Emo Court (photo by IrishFireside - Creative Commons 2.0 Generic license)
very good Emo Court
Rock of Dunamase
Rock of Dunamase (photo by Kent Clemmons - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license)
good Rock of Dunamase (ruins)

Other attractions

good Killeshin
good Timahoe

County Longford

very good Carrigglas Manor Hotel
very good Longford

County Louth

Monasterboice
Monasterboice (© spectrumblue - Fotolia.com)
very good Monasterboice
Mellifont Abbey
Mellifont Abbey
good Mellifont Abbey (ruins)

Other attractions

good Drogheda
good Dundalk

County Meath

Boyne Valley (Brú na Bóinne) ※

Knowth
Trim Castle (photo by Guenni (Günter Claßen) - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
outstanding Knowth
Newgrange
Trim Castle (photo by bastique - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
outstanding Newgrange

Other attractions

Slane Castle
Slane Castle (photo by Sitomon - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)
very good Slane Castle
Trim Castle
Trim Castle (photo by Andrew Parnell - Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)
very good Trim Castle


good Hill of Slane
good Hill of Tara
good Loughcrew Passage Tomb

County Offaly

Birr Castle
Birr Castle (© Lukasz Pajor - Fotolia.com)
very good Birr Castle Hotel

Other attractions

good Clonmacnoise (ruins)


County Westmeath

Tullynally Castle
Tullynally Castle (photo by Peter Gavigan - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Tullynally Castle

Other attractions

very good Belvedere House, Gardens & Park
good Fore Abbey (ruins)
good Hill of Uisneach

County Wexford

Johnstown Castle
Johnstown Castle (photo by Ingo Mehling - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Johnstown Castle (Irish Agricultural Museum)

Other attractions

good Hookhead Lighthouse
good Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown
good Slaney Manor Hotel
good Tintern Abbey

County Wicklow

Powerscourt House & Gardens
Russborough House (photo by Amanda Susan Munroe - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
must-see Powerscourt House & Gardens
Russborough House
Russborough House (photo by Dorian IG - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
outstanding Russborough House

Wicklow Mountains
Wicklow Mountains (© Six Drive - Fotolia.com)
outstanding Wicklow Mountains National Park
Glendalough
Glendalough (photo by Schcambo at en.wikipedia - Creative Commons  Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Glendalough

Other attractions

very good Killruddery House & Gardens
good Avondale House & Forest Park
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