The province of Munster (Mumhain in Irish) corresponds almost exactly to the ancient Kingdom of Munster, which existed from the 4th to the 12th century. Munster is particularly famous for Irish traditional music and harp players. In sports, Munster excels at rugby and hurling. Most of the early medieval Ogham inscriptions in Old Irish language are found in Munster, especially in County Kerry.
Munster has the largest land area of any Irish province, with 24,675 km² (9,527 sq mi). Its population is only of 1.2 million, slightly more than Dublin's urban area. Munster's largest city is Cork, with 120,000 inhabitants. The Shannon Free Zone, in County Clare, has attracted over 100 multinational companies thanks to its generous corporate tax policy. It is adjacent to Shannon Airport, once the largest airports for commercial flights between Europe and North America, in the aftermath of WWII.
Famous people from Leinster include (chronologically): the scientist and inventor Robert Boyle, the political leader Daniel O'Connell, the submarine designer John Philip Holland, the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins, the Nobel Prize physicist Ernest Walton, Irish President Patrick Hillery, and the radio and television broadcaster Terry Wogan.
Ballycrovane Ogham Stone
Blennerville Windmill is Europe's tallest and most westernly windmill. It is also the biggest functional windmill in Britain and Ireland.
The thatched village of Adare has been dubbed Ireland's prettiest village.
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Askeaton Castle & Franciscan Friary
Cahir Castle is the best preserved medieval castle in Ireland. It featured in the 1981 film Excalibur.
Ormond Castle (ruins)
Rock of Cashel
Dromana House & Gardens
Ardmore Round Tower and Cathedral (ruins)
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