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west cork flynnsSkibbereen (Irish: An Sciobairín), is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It is the most southerly town in Ireland.[1] It is located on the N71 national secondary road. The name “Skibbereen” (often shortened to “Skibb”) means “little boat harbour.” The River Ilen which runs through the town reaches the sea at Baltimore.

The fishing village of Baltimore Baltimorein West Cork sits near the very southern tip of Ireland on the beautiful southwest coast. Slightly off the main tourist trail, Baltimore has managed to retain its friendly village atmosphere yet still have plenty to offer the holidaymaker. There are no shopping malls but no shortage of high quality accommodation and great places to eat and drink. Across a superb natural harbour lie Carbery’s Hundred Isles, including the enchanting islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir, just a short ferry ride away from Baltimore pier.

Baile Bhuirne (meaning “the Town of the Beloved”), anglicised as Ballyvourney[1] is a Gaeltacht village in south-west County Cork, Ireland. It is a civil parish in the barony of Muskerry West and is also an ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne[2]

Blarney just 8km (5 miles)blarney castle from Cork City is set in beautiful wooded countryside, it is an ideal base to visit the many wonderful sights of Cork and Kerry. Steeped in history and magical charm, Blarney village offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover.

One of the finest things that impresses the first time visitor is the well preserved village square. Blarney is one of the few villages in Ireland which has such a fine amenity, and today it continues to be a focal point of village life. In Tudor style, Blarney village has developed around the square which is owned and carefully maintained by Blarney Castle Estate. The population of Blarney is small, approximately 2,000, and always on hand to welcome visitors to Blarney.

Some great sights to visit include the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. For many of the visitors to Blarney, their first priority is to kiss the famous Blarney Stone high up on the Castle battlements. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence – “the gift of the gab”, as the locals call it.

“There is a stone that whoever kisses never misses to grow eloquent, he may clamber to a lady’s chamber or become a member of parliament”.

Over 200,000 people visit Blarney Castle each year. The castle, built in the 15th-16th Century, is situated in over a thousand acres of magnificent woodland, on the Blarney Castle Estate, making it the ideal place to take walks and enjoy the clean fresh environment of Blarney.

Castlerea (Irish: An Caisleán Riabhach) is located in the west of County Roscommon, Republic of Ireland. It is the second largest town in the county with a population of 2842 (as of 2006). Translated from Irish, Castlerea can mean Brindled Castle (Caisleán Riabhach) or King’s Castle (Caisleán Rí). The town is built on the River Suck and the River Francis (aka River Cloonard), both tributaries of the River Shannon.

The town is located in the West of Co. Roscommon and is approximately 30km from both Roscommon Town and Boyle, 75km from Galway City

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http://www.baltimore.ie/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skibbereen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyvourney

http://www.cork-guide.ie/blarney/

http://www.firebird.net/roscommon/castlerea.htm