Loughcrew

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  • Megalithic burial grounds
  • Built in 3500-3300 BC near the summit and on surrounding hills and valleys
  • Passage tombs are aligned with the Equinox sunrise
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

 

Newgrange

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  • Prehistoric religious monument built during the Neolithic period
  • Built in 3200 BC
  • Sealed for several millennia, it was still spoken of in Irish folklore, said to be the dwelling of the deities
  • Rediscovered and studied in the 17th century
  • Older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Brú na Bóinne

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  • Large megalithic passage grave
  • 1 of 90 additional monuments in the area
  • Associated with Boyne culture
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Skellig Michael

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  • Island that served as a Gaelic Christian monastery dating back to the 6th-8th centuries
  • Abandoned in the 12th century
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Giant’s Causeway

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  • Area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns
  • The results of an ancient volcanic eruption 50-60 million years ago
  • When molten basalt ran through chalk beds, it formed a lava plateau
  • The formation fractured and contracted similar to drying mud, cracks moving downward as the mass cooled
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

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  • Sea cliffs in County Clare
  • The oldest rocks, found at the bottom of the cliffs, show 300 million year old river channels had cut through the landmass
  • Wildlife that can be seen include seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks, and on land, goats, foxes, badgers, and hares

 

Kilmainham Gaol

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  • Former prison and now museum that was used to incarcerate and execute Irish revolutionaries by the British
  • Originally built in 1796 as a dungeon
  • Children were sometimes arrested for petty theft and placed in the prison and adult prisoners were transported to Australia
  • When the Great Famine occurred, the prison was overwhelmed with prisoners

 

St Stephen’s Green

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  • Public park created in 1664
  • The park is surrounded by streets that once formed major traffic arteries through Dublin city center

 

Kilkee Cliff Walk

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  • Walking path that follows the cliff path of the coastline

 

Trinity College, Dublin

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  • College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I
  • Modeled after the universities Oxford and Cambridge, serving the most elite in Europe
  • Built in part to consolidate the rue of the Tudor monarchy in Ireland
  • Catholics were not admitted to the protestant university until 1793

 


 

Costs

all flights $846

food $56/day x 13 days = $728

hotel $85/day x 11 days = $935

tickets (all attractions) $98

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,607