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Golf Holidays in Ireland

Golf Holidays in Ireland | Golf Holidays in South East Ireland | Golf Breaks in South East Ireland

The sunny southeast encompasses five counties, and is an area rich in historical remains that recall the passage of the Celts, Vikings, Normans, and Anglo-Saxons. This is a land of fertile valleys and glens, and beautiful white sandy beaches stretching from Arklow Head to Youghal Bay. This area has some of the finest castles, monastic remains, churches, and archaeological sites. Each county has its own character, with most towns hosting a museum of sorts and larger towns having a heritage centre detailing their history.

Transportation to the Southeast varies depending on your origination. From Europe there are the car ferries and air transportation to Waterford Regional Airport. Within Ireland there are trains, buses, and car rentals.

The Irish love sports. There is nothing quite like games of hurling and Gaelic football. Skill and speed are the prerequisites. The games are thrilling, exciting, and fun to watch. Horseracing, greyhound racing, and cycle racing are prevalent, with many tracks in the area. Horse riding is available from approved stables and riding schools, which range from one hour to a whole day excursion. Along the coast and the river valleys are every conceivable water sport - swimming, sailing, and canoeing.

Fishing for brown trout, pike, breem, rudd, perch, salmon, and other kinds of fish are available in the finest waters. Sea fishing is available as well. A state license is required for salmon fishing, available at most tackle dealers. Trout or course fishing does not require a state license, but a permit is required from the fishing club on whose property you plan to fish. The season for salmon fishing begins February 1st, trout season begins March 1st, and both end September 30th.

Golf courses range from championship to pitch and putt. The Southeast, or sometimes referred to as 'The Sunshine Circuit', boast 25 golf courses with various levels of challenge. There are additional par three courses and pitch and putt.

If you enjoy horse riding, there are many equestrian centers that offer such variety from beach treks, cross-country events, horse racing, and shows, to hunting, polo, and advanced instruction. Purchasing horses can be arranged as well.

There are many types of accommodations, from simple and comfortable, to more elegant and luxurious, all of them extending traditional Irish hospitality. There are restaurants and menus to suit every taste and budget. Nightlife is extensive, from traditional music pub sessions, to outdoor festivals in the summer. There are also many theatres, concerts, and cabarets throughout the region.

County Carlow
County Carlow offers magnificent scenery, from rich pastures to mountains, and cruising along the River Barrow. There are many archaeological sites, castles, and forts to visit. There is coarse fishing in the River Barrow and trout fishing in the River Slaney. You can take advantage of guided tours and guided walks; visit gardens, museums, and art galleries. Along with many types of accommodations, there are excellent restaurants, lively pubs, and nightclubs.

County Kilkenny
County Kilkenny is the medieval capital, and the best-presented Norman city. It offers an abundance of historic sites, abbeys, churches, forest parks, and natural wonders. Kilkenny is a national centre for crafts and design, using several mediums of art, which can be viewed by visiting the many studios. There are exhibitions and museums, gardens, guided tours, greyhound racing, golf, and a wide variety of leisure centres.

County Tipperary
County Tipperary is surrounded by the Galtee Mountains, the River Suir, and lush green landscapes. The Rock of Cashel, documented since the 4th Century, is the place where St. Patrick converted King Aenghus to Christianity, and where Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland. There are many activities to enjoy in Tipperary including championship golf courses, sport fishing, history, horse racing, hunting, and good night life.

Cashel, once the Seat of Kings is now a heritage town. Visit the Cashel Folk Village, various abbeys and Bru Boru's, the heritage centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green. It is home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, theatre, and Celtic studies. It offers a restaurant, craft centre, recreation chamber, information centre, and genealogy suite.

Located in a fertile plane below The Rock of Cashel is the magnificent ruin of Hore Abbey. Hore Abbey was built by the Cistercian monks in the 13th century.

Cahir is well worth a visit to the 15th Century Cahir Castle, thirty minutes from Cashel.

Tipperary Town is a 12th Century town with lots of history, and many indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

County Waterford
County Waterford is a maritime county with fishing villages and resorts, along with a mountainous hinterland. It is home to Waterford Crystal and Waterford Castle. There are many abbeys, cathedrals and round towers to view, craft studios and workshops, and museums. For the active sport enthusiast, there are activities such as cycling, equestrian, fishing and golfing. Waterford boasts a Gaeltacht area at An Rinn (Ring), where Irish is the first language used on a daily basis.

Lismore is a heritage town. It was an ancient seat of learning, dating back to 636. The history is told at the heritage centre.

County Wexford
County Wexford is bordered by the Irish Sea and the Celtic Sea. It is situated on Saint George's Channel. County Wicklow is north and the River Barrow and Blackstairs Mountains are to the west. The landscape ranges from rolling countryside to mountains, and forests to sea. The Slaney River is the principal river in the county. Wexford offers coastal villages and sunny beaches, wildlife reserves, a Strawberry Fair, and an international Opera Festival in early fall. There are many historic sites, castles, and abbeys to visit. The Irish Heritage National Park is located in this area.

Wexford was the first part of Ireland to be invaded by the Anglo-Normans in 1169 and played an important role in the 1798 Rising at Enniscorthy. The main towns are Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey and New Ross. The heritage town of Wexford was a 9th Century Viking settlement. Wexford Town was a prehistoric Celtic settlement. After the Vikings invaded, they combined two settlements to form the town.

County Tipperary North
Lough Derg is Ireland's Pleasure Lake and the River Shannon's largest lake. Here you can enjoy your own self-driven luxury cruiser. The mountains of the Devils Bit, Silvermines, and Sliabh Felim provide an easy climbing experience. Near Thurles is Holycross Abbey, one of Ireland's important monastic sites. Nenagh, one of the chief towns of North Tipperary, has one of largest castle keeps, standing 100 ft high. The heritage centre is located across the road. There are other interpretative centres within the area.

Golf holidays in Ireland is a must for any travelling golfer!

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