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Airports

Belfast City Airport
Belfast International Airport
Derry Airport
Dublin Airport
Cork Airport
Cork City
Galway Airport
Kerry Airport
Knock Airport
Shannon Airport

Towns

Belfast Downtown
Cavan
Coleraine
Dublin South City
Dublin North City
Dublin Rathgar
Galway City
Killarney Town Centre
Rosscommon Town
Rosslare Ferryport

Counties in Ireland

There are 32 counties in Ireland with 6 of them in Northern Ireland.

Although the country is still partitioned, travel is easy now between Northern Ireland and the Republic because of the European Union.

The money is different, however. Northern Ireland is on the British Pound and the Republic is now on the Euro.

In spite of the small differences, the Irish are Irish everywhere so expect to be treated well when you travel to the North or to the South.

You will especially enjoy staying in Irish hotels. For centuries, the Irish have been known for their hospitality. When you stay in an Irish hotel, you will, indeed, feel the 1,000 welcomes Ireland is famous for.

Counties are very important in Ireland. We've listed a bit about each one below with their Irish name and meaning.

On each of our county pages, you will find local resources, local hotels and our car hire booking engine.

We also recommend renting a car in Ireland.

The rates are quite good compared to other countries and having a car handy is sometimes the only way to see the beautiful valleys and coastlines of this spectacular island.

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Antrim (NI)

Aontroim - Solitary Farm

The Glensmen

Ballymena Town is the natural geographic centre of County Antrim, an equal distance (approximately 30 miles) from both the city of Belfast and the magnificent scenery of the Causeway Coast, and a perfect base for exploring the Nine Glens of Antrim.

Belfast
Dunadry
Larne
Portstewart

Armagh (NI)

Ard Mhacha - Macha's Hill

The Orchard County

The spiritual capital of Ireland for 1,500 years and the seat of both Protestant and Catholic archbishops, Armagh is one of the most venerated of Irish cities.

St Patrick called Armagh 'my sweet hill' and built his stone church on the hill where the Anglican cathedral now stands.

Armagh City
Portadown

Carlow

Ceatharlach - Four Lakes

The Scallion Eaters

County Carlow is bordered by the Blackstairs Mountains to the east and the Barrow Valley below the Killeshin Hills in the west.

Ardattin
Ballon
Carlow Town
Tullow

Cavan

Cabhan - A Hollow

The Breffni Men

County Cavan is a lovely place to stay in Ireland, especially if you fish. There are over 350 lakes in the county.

Arva
Arvagh
Ballyconnell
Bawnboy
Belturbet
Cavan Town
Crossdoney
Killeshandra
Mountnugent
Kingscourt
Virginia

Clare

Clar - Level Area of Land

The Banner County

County Clare is the home of traditional Irish music. It also has some of the most spectacular views in all of Ireland.

From the lakes of east Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, it feels like the county was designed specifically to delight visitors.

Shannon Airport Hotels
Ballyvaughan
Bunratty
The Burren
Clarecastle
Corofin
Curran
Cratloe
Doolin
Doonbeg
Ennis
Ennistymon
Fanore
Feakle
Kilfenora
Kilkee
Killaloe
Kilshanny
Lahinch
Liscannor
Lisdoonvarna
Miltown Malbay
Mountshannon
Newmarket on Fergus
Quilty
Quin
Scariff
Shannon
Sixmilebridge
Spanish Point
Tulla

Cork

Corcaigh - Marshland

The Rebel County

Because of Cork's "free-spirited" nature, it is called the "Rebel County" and has seen its share of uprisings.

During the Irish war of independence, Terence MacSweeney, Mayor of Cork, was sent to prison because he belonged to the IRA. He died at the end of a 76 days hunger strike.

Ballylickey
Baltimore
Bandon
Bantry
Bere Island
Blarney
Castlelyons
Castlemartyr
Castletownbere
Clonakilty
Cobh
Cork City
Douglas
Dunkettle
Dunmanway
Fermoy
Glengarriff
Kilcrohane
Kinsale
Lough Ine
Macroom
Mallow
Rosscarbery
Sherkin Island
Skibberdeen
Youghal

Derry (NI)

Doire - Oak

The Oak Leaf County

Home to the Sperrin Mountains, a monastery was founded beside the River Foyle in 546 AD by Saint Columba.

But, because of the name, Derry is known to be much older, going back into prehistoric times.

Donegal

Dun na nGall - Fort of the Foreigners

The T�r Conaill Men

Some of the oldest history in Ireland can be traced to Donegal.

Two miles south of Raphoe is a megalithic monument called the Beltany Stone, dating from 2000 BC.

Ballybofey
Ballyliffin
Ballyshannon
Buncrana
Bundoran
Donegal Town
Downings
Frosses
Glenties
Killybegs
Letterkenny
Milford
Ramelton

Down (NI)

Dun - Fort

The Mourne Men

County Down holds within its boundaries some of the most beautiful sceneries in the world including the Mountains o' Mourne and the Ards Peninsula where Saint Patrick sailed into in 432 AD and soon died.

Bangor
Newry

Dublin

Baile Atha Cliath - Black Pool

The Dubs

Dublin is full of famous fun places as well as some not so famous.

Spend a day on the double-decker bus and you'll get a good feel of what you might want to see on your visit there.

Dublin Airport Hotels
Castleknock
Clontarf
Killiney
Lucan
Saggart

Fermanagh (NI)

Fir Manach - Clan of Manach

The Erne County

In the ancient island town of Enniskillen, you'll find a castle that was the medieval seat of the Maguires, chieftains of Fermanagh, who policed the lough with a private navy of 1,500 boats.

Beleek
Enniskillen
Irvinestown

Galway

Gaillimh - Stony River

The Tribesmen

From Connemara to Galway City, this county is a tourist's delight. Part of the Quiet Man was filmed here.

It is one of the gateways to the Aran Islands and holds a brilliant oyster festival each year.

Ballynahinch Castle
Carna
Carraroe
Clifden
Connemara
Corrandulla
Craughwell
Derroe
Galway Bay
Inis Mor
Kinvara
Merlin Park
Oranmore
Portumna
Salthill
Taum
Taylors Hill

Kerry

Ciarrai - Clan of Ciar

The Kingdom

The Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay, really old stone dwellings, all these and the best weather in Ireland are found in County Kerry.

In ancient times, Kerry was called the 'kingdom." It is situated in the extreme south-west of Ireland.

Some of the most beautiful parks in Ireland are in Kerry.

Ballybunion
Ballyheigue
Ballylongford
Caherdaniel
Cahersiveen
Castlemaine
Dingle
Kenmare
Killarney
Lakes of Killarney
Parknasilla
Ring of Kerry
Tarbert
Tralee
Waterville

Kildare

Cill Dara - Church of Oak

The Lily Whites

Racing at the Curragh, Punchestown and Naas takes place all year with some of the best meetings in the country�s racing calendar, including the Irish Derby in June.

Athy
Ballymore Eustace
Castledermot
Leixlip
Maynooth
Monasterevin
Naas
Straffan

Kilkenny

Cill Chainnigh - Church of St. Canice

The Cats

A wonderful mixture of present time and antiquity awaits you in Kilkenny.

Memories of ancient battles won and lost, historic buildings, and beautiful buildings along the river Nore.

Dunamaggan
Freshford
Inistioge
Jenkenstown
Kilkenny City
Maddoxtown

Laois

Lughaidh Laeighseach - A Chieftain

The O'Moore County

From the Abbeyleix Heritage Centre where you can experience the authentic recreation of the factory's interior in the early 1900's to Ballaghmore Castle, built in 1480 by the Gaelic Chieftain, MacGiollaphadraig (see if you can pronounce that), County Laois offers a wealth of things to do.

Ballacolla
Coolrain
Durrow
Portlaoise

Leitrim

Liatroim - Grey Ridge

Lovely Leitrim

Drumshanbo is situated on the southern shore of the vast Lough Allen, the first of the river Shannon's great lakes.

There are ten other lakes within a 6 km radius of the town. Pike of up to 20 lbs have been taken from the river near the town and in excess of 30 lbs from Lough Allen.

Ballinamore
Carrick-on-Shannon
Carrigallen
Drumshanbo
Leitrim Village
Mohill

Limerick

Luimneach - Barren Land

The Shannonsiders

Lough Gur, neat the Village of Bruff is one of Ireland�s most important archaeological sites.

The visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC.

Adare
Ballingarry
Bruff
Castleconnell
Castletroy
Doon
Limerick City
Lough Gur
Newcastle West
Patrick's Well
Raheen

Longford

Longfort - Encampment

Has the Longford Research Centre and St. Mel's College

Longford Town
Rossiner

Louth

Lu - Named after the Celtic god, Lugh

The Wee County

The world saw the beauty of County Louth when the County Louth Golf Club recently hosted the Nissan Irish Open.

Bellingham Castle
Carlingford
Drogheda
Dundalk

Mayo

Maigh Eo - Plain of Yews

The Westerners

From the village where John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara filmed the Quiet Man to Castlebar, where the "Races of Castlebar" were held in 1798, Mayo is a must-see county in Ireland.

Ballina
Ballycastle
Castlebar
Cong
Knock
Louisburg
Westport

Meath

Mi - Midlands

The Royals

From the splendor of Newgrange, one of Europe's most spectacular prehistoric tombs to the magic and mystery of Tara, ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, you'll discover the Boyne Valley resonates with history and adventure.

Bettystown
Dunboyne
Kells
Kilmessan
Kiltale
Navan
Trim

Monaghan

Muineachain - Little Hills

The Magic Mons

County Monaghan, Ireland offers historical information and resources.

Carrickmacross
Coolshannagh
Glaslough
Inniskeen
Monaghan Town

Offaly

Ua Failghe - Clan of F�ilghe

The Faithful County

Offaly is in the centre of Ireland. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are to the south and the rest of the county is largely level plain and bog land.

In the west, the River Shannon separates Offaly from Counties Galway and Roscommon.

Banagher
Birr
Kinnitty
Tullamore

Roscommon

Ros Coman - St. Coman's Wood

Lough Key Forest Park, Strokestown Park House, the Shannon Basin, the river Suck Valley and Rathcroghan, Clonalis, the ancestral home of the O'Connors (who produced Ireland's last two High Kings) are all in this county.

Castlerea
Castlecoote
Roscommon Town

Sligo

Sligeach - River Shelly

The Yeats County

Coastline, mountains and beautiful lakes make up Sligo, the county identified as the inspiration for Yeats.

Tipperary

Tiobraid Arainn - Well of Ara

The Stone Throwers

The river Suir is well appointed with brown trout.

Along the shores of Lough Derg, Ireland's Pleasure Lake, are many picturesque villages, including Dromineer, Terryglass and Garrykennedy.

Cahir
Clonmel
Holycross
Nenagh
Roscrea
Thurles
Tipperary Town

Tyrone (NI)

Tir Eoghain - Territory of Eoghan

The Red Hand County

Irish Family History in Tyrone has hundreds of rare, Searchable Databases, as well as other essential geneology resources.

Cookstown
Omagh

Waterford

Vadrefiord - Viking Port

The Decies County

Waterford crystal is, perhaps, the most famous Irish brand world wide (next to Guinness, of course).

Originally known as "Penrose Glass," Waterford crystal was first made by the brothers George and William Penrose in 1783.

The brothers knew the secret of mingling minerals and glass to create crystal like no other and their techniques are still used today.

When tapped, it sings sweetly like an Irish tenor.

When touched, it feels warm and soft like an Irish kiss.

Arthurstown
Castlebridge
Foulksmills
Gorey
Newbawn
Wellington Bridge

Westmeath

Iarmhi - West Midlands

The Lake County

Spectacular lakes and great fishing are found here.

Athlone
Mullingar

Wexford

Loch Garman - Viking Lake

The Model County

Wexford is called the "Secret Island."

It is a fine mix of valleys and mountains blessed with a good climate.

Castlebridge
Foulksmills
Gorey
Newbawn
Wellington Bridge

Wicklow

Vikinglow - Meadow of the Vikings

The Garden County

From sandy beaches to those haunting mountains, County Wicklow, known as the "Garden County" is rich in natural and human history.

Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, is famous around the world for its monastic settlement dating back to the 6th century.

Avoca
Bray
Rathdrum