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  • Top 10 things to experience in 2016
  • Forest rambles
  • Gems of the Lakelands
  • Something different for friends
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  • A plate with Irish salmon and vegetables
  • Friends hiking in the countryside of Ireland's Ancient East
  • A couple walking around the library in Trinity College Dublin
A year of adventure From exploring the Ireland's Ancient East, sampling platters of delicious food, and losing yourself in Irish history and books, you're guaranteed to find everything you're looking for.

Make 2016 the ultimate year in Ireland, and experience the country and culture like never before.


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Take a hike! This winter discover nature with a walk through some of Ireland's forest parks.

Follow a trail deep into the woods for a day of fresh air and fun.

To get started, we've gathered some of our top tips for forest walks in Ireland.


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Explore the Lakelands Discover some of the best scenic and historical attractions that Ireland's Lakelands have to offer.

From castles to forests and parks to mines, you'll never be stuck to find an exciting adventure.

Take a look at some of the incredible locations on our list.


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This is what friendship is made of Get out and about this month and test the bonds of your friendships with some exciting challenges.

Learn a new skill or take up cycling - from adventures to festivals, get your gang ready for some fun.


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Search for short breaks in Ireland and spend some time with friends.

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Sports events and ralliesGet your adrenaline pumping with a sports event in Ireland.

Irish festivalsSpend time enjoying unique festivities all across the county.

Irish fairs and marketsVisit an Irish fair or market—get started with the Irish Game and Country Fair.

Find a romantic walkGo walking in Ireland and get close to nature amongst Ireland's breathtaking scenery.


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Irish literatureRead a gripping book and wile away the day.

Visual arts and architectureExplore cutting edge design from the past, present and future.

Gallery exhibitionsVisit Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Irish craftInspire yourself with modern Irish craft trails or visit the National Craft Gallery.


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Fun for grown-ups

Friends walking in the parkEnjoy some quality time together—from amazing markets to live music, you're sure to find plenty of things to do with friends in Ireland.

Discover great events and fun adventures this month for a fantastic time with friends.

Find a taste of Ireland

Atlantic Irish SeaweedIrish seaweed is delicious - join a workshop in Kerry to sample it for yourself.

Irish Food TrailsEnjoy traditional Irish cuisine and hear some great yarns at this Dublin experience.

Cloughjordan HouseLearn how to grow vegetables and gain an understanding of a working farm.

Wilde Irish ChocolatesFeast your eyes and taste buds with a visit to this tasty factory shop in Co Clare.


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Find some pampering

Brandon House HotelFind a spa treatment at Solas Croí Eco Spa at Brandon House this winter.

Hayfield Manor HotelVisit Hayfield Manor Hotel and try the Beautique Health and Treatment rooms.

Lyrath EstateFind a luxury spa in Kilkenny - Oasis Spa, Lyrath Estate and Spa Hotel will spoil you

Lough Eske CastleVisit Lough Eske Castle for the perfect spa treatment this winter.


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