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Self Catering Accommodation by County in the South East of Ireland: CarlowKilkennyTipperaryWaterford & Wexford.

Carlow

County Carlow is located in Leinster in the south east of Ireland and is one of the country’s smallest counties. The county’s landscape features a number of beautiful valleys and the lovely Barrow and Burrin rivers. It was here at the meeting of both rivers that Carlow found its name meaning ‘Four Lakes’. Carlow is bordered by the beautiful Blackstairs Mountains. It has a population of around 50,000 people. 

Choosing a holiday home in Carlow will place residents in a beautiful and historically rich county. The historical town of Carlow is home to Carlow Castle. It was built in the early 1200’s and provides a historical connection to the area. Carlow is also the home to the intriguing Brown's Hill Dolmen, the largest capstone in Europe and the likely resting place of an ancient king. 

There are also a number of lovely pubs and restaurants, especially in the town of Carlow. The town houses a thriving market place, where a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats can be purchased.  With a host of events and activities to choose from visitors to the county will be spoilt for choice. The Internationally renowned Eigse Arts Festival is a 10 day extravaganza featuring visual arts, theatre, performance, dance, comedy, literary events and much more.

County Carlow holiday homes are excellent choices because they offer their inhabitants a rich experience of Irish culture and history. Everything from breweries to castles is housed within the picturesque county. The landscape also offers a unique and beautiful view of Ireland. Complete with rivers, valleys, and elaborate gardens, County Carlow has plenty of beauty to offer its visitors. 

County Carlow also offers a plethora of Irish culture, including live music at pubs and restaurants. Storytellers are also common in Carlow and can provide a quaint and delightful glimpse into traditional Irish culture. The nightlife in Carlow is surprisingly vibrant, offering a wide variety of entertainment options. 

Carlow also offers a number of festivals throughout the year, offering events like Annual Rowing Club regatta and an Autumn Walking Festival making County Carlow an excellent holiday destination.

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Kilkenny

County Kilkenny is situated in the south-east corner of the beautiful island of Ireland, and its name is derived from its main city, the City of Kilkenny. The land is mildly hilly. It is divided in half by the River Nore, with other rivers running through the county including the Rivers Barrow and Suir. The climate in this area of Ireland is considered mild and changeable. Approximately 22,000 people reside in this county, and the tourist industry is an important part of the economy of the area.

Staying in a self catering holiday home allows visitors the freedom to explore the many number of unique places to that Kilkenny has to offer. In the medieval city of Kilkenny and the area around it, there are many historic buildings, including the 13th century Kilkenny Castle and the Jerpoint Abbey where visitors can observe the structure of 13th to 16th century tombs along with their beautiful carvings. Another major tourist site is St. Canice’s Cathedral, an exceptional example of medieval architecture. In 2009, Kilkenny City celebrated its 400th year since becoming a city and those living there are rightly proud of their heritage. But historic buildings and carvings are not all there is to explore. Just across the river from the Kilkenny Castle is the Kilkenny Design Centre. It is at this site that visitors to the county can experience modern day County Kilkenny. Contemporary carvings and statuary pieces can be seen here, as well as furniture, jewellery, crafts, and textiles made by those living in the area. Each year, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, a comedy festival, is held, along with several musical concerts. Those who just want to spend a relaxing vacation staying in a holiday home can take advantage of County Kilkenny’s barge cruises on the Barrow River, great fishing, beautiful gardens, and magnificent golf courses.

When traveling to Ireland, specifically to County Kilkenny, there is no better way to discover its secrets than by staying in a Holiday Home. By exploring Ireland by staying in self catering holiday homes visitors can experience the many cultural sites at their own pace. Many of the holiday homes have been designed in the style of those from centuries earlier, enhancing the enjoyment of a trip to this lovely county.

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Tipperary

Tipperary is an inland county in the province of Munster, southwest Ireland. It is one of the largest counties in Ireland with a population of approximately 150,000.  Traditionally a horse breeding county, the Golden Vale as it is know throughout the Island of Ireland, is home to the thoroughbred breeding farm Coolmore Stud, the largest in the world. The River Shannon in North Tipperary feeds Lough Derg, the second-largest lake in Ireland. The Suir River flows through South Tipperary. Shannon Airport is approximately an hour’s drive away.

Whatever the interest, there is much to do in the county. Sightseeing is a major attraction in Tipperary. Its more than 30 towns and include Carrick on Suir, Clonmel, Cahir, Tipperary, Ashel and Fethard. The county’s distinctive set of landmarks include the mighty Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster and the magnificent 12th Century Cahir Castle. Famous for equestrian activities, horseback riding stables are located in many towns, tourist areas and near some of the many holiday homes in Tipperary. The county boasts several golf courses with panoramic views of the countryside. For anglers, Lough Derg, the Suir River and the River Shannon provide excellent fishing. Tipperary Crystal, founded in 1988, has many stores in the county and throughout Ireland. For sports enthusiasts, watch a game Irish football or the ancient sport of hurling. 

Holiday homes in Tipperary County are available throughout the county, making it easy to experience Ireland’s rich and long history. Cashel is also home to the Cashel Heritage Centre. Come to Tipperary to sightsee, relax, enjoy the beautiful landscape and experience rural Ireland in your very own traditional Irish Cottage. The County of Tipperary can offer visitors to the region an unique sense of Ireland’s rich heritage.

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Waterford 

Those interested in all things Irish will immediately recognise the name Waterford for its beautiful and unparalleled crystal. Indeed, Waterford Crystal is a household name because of the delicate craftsmanship and artistic design etched in the delicate and decorative crystal.

Founded by the Vikings in 914 A.D., the city of Waterford, in Waterford County, is the oldest on the Emerald Island and the most prominent in the Southeast Region of the country. It is home to approximately 108,000 people who enjoy a cultural array of museums, art galleries and theatres in particular the Theatre Royal in Waterford City. Sports, especially GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) are also extremely popular among young and old, a perfect past time for all to try out while renting a holiday home in Co Waterford.

Visitors will find a variety of things to do and see while staying at their holiday homes in Waterford. Whether it’s horseback riding, golfing, taking long, leisurely strolls along scenic byways and trails, fishing or riding bikes there is something for everyone on holiday in Waterford. Reginald’s Tower, the oldest building in all of Ireland, and the first to use mortar is a big tourist attraction for it is here where the Vikings in 9 BC made their initial mark. It is just one of the remainders of the city’s Viking past as there are several such buildings that comprise what is known as the Vikings Quarter. The River Suir runs through Waterford and the rich maritime history of Waterford has made it one of the most prominent ports in the region. 

Those visiting in summertime will want to coordinate their holiday with the famous Spraoi Festival, which draws an estimated 80,000 festival-goers from all over the country. It is a must-see for those who love parades, music, arts and family fun. Those visiting in 2011 will want to be sure and check out the Tall Ships Festival which drew an estimated 450,000 people in 2005 and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser when it returns in 2011. 

Getting around Waterford is easy via excellent access routes by rail and bus that connects Waterford to Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Rosslare. Visitors will find that once they make that initial trip to Waterford, they will be eager to return to a holiday home in the South East region of Ireland.

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Wexford

Wexford’s natural charm and beauty shine through in one of its defining characteristics- known as the sunny south east. Sunshine and warmth greet visitors who hurry to enjoy the scenic beaches that are scattered throughout the county. Cahore and Raven Point combine to form the longest stretch of beach in all of Ireland. The county’s 47,000 people happily greet travellers each year. Its wealth of sunshine, historical sights, beaches, and wildlife make it an ideal holiday destination for the entire family. For those who rent a holiday home in Wexford, there’s no need to travel to enjoy the scenery. Simply plan your next trip and begin the fun. 

A Wexford holiday home is a ticket to the county’s amazing outdoor pursuit centres. Shielbaggan is noted for its weekly adventure packages for children. Located near the Hook Peninsula and the Saltee Islands of the county, Shielbaggan has a generous offering of rock climbing, canoeing, and snorkelling to offer its visitors. Cycling, golf, and bowling are other popular activities in Wexford. For the less active traveller, the Irish National Heritage Park is composed of 16 historical sites that detail Ireland’s past from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. Wexford Boat charters allow you travel by water through a guided tour of the area. It’s a fun way to learn all about Wexford. Wexford is also the home of many wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, and spectacular mountains. At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, The Ferryman pub is a great place for adults to have the ‘craic’. Irish food and live music are served in healthy portions and pints of Guinness are never out of reach during a visit to this charming pub.

Wexford’s natural beauty, historical sites, and outdoor sports give a family every reason to consider a Wexford holiday home. This cosy Sunny South east county will give travellers a healthy portion of sunshine, history, and adventure.

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