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Romantic Gougane Barra: Pass of Keimaneigh, Co. Cork

Gougane Barra, Ireland’s first forest park, is secreted away in a glacial valley. Surrounded by the Sheehy Mountains the former monastic site is a popular venue for Irish weddings. A small Romanesque-style oratory sits on an island in the lake, reflected romantically in the still waters. Over 1,000 acres of woods and mountains contain walking […]

Castle Ward, Classical Gothic Fantasy: Strangford, Co. Down

  Castle Ward is an eccentric, historic 18th Century mansion overlooking Strangford Lough. Built by Bernard Ward 1st Viscount Bangor and his wife Anne, the battling spouses each wanted a different design. He wanted Palladian style with columns, pediments and clean lines. She adored the neo-Gothic genre that was the rage at the time. They […]

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