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Waterford: Ireland’s Crystal City

The oldest population center in Ireland, Waterford is a beautiful medieval city with a long, proud history and a world-famous export: crystal. Waterford was founded in the 9th century by the Vikings. It was invaded by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century and was the site for several religious battles and a civil war before becoming a tourist hot …

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Ireland’s Historic Castles

A visit to Ireland would not be complete without a visit to one of its historic castles. Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have some fine specimens. Located on the northwest coast of Ireland, Carrickfergus is Ireland’s best-preserved Norman castle. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this massive stone fortress includes a keep, …

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