Snapshot: Ireland

From Dublin to Belfast, Galway to Cork, our photo essay takes you inside the lush emerald island of Ireland.

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The nearly two-centuries old Ha'penny Bridge is a favorite scenic landmark for Dublin, Ireland travelers and locals.Shutterstock
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A view of historic Dublin, Ireland as seen from across the River Liffey. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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Dublin, Ireland's historic customs house – pictured here at dusk – is a favorite photo-op for visitors. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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For locals and travelers alike, Dublin, Ireland's famed Temple Bar area is the most popular place in town to find a pint of Guinness and a good time. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
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One of Dublin, Ireland's hottest spots for traditional Irish nightlife is Oliver St. John Gogarty's in Temple Bar. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
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It wouldn't be a trip to Ireland without a stop at a local pub for a pint of Guinness. If you're not a true dark beer fan, order it with a splash of black currant. Return to Main PageAshley Fraxedas
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The Irish countryside is filled with castles and ruins from days long past, such as the Kilkenny Castle shown here. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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Ireland's** County Clare Castle** is a scenic photo-op for travelers. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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Situated near Shannon and Limerick, Bunratty Castle is a gorgeous addition to Ireland's twilight landscape. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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St. Patrick's Quay in Cork,** Ireland** is a postcard-perfect spot to take a stroll and soak up the small town's charm.Shutterstock
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One of Ireland's top natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher offer sweeping views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Return to Main PageShutterstock
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The largest city in Northern Ireland and second largest on the island overall, Belfast is a decade removed from its troubled political past and is experiencing a huge tourism boom today. Now, it's often listed among the top must-visit destinations worldwide in varioud travel guides. Return to Main PageShutterstock