Snapshot: Ireland

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

A view of historic Dublin, Ireland as seen from across the River Liffey. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
Dublin, Ireland's historic customs house – pictured here at dusk – is a favorite photo-op for visitors. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
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 Page | Ashley Fraxedas
One of Dublin, Ireland's hottest spots for traditional Irish nightlife is Oliver St. John Gogarty's in Temple Bar. Return to Main Page | Ashley Fraxedas
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 Page | Ashley Fraxedas
The Irish countryside is filled with castles and ruins from days long past, such as the Kilkenny Castle shown here. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
Ireland's** County Clare Castle** is a scenic photo-op for travelers. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
Situated near Shannon and Limerick, Bunratty Castle is a gorgeous addition to Ireland's twilight landscape. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
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
One of Ireland's top natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher offer sweeping views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Return to Main Page | Shutterstock
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 Page | Shutterstock