Travel — Ireland
Counties of Southeast Ireland
— Carlow, Kilkenny
— Tipperary, Waterford & Wexford
Known as the "Sunny Southeast" — the Counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford (purple areas on map above) feature spectacular beaches, ancient castles and fun historical attractions, making the area one of Ireland's most popular vacation destinations.
Fun Beach Vacation
— County Wexford
County Wexford is Ireland's sunniest county — famous for miles of beautiful beaches that stretch along its coastline. The combination of sandy beaches and fun watersports makes it a great family vacation destination. Popular seaside resorts include: Cahore, Morriscastle, Ballymoney, Kilmuckridge, Curracloe, Ballineskar, Culleton's Gap, Rosslare, Carne,
Kilmore, Fethard-on-Sea, Duncannon, and Bagin Bun.
Wexford is home to the annual Wexford Festival Opera — the annual event (dating back to 1951) takes place in October and November, drawing opera lovers from around Ireland and the world.
Popular County Tipperary attractions include Cahir Castle (a National Monument) and
The Rock of Cashel (one of Ireland's most visited Heritage sites).
— House of Waterford Crystal
Waterford County is located southeast of Dublin — it's home to the new House of Waterford Crystal (opened June 2010 on the Mall in Waterford City).
Tour the facility, see how each individual piece of crystal glass is created — and take home a fun Waterford Crystal souvenir. Open daily, year-round.
Waterford Tall Ships Race
Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, hosts the Tall Ships Race — see over 70 majestic Tall Ships racing in front of half a million fans. The fun festival also features parades, traditional music, street entertainment, markets... and more!
The Southeast of Ireland encompasses the picturesque counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
Fun area attractions include:
- Altamont Gardens
known as Ireland's most romantic garden
- Cahir Castle
- Carlow Castle
- Carlow County Museum
- Carrickmacross Lace Gallery - popular with international designers and royalty, Carrickmacross Lace was used on the late Princess Diana's Wedding dress
- Doncannon Fort
- Dunbrody Historic Emigrant Ship
- full-scale replica of an 1845 ship
- Dunmore Cave
- Hook Lighthouse
one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world
- Hook Head Peninsula
- The Irish Heritage Park
- The Jameson Experience Midleton
- tour the old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Irish whiskey
- John F. Kennedy Arboretum
- Kilkenny Castle
- The Lismore Heritage Centre
- one of the most historic towns in Waterford
- Rock of Cashel
- Celtic cathedral, round tower and church remains; one of Ireland's most visited attractions
- Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre
- Saint Canices Cathedral
13th century cathedral is the second longest cathedral in Ireland
- Waterford Crystal
- Waterford Museum of Treasures
- Ireland's sunniest county and home to beautiful beaches
Kilkenny Arts Festival
A popular tourist destination, Kilkenny is located in Southeast Ireland. The Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place every August in Kilkenny.
Enjoy 10 fun-filled days of Irish and International Visual Art & Craft, Theater & Dance, Classical Music, Jazz, Literature, Film, Indie Music, Childrens' Events, World and Traditional Irish Music. Kilkenny's oldest and largest non-profit festival draws over 20,000 visitors every year.