For such a small country - just slightly bigger than West Virginia - Ireland is loaded with history, culture, incredible scenery and warm, friendly people. Experience a traditional music session in a local pub, explore a Norman castle, visit the Titanic museum or just soak up the breathtaking landscapes of this ancient, rugged land.

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Music and culture are an important part of everyday life in Ireland's largest cities - Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway - all of which are compact and pedestrian-friendly.

  • Dublin

    Dublin

    The capital of Ireland, located at the mouth of the River Liffey, Dublin is famous for its Trinity College, Grafton Street and Temple Bar areas. More than half the population is under 25 making it one of Europe's most youthful cities. It has undergone a transformation in recent years but the old Dublin can still be found in the elegant Georgian Houses of Merrion Square or the medieval majesty of Christ Church Cathedral.

    Cork

    Cork

    Ireland's second largest city is known for its traditional food and great Georgian-style architecture. It takes its name from the Irish word corcaigh, which means "marshy place" and up until the 1770s many of Cork's modern main streets were submerged under the River Lee. The river was partially dammed in 1800 leaving the main business area on an island similar to Paris's Ile de la Cite. With its narrow streets, numerous bridges and quays and pleasant weather, Cork is a great city to explore on foot.

  • Limerick

    Limerick

    King John's Castle, St Mary's Cathedral and the University of Limerick are some of this city's top attractions. Limerick was Ireland's first national City of Culture in 2014 and has a lively and active arts scene. And, in case you're wondering, there's no connection between the city and the famous five-line poem we call a limerick - a form made popular by English writer Edward Lear in the mid 1800s.

    Killarney

    Killarney

    The town and its surrounding region are home to St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Abbey, and the three Lakes of Killarney making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

  • Kinsale

    Kinsale

    This small, picturesque fishing village has become a foodie destination known for fine dining. The small streets lining the town center feature upscale shops and restaurants with brightly painted facades.

    Galway

    Galway

    The fastest-growing city in Ireland whose nickname is 'City of the Tribes' for the original fourteen tribes of merchant families. Famous for its festivals, celebrations and traditional street performers, Galway is one of the liveliest places in Ireland.

Beautiful churches and abbeys make for inspiring venues and numerous schools around the country are welcoming to American ensembles. Brass bands in the Dublin suburbs, many with their own concert halls, also make for great joint concert options.

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