Destination Golf Ireland 2018 * - Page 84

The XXXX Slea Head Drive is a stunning circular route, beginning and ending in Dingle, Co. Kerry. TOURISM IN MUNSTER Munster is the largest province in Ireland, and it has much to offer with many of the best sights in the country. Famous for traditional Irish music, Munster is the heritage hub of Ireland, with Celtic castles and monasteries found throughout the region. Ireland’s second city, Cork, is located in the south of the province. With a beautiful city centre, and located near the quaint village of Cobh, it is an entertaining place to visit. The English Market in the city centre has existed since 1788. It offers locals and visitors alike an extensive range of seafood and other culinary specialties, along with that renowned Cork charm. Co. Cork has several beautiful golf courses with Fota Island, Cork and Old Head chief among them, but there is quality golf across the entire region, from counties Waterford to Clare. The busy town of Killarney, in Co. Kerry, is a well- known holiday destination with spectacular scenery, ranging from the magnificent Ring of Kerry to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Is it any wonder it is such a popular place to stay? Co. Kerry also boasts some of 82 the finest links courses in Ireland, with Waterville, Tralee, Dooks, and Ballybunion renowned worldwide. Skellig Michael, at the end of the Ring of Kerry, features in the new Star Wars movie adding to the allure of this coastline drive. Farther north lie the famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. The Cliffs are a must see attraction for all visitors, the outstanding scenery stretching for miles along the coast. The counties of Clare and Limerick are home to many famous golf courses, with Dromoland Castle, Doonbeg, Adare and Lahinch just a few of those on offer. Munster’s sporting tradition reaches far beyond golf and some of the best GAA teams come from this province. Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Clare counties are leading lights when it comes to hurling, while in Gaelic football, Kerry and Cork are the most formidable counties in Munster. Thomond Park, in Limerick City, is the home of Munster Rugby, and any fans of the sport should experience a home game.