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Newgrange, a prehistoric monument built during the Neolithic period, located in County Meath, Ireland. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, UNESCO World Heritage Site. XXXX Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb 3200 BC - a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in Co. Meath. TOURISM IN LEINSTER Leinster covers most of Ireland’s east coast, spreading out from Dublin city like a fan. The landscape combines rolling hills, lush grassy valleys, rugged mountains and scenic coastlines. The most densely populated of the four provinces, Leinster is home to over 2.5 million people. There is a multitude of activities, from excursions, incredible hikes and trails to sailing, cycling and golf. The golf clubs encompass all types of the game: links, parkland and heathland. The K Club, Carton House, Killeen Castle, Co. Louth and Headfort are first class courses all within driving distance of the capital. The beautiful Kilkenny City is only 90 minutes from Dublin. With its historic castle (pictured above), its energetic cultural heritage and well-known comedy scene, Kilkenny offers something for everyone. Golf is high up that list, too, and this part of Leinster has world-class golf courses such as Mount Juliet, Carlow and the highly regarded Mount Wolseley and Bunclody. 16 (EX DUBLIN) To the south of Dublin is Co. Wicklow, known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’. Visitors will find a gorgeous mix of rugged mountains and quaint seaside towns, the famous Glendalough, and the spectacular Sally’s Gap. Travelling farther south, you enter the ‘sunny south-east’ of Co. Wexford, a popular summer destination for thousands of people, from home and abroad. Elsewhere in the province, Newgrange offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of the wonders of the ancient world. Built around 3200BC, it is older than both the Pyramids and Stonehenge. For horseracing enthusiasts, a trip to the Curragh is essential. Located in Co. Kildare, it is the Mecca for Irish horse breeding and training. One final, little known fact: the town of Moneygall in Co. Offaly, is the ancestral home of President Obama, whose great-great-great grandfather emigrated from Ireland to the US in 1850. Located just off the Dublin-Limerick motorway, it is easily accessible from Dublin.