New Grange, County Meath
Part of the appeal has to do with
Ireland’s ancient, spiritual
dimension stretching back in time. Mad Druids in love with nature, lonely Monks
transcribing scripture during the Dark Ages, medieval clans and colonial
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evokes a progression across centuries that is filled with meaning and
That is why tourists have a travel treasure in store for them in 2016, when Tourism
launches a new marketing initiative called Ireland’s Ancient East: See WhatAwaits You.
It is an innovative, inspiring journey through
that embodies 5,000 years of history, culture and change. That’s a wide swatch
of time, but Ireland’s
distinct history, heritage and geography is perfect for this type of tourist
EAST IS MARKED BY FOUR PERIODS:
featuring Stone Age art and Druid warrior legends;
covering monks, monasteries and Celtic scholarship;
filled with castles and fortresses;
focusing on invasions, rebellions and industry.
Many of the sites in
Ancient East are already iconic places, such as the Neolithic prehistoric monument of Newgrange
in Meath, the Boyne Valley and Athlone
Castle in Westmeath, Birr Castle
in Offaly, Augustinian Abbey and the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary,
Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, Waterford’s Viking
Quarter, the Dunbrody Famine Ship in Wexford and Blackrock
Castle in Cork.
The new marketing initiative is a sequel to other successful Tourism
over the past few years, including the Wild Atlantic Way, which focused on the
counties along the West Atlantic coastline, and the Causeway Coastal Route, which covered the
coastal counties of . Northern
For more information, go to Ireland.com.