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You’ll unearth one of the world’s most unique countries with a stay in our pick of luxury hotels in Ireland. The ‘Emerald Isle’ may be small, but you only need to consider its literary heritage and the vast number of Irish themed-pubs spread across the planet to see its huge cultural impact on the world. Loveable Dublin is the natural start for first-time visitors: a city known globally for having a good time, whether feasting on top-notch gastronomy, joining the raucous revelry in the Temple Bar district, or enjoying fiddle music and a creamy pint of the locally made 'Black Stuff' (Guinness) in a cosy oak-panelled bar. Wherever your Dublin night takes you, you’re sure to enjoy the ‘craic’! Yet all this cosmopolitan capital’s bonhomie and culture only hints at the enticing rewards the rest of Ireland has to offer. Golf is almost an obsession here, with 200 courses to satisfy the most compelling addiction, many of which also offer overnight stays in some of the best hotels in Ireland. If you prefer spectating rather than participating, catch the rough and tumble of a Gaelic football or hurling match; both of these traditional Irish sports are terrific fun to watch. Ireland may be known as the land that boasts 50 shades of green, but not all of its appeal comes in verdant emerald: following weaving country lanes past ancient Celtic relics and brooding mediaeval castles you’ll soon reach romantic windswept coastlines of towering cliffs and desolate sandy beaches. Heading south? You'll certainly want to take time-out in cultured and cosmopolitan Cork. Wandering along spruced-up waterways and handsome Georgian avenues, you'll chat with welcoming locals who'll convince you that, not only is this Ireland’s best city, it's the true capital as well! Linger too in the chocolate-box harbour town of Cionn tSáile (Kinsale), which boasts quite a culinary reputation: whether you're dining in a sleek harbour-side restaurant or sturdy stone pub, warmed for centuries by smoky peat-fires, Kinsale offers some of the best seafood you’ll ever encounter! Foodies will also want to make a pilgrimage to the brightly painted town of Cloich na Coillte (Clonakilty) to savour the meaty and perfectly seasoned blackpudding made here - a staple of a traditional Irish breakfast, the Clonakilty sausage is considered the finest in the land and is a tasty treat not to be missed. Take a few weeks to explore this small country with a big reputation; whatever your pleasure or interest, you’re sure to be seduced by the Irish spirit and the copious and captivating experiences Ireland has to offer.