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South-east

The south-east region of Ireland includes the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary (South), Waterford, and Wexford.

The region has five ancient river valleys (the Nore, Barrow, Blackwater, Suir, and Slaney) and the Hook Head peninsula, an important bird-watching location. The climate of the south-east, known as the sunniest in Ireland, makes it an ideal area for gardens. There are underground caves in this region of Ireland.

Rock of Cashel crosses by Barbara Ballard The historic past of the Celts, Vikings, and Normans is reflected in the monuments, museums, religious sites, and castles. Kilkenny is home to 900-year-old Kilkenny castle and St Canice Cathedral, Irelandís second longest medieval cathedral. Here is the Rock of Cashel, with the Bru Boru National Heritage Centre and a large group of medieval buildings that include a castle, cathedral, and round tower. Castle Cahir is one of the largest and best preserved castles in the country. 12th century Jerpoint Abbey is a national monument. Irelandís oldest city, Waterford, is located here.

It was from this area that many emigrants left during the times of famine to try their luck in the United States.

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