Although the South East doesn't stand out as being a cultural hotspot of Ireland, there's plenty of cultural attractions beneath the surface. The only obvious cultural touchstone of the region is Ireland's National Opera House, located in County Wexford. Playing host today to not only classical opera but also contemporary international music acts. There are numerous art galleries and libraries found throughout counties Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny but they, like much of their contents, are more hidden gems than standout landmarks.
One of Ireland's most celebrated poets of the 20th-century, Seán Dunne, was born in Waterford in 1956. He wrote, like many Irish poets of his time, about the emptiness and struggles found in daily life, while somehow creating optimism and hope through his meticulous prose. His poems and novels, as well as works from Southeast authors past and present, can be found in the libraries listed below.
The cities of Waterford and Kilkenny, and to a lesser degree Wexford town, are the best places to travel to if you're looking for art galleries in the Southeast of Ireland.
While Wexford is home to the National Opera House outside of that, the music venues in the Southeast are of pretty limited capacity. There are small theatres and townhalls found in the larger towns of the region, usually showcasing local acts.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Located on the shores of Belfast Lough in County Antrim, Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle dating back to 1177. First used as a headquarters for John de Courcy after he took control of eastern Ulster, where he ruled as a petty king until 1204. Over the years, the castle was Besieged by the native Irish, the Scottish, the English and the French. Today it stands as one of the best preserved structures from the medieval era in Northern Ireland.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.