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TripAdvisor names the best holiday destination in Ireland

TripAdvisor has announced the top ten places to visit in Ireland for 2015, according to the annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

There is a new number one destination in Ireland as Dublin has fallen to second place.

This year sees Killarney reach the top spot for the first time. James Kay, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor said: “In Ireland, the competition is just fierce, with Killarney jumping above Dublin to claim top spot for the first time.”

Top 10 holiday destinations in Ireland

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited the area. Co Kerry is often mentioned as one of the most beautiful places in Ireland and the Lakes of Killarney are among the famous beauty spots in the county.

The lakes are surrounded by striking natural scenery such as forest, mountains, hills and wildlife. The area is a popular tourist spot with walking tours and boat trips around the lakes.

The Lakes of Killarney are also a key feature in the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’ which is a 100 mile road tour of attractions including areas of natural beauty, beaches and ancient monuments.

Dingle, which has been named as the ‘most beautiful place on Earth’ by the National Geographic, came in third place. Galway, which was recently voted as Ireland’s most romantic city was fourth, followed by Donegal.

Here is the top ten:

1. Killarney
2. Dublin
3. Dingle
4. Galway
5. Donegal Town
6. Westport
7. Cork
8. Sligo
9. Doolin
10. Tralee

Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said: “Killarney is one of the jewels in the tourism crown and I’m not surprised to see it so highly rated by TripAdvisor users.”

Meanwhile, Marrakech in Morocco was named as the top destination in the world, followed by Siem Reap (Cambodia) in second, Istanbul (Turkey) in third, Hanoi (Vietnam) in fourth and Prague (Czech Republic) in fifth.

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Tourist attractions in Ireland

The Blarney Stone
Bru na Boinne
Bunratty Castle
The Burren
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The Cliffs of Moher
Croagh Patrick
Dingle Peninsula
Garnish Island
The Giant's Causeway
Glendalough
The Guinness Storehouse
Hill of Tara
Lakes of Killarney
Newgrange
The Peace Bridge
Ring of Kerry
Wild Atlantic Way
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Irish cities

Belfast
Cork
Derry
Dublin
Galway
Limerick
Waterford

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