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FEATURED HOTELS IN CO. CLARE
County Clare commonly referred to as simply Clare, is a county of Ireland and part of the wider province of Munster. Clare is one of the 26 counties within the Republic of Ireland and it provides a basis for local government, in the form of its own constituency within the Dáil Éireann. The county system has existed since the 16th century; as well as its governmental usage, the counties form a significant part of local identity and culture within the country. Located on the west coast of Ireland, Clare is northwest of the River Shannon covering a total area of 1,215 square miles (3,147 km²). The most populated town and county seat is Ennis.

During the Early Middle Ages the area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach Aidhne, until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by the Dalcassians in the mid-900s. It was renamed Thomond, meaning North Munster and spawned Brian Boru during this period, perhaps the most noted High King of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond was in place as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan. There was some Norman influence during the 14th century due to battles with the de Clare's for control. Sovereignty of Thomond was handed over to the Tudors in 1543 and the area joined the Kingdom of Ireland as a county. After the kingdom was merged into the United Kingdom, there were wars in the 20th century which resulted in secession of the Irish Free State. The conclusion of the pro-treaty, anti-treaty Irish Civil War confirmed its status the state became the present republic Ireland in 1937.

County Clare succeeded the district of Thomond (which was part of Connacht), and when first created it was sometimes called County Thomond. Its nickname is the Banner County, which may refer to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions.

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Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty
The modern Bunratty Castle Hotel is located in Bunratty, Ireland, opposite 15th-century Bunratty Castle. The hotel is 16 kilometres from Limerick. Shannon International Airport (SNN) is eight kilometres from the hotel.  On a hillside next to the River Shannon, the two-storey Bunratty Castle Hotel has a pastel-coloured exterior. There is complimentary parking outside the hotel, and a front patio leads to the main entrance. Amenities at the hotel include a 24-hour front desk, ATM, onsite shopping and picnic area. Informal Kathleen's Irish Pub and Restaurant is a traditional stone-clad pub, serving drinks and Irish dishes, along with steaks, fish, chips and salads. There is regular live music.  Bunratty Castle is nearby. There are shopping opportunities at Bunratty Village Mills, just 30 metres away, and the Blarney Woollen Mills Shop at the hotel. 
Bunratty Manor Hotel, Bunratty
The Bunratty Manor Hotel is located in Bunratty, Ireland. Shannon is 7.5 kilometres away, and Limerick is 13 kilometres away.  The family-run Bunratty Manor Hotel is housed in a traditional property with a mottled stone façade. The property extends to a furnished patio and offers complimentary wireless Internet access, and the concierge is on hand to offer sightseeing assistance. Further amenities include 24- hour room service, laundry facilities, and complimentary onsite parking.  Guests of the Bunratty Manor can start the day with a complimentary full Irish breakfast and sample international dishes along with an extensive wine list in the bright, modern restaurant.  Adare, 40 kilometres from the hotel, is one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. Surrounded by lush countryside, the 19th- century village boasts two groups of thatched cottages running along the main street, and also houses a Trinitarian monastery, Desmond Castle - an Anglo-Norman fortress, and a Wishing Pool.
Castle Oaks House Hotel, Castleconnell
The Castle Oaks House Hotel occupies a Georgian manor set in a 26 acre estate on the banks of the river Shannon. The hotel features a formal restaurant with views of the river which serves International and Irish cuisine. With dark wooden furniture and leather seating, the traditional style bar offers relaxed meals and drinks in an informal setting with live music three evenings a week. A leisure club located in the hotel's extensive grounds provides a range of fitness and beauty facilities including a 17 metre indoor swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, a steam room and a sauna. Spa treatments on offer include facials, massages and body wraps. The hotel is located just outside the picturesque estate village of Castleconnel. The university town of Limerick is ten kilometres away. Activities in the vicinity include golf and sailing and the estate itself has facilities for salmon fishing.
Clare Inn Hotel and Leisure Centre, Dromoland
The Clare Inn Hotel and Leisure Centre is a modern hotel set in 1,500 acres of wooded countryside, eight kilometres from the town of Ennis, Republic of Ireland. The hotel's Kids' Plus programme entertains children from 4-12 years old, while younger children are supervised in the crèche. Babysitting services are available. Complimentary parking is also provided. Deerfield's Restaurant offers à la carte dining including fish dishes; Poacher's Pub serves a buffet lunch daily.  The health club has fitness equipment, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room. There is miniature golf on site plus an 18-hole pitch and putt course and two tennis courts. The classically Norman Bunratty Castle close by includes dungeons and four towers with spiral staircases. Medieval banquets are held in the Great Hall.
Oak Wood Arms Hotel, Shannon
The Oak Wood Arms is a modern hotel with traditional architecture, set in the town centre, six kilometres from the famous Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Guests can relax over drinks in Sophie's Bar or unwind in the sauna and steam room. Health-conscious guests can work out in the hotel's fully equipped fitness centre. The Palm Court Restaurant offers a refined menu of international fare, served in traditional, rustic surroundings, beneath Spanish-crystal chandeliers. King John's Castle and the Hunt Museum are both 20 kilometres from the hotel. The Cliffs of Moher, which offer scenic views of the Aran Islands, are 48 kilometres away. Shannon International Airport is three kilometres away, with an approximate driving time of five minutes.
FEATURED HOTELS IN CO. CORK
County Cork is one of the traditional counties of Ireland. It is located within the province of Munster, and was named after the city of Cork. The southernmost of the Irish counties, it is also the largest, covering an area of just under 7,500 square kilometres.

Cork is nicknamed "The Rebel County", as a result of the support of the townsmen of Cork in 1491 for Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the throne of England during the Wars of the Roses. In more recent times, the name has referred to the prominent role Cork played in the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and its position as an anti-treaty stronghold during the Irish Civil War (1922-23).

Cork city is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,143, while the addition of the suburban areas contained the county brings the total to 190,384. Metropolitan Cork has a population of approximately 274,000, while the Greater Cork area is about 380,000.

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Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville
The Charleville Park Hotel is located in Charleville, County Cork, Ireland. The centre of Charleville and the train station are three kilometres away, Ballyhoura Mountain Biking Park is 20 kilometres away, and Limerick is 30 kilometres away.  The Charleville Park Hotel occupies a modern property spread over three storeys accessible by elevator. The multilingual concierge is on hand to offer sightseeing assistance, and guests can surf the web via the complimentary wireless Internet. Those arriving by car will find complimentary parking available, and further amenities include 24-hour room service and laundry facilities. The Hotel houses the informal Greenfinch Restaurant serving modern Irish and European dishes. Ed's Bar has traditional decor and offers light meals including a carvery lunch, and the informal Osprey Lounge serves morning pastries and snacks throughout the day. A complimentary full English breakfast is provided. 
Maritime Hotel, Bantry
The Maritime Hotel is located in Bantry, Ireland, in the west of County Cork. Overlooking Bantry Bay, the hotel lies two kilometres from Bantry Bay Golf Club and 25 kilometres from the popular village of Skull.
Hotel Features. The Maritime Hotel is a contemporary building with designer influences, illustrated in a wealth of colours. The lobby features a fireplace, where guests can relax with a coffee and complimentary newspaper, or browse the net via the complimentary Internet. Free garage parking is available.  The Ocean Restaurant at the Maritime serves a modern Irish menu based on local organic produce, including seafood and cheese. The Maritime Bar has a hot buffet at lunchtime and serves bar snacks in the evening, as well as a comprehensive selection of drinks.  Club Maritime is exclusively for hotel guests and members and has an indoor swimming pool, children's pool, sauna, steam room, hydrojet tubs, and a gymnasium. 

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Best Western Ambassador Hotel, Cork
With its red-brick, Victorian façade, the Best Western Ambassador Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, is centrally- located overlooking the harbor and city. The hotel is within walking distance of the historic city center, along with Cork Opera House and Cork City Gaol. Guests can kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, which lies 10 kilometers away. The hotel also sits one kilometer from the train and bus stations and eight kilometers from Cork International Airport.  Guests may unwind by the fireplace in the cocktail lounge, which contains its own library and features live piano music. Season's Restaurant offers an international, a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a snack menu.
Jurys Cork Hotel, Cork
The Cork Hotel is a large, modern property located on the banks of the picturesque River Lee, only 500 metres from Cork's famous English Market and 19 kilometres from Kinsale, Ireland's culinary jewel.  The hotel's Weir Bistro serves hearty Irish breakfasts and creative à la carte European dishes in an informal setting which overlooks the River Lee. Guests can work out in the fitness centre, swim in the indoor pool or relax in the sauna, spa tub, or with the range of health and beauty treatments. Lattes and freshly baked pastries can be enjoyed in Il Barista coffee bar, and there is room service and an extensive CD library. The trendy Weir Bar features an outdoor deck with river views
Jurys Inn Cork
Overlooking the River Lee, the Jurys Inn Cork stands on Anderson's Quay in the center of Cork, Ireland. Convenient transportation is within two kilometres, including the Cork Bus Station and Kent Train Station. Cultural attractions include St. Fin Barre's Cathedral and the Opera House, both located within one-and-one-half kilometre of the hotel.   Innfusion Restaurant and Inntro Bar features regional specialties and a wine selection. Coffees and pastries are provided at Il Barista Coffee Bar. A meeting room and high-speed Internet access are available. Upscale shopping can be found at the nearby Grand Parade/South Mall area. Grand Parade is the widest street in Cork, and South Mall is considered the city's financial center.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork
The modern Radisson SAS Cork is a spa hotel sited within five kilometres of three golf courses and ten kilometres from the bustling city centre. Wheelchair accessible guestrooms available on request. Guests can work out on Precor exercise equipment in the gymnasium and then relax in the ozone-purified hydrotherapy pool. Professional beauty therapists are on hand to pamper guests with a range of Elemis treatments and indulgent massages in the relaxation suite (bookings recommended). In the evenings, a buffet and modern Irish a la carte dishes are served, accompanied by an extensive wine list, in the intimate Island Grillroom. After dinner, guests can retire to the lounge bar exotic cocktails. Nearby attractions include the English food market, five kilometres away, and the Old Midleton Distillery, which offers Jameson's Irish Whiskey-tasting sessions, 13 kilometres away.
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