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Ireland's Hot 100 20 hidden gems to explore in Ireland this summer, from mythical caves to a volcano in Offaly

Ireland’s Hot 100: Escape the crowds and step back in time with these lesser-known little gems. have your staycation bucket (and spade) list...

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Donegal's Maghera Strand

Donegal's Maghera Strand

Wild Atlantic Ways: The chapel at Mauméan in Connemara

Wild Atlantic Ways: The chapel at Mauméan in Connemara

Donegal's Grianán of Aileach stone

Donegal's Grianán of Aileach stone

Moher Cottage in Liscannor, Co Clare

Moher Cottage in Liscannor, Co Clare

The Museum of Country Life in Mayo

The Museum of Country Life in Mayo

National Museum of Ireland

Beach life: Seamus Heaney's HomePlace

Beach life: Seamus Heaney's HomePlace

Loughshinney, Co. Dublin

Loughshinney, Co. Dublin

Pól Ó Conghaile

The newly revamped Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan

The newly revamped Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan

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Donegal's Maghera Strand

With travel restrictions lifting on Monday, we're bringing you the ultimate guide to the best things to do, see, and eat around the country. Here are 20 hidden histories...

1. Make for Mauméan

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Wild Atlantic Ways: The chapel at Mauméan in Connemara

Wild Atlantic Ways: The chapel at Mauméan in Connemara

Wild Atlantic Ways: The chapel at Mauméan in Connemara

Looking to escape the madding crowds? First, head for Ireland’s Wild West… Connemara. Next, take a hike up the 250m Mauméan, a little-known (to outsiders anyway) pass linking Maum and the Inagh valleys through the Maumturks. In times past, this was an important Celtic shrine, but later became a mass rock and shrine to St Patrick. A souvenir-sized chapel marks the spot (Mám Éan means ‘pass of the birds’). maamvalley.comPÓC