About four-fifths of the area of Ireland is the national territory of the Republic of Ireland, the remaining one-fifth in the northeast of the island belongs to Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom (old story).The Republic of Ireland has a population of 5 million people (in 2019), the capital and largest city is Dublin

What is Ireland famous for?
The “Emerald Isle” is famous for Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish Pubs and Guinness beer, castles, and castles in pieces. Rugby, horse racing, golf, football, and other Gaelic sports. Irish Stew, Irish Whiskey, Irish linen, pottery, the trifoliate shamrocks. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker (Dracula), U2, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, and Riverdance. Irish mythology and folklore (béaloideas), the Leprechaun, and Celtic heritage.

our LXRY! hotel selection

We have some criteria before we can call a hotel a LXRY! Selection Hotel. We want to be surprised, we need luxury and hospitality at a high level, we love the quality of food and the rooms, we think the location is super important, and….we want to memorize the hotel for a lifetime! So you will not find basic chain hotels that look similar in all countries but truly found local gems that are different and memorable.


Discover and immerse yourself in these unique, authentic and intimate experiences of the West of Ireland, exclusively curated and especially hosted by Ashford Castle’s Experience Ambassador. 

During your day of discovery, you will be welcomed into the homes and workshops of three of our treasured artisan partners. Engage all of your senses with the sounds of the workshop, the beautiful landscapes, the smell of Irish rain and the taste of the finest Irish food.

We have exclusively curated a collection of Irish experiences under four themes; Irish food, indigenous craft, music and story, and the real Connemara.

This is a unique opportunity to meet the flagbearers of traditional Irish culture…