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ClassBrain's Top Ten Websites - Virtual Ireland
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jun 28, 2004, 19:13 PST

Top Ten Irish Sites

ClassBrain’s Top 10 Websites - Virtual Ireland

On St. Paddy’s Day, March 17th, everyone is a little bit Irish. Although you may not be able to hop on a plane to visit the ’Emerald Isle,’ we can get you there none the less through the magic of the Internet. Explore the magical and mundane sides of Ireland with these Irish websites.


Irish Castles

ClassBrain’s Networthy Award

1. Dublin Castle
receives our award for excellence on the Internet with their gorgeous website. Not only is there an interactive model of the castle, there are virtual tours which includes a tour of the art, a pictorial map, and a 17 chapter virtual history book on the castle that you can download in PDF format! Have fun exploring the castle grounds!
URL: http://www.dublincastle.ie/
Source: Office of Public Works, Ireland

2. Knockabbey Castle is, luckily, one of the castles in Ireland that has been loving restored. Built in 1399, the castle was originally called Thomastown Castle. It has changed hands a few times through the centuries, and in the 1730s the Tenison family began to develop the extensive gardens. Although it fell into disrepair, the current owner decided to bring back 30 acres of the ancient gardens. No you can visit The Garden Today through this virtual tour, complete with iPix virtual movies. Then read it’s extensive history in the History and Heritage section.
URL: http://www.knockabbeycastle.com/the_garden_today/tower_house.html
Source: KnockAbbey Castle & Gardens

Historic Event

3. Titanic Times - Belfast at the Time of the Titanic brings this event to life though news clippings, photos, and a rich recounting of the historic events. Under the Belfast - Then & Now category you can compare two 1911 photographs with two photovistas taken in 1999 of the same locations.
URL: http://www.irelandseye.com/titanic/
Source: Irelandseye.com

The Magical Side of Ireland

4. The Leprechaun 360o Panorama & Webcam give you a glimpse of the magical side of the Irish countryside. If you’ve never seen standing stones or a fairy ring, this is your chance. Zoom, pan, and explore to your heart’s content. Then look into the countryside with the webcam and see if you can find a leprechaun.
URL -1: http://www.irelandseye.com/leprechaun/panorama.htm
URL -2: http://www.irelandseye.com/leprechaun/webcam.htm
Source: The Leprechaun Watch

5. GhostWatch lets you hunt for the ghost of Helena Blunden, who died after a horrible fall in a Belfast mill in 1912. The webcam is set up in the mill, and it has been running 24 hours a day, allowing visitors from all over the world to watch and report their ghostly sightings. Be sure to print out your GhostWatch certificate when you’re through searching for ghosts.
URL: http://www.irelandseye.com/ghost/webcam/iugeur3ig.shtm
Source: Irelandseye.com


Irish Street Scenes

6. Welcome to Sligo
has six stunning 3-D photos to help you explore the countryside of Sligo County. Choose the countryside, the city streets, or the Drumcliff Graveyard to see William Butler Yeats’ grave.
URL: http://www.sligotourism.ie/360.html
Source: Sligo Tourism

7. Carrigaline Virtual Tour
allows you to remotely explore castles, churches, harbors, ferries, and the great outdoors. This collection of VR photos tours and Quicktime movies gives yo one of the most extensive online touring experiences in Ireland.
URL:
http://www.carrigaline.ie/virtualtour/
Source: Carrigaline Community Association

8. Take a Virtual Tour of Dublin lets you do just that! Choose from among more than 25 destinations in the city and explore via 3-D images that you can view in all directions, left, right, up and down. Immerse yourself in the luck of the Irish.
URL: http://www.dublintown.net/index.html
Source: Black Falcon Multimedia and Cregor News

9. Live Ireland Webcams lets you sneak a peak at more than ten locations around Dublin, including the Guinness Brewery webcam and Christchurch.
URL: http://www.liveireland.com/webcams.shtml
Source: LiveIreland

10. 360 Degree Photos of Kildare has a set of Flash tours and Webmedia 360 Degree Tours of Kildare. Explore the Kildare Cathedral, Naas Town, and the Roberstown Village.
URL: http://kildare.ie/touristguide/tour/360degree.asp
Source: Kildare Tourism




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