Ryder Cup Logo Ryder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland

Welcome to Ireland's Ryder Cup Region

Ireland's Ryder Cup Region encompassing Counties Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow stretches from the magnificent golden beaches of the East Coast to the majestic River Shannon of the Midlands, yet still manages to remain, at almost all points, within one hour of the illustrious K Club, host to The 2006 Ryder Cup.

Diverse and historic, the region has something for all ages and interests. Kildare is home of the Irish horse, boasting three of the country's premier racecourses, as well as the Irish National Stud, Japanese and St. Fiachra's Gardens. Other attractions include Castletown House, Leixlip Castle, Ballindolin Gardens and Mondello International Motor Race Course.

Known as the garden of Ireland, Wicklow contains outstanding scenery of mountains, valleys, lakes and coastlines. Renowned for its walking trails, The Wicklow Way is one of the most famous. The ancient monastic site of Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens, Mount Usher, Wicklow Gaol and Parnell's Avondale House are some of the many attractions well worth a visit.

The Royal County of Meath has some of the most spectacular attractions in the country including the Passage Graves at Newgrange, the historic Trim Castle and the famous Hills of Tara and Slane. The vibrant towns of Navan, Trim and Kells provide the ideal base for touring.

County Louth also has a rich medieval past. The town of Dundalk has connections with the mythical hero Cuchulainn. It is a vibrant shopping town and has a newly refurbished Town Hall & Basement Gallery, an award winning County Museum & the magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral that dates back to 1837. Drogheda, on the river Boyne, has many fascinating buildings including St. Laurence's Gate, Millmount Museum and Martello Tower. The relics of St. Oliver Plunkett, martyred in 1681, are preserved in St. Peter's Church, while the beautiful heritage town of Carlingford displays its past in King John's Castle, Mint and Interpretative Centre.

Longford and Westmeath with their rivers, lakes and canals ensure many water sports are enjoyed, as well as top class angling with all species of coarse fish and brown trout. Visitor attractions include the heritage village of Ardagh, Corlea Trackway Centre near Kenagh, the Bog Oak Sculptures in Newtowncashel, Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan and the magnificent Belvedere House & Gardens outside Mullingar.

Cruising, fishing, and equestrian enthusiasts should look no further than Counties Laois and Offaly. The magnificent Heritage Hotel and Golf Resort at Killenard is truly worth a visit, while the heritage town of Tullamore has firmly put Offaly on the map as a short break location. From here the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Birr Castle Demesne and of course the famous Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre can be visited. Tranquillity reigns along the banks of the Grand Canal at Vicarstown or the walking routes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Splendid gardens surround the Gandon House at Emo or the Lutyens Gardens at Heywood. And to complete your experience, a tremendous range of quality accommodation, excellent food and entertainment combine to ensure your stay will be most memorable! For further information on staying in the region and for all your Ryder Cup queries, please visit www.irelandsrydercupregion.ie or contact us at info@eastcoastmidlands.ie or phone +353 (0)44 48650.

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