The South-East region is made up of five counties: Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, and South Tipperary. The region covers an area of some 9,406 sq. kms, or about 13.5% of the area of Ireland.
The current population is approx. 460,838, which is 11% of the national population.
The economy of the South-East is based primarily on agriculture, manufacturing and services, tourism, fishing and aquaculture, with increasing development in the life sciences area. The region has good quality transport, particularly since the completion of the M9 which links Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny with the capital.
The South-East is a region of unrivalled natural beauty, rich in historic and archaeological treasures and abounding in excellent natural amenities, recreation and leisure facilities. It is a visitor’s paradise, attracting over 2 million people annually.
Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, is a wonderful mix of the old and the new, history, culture and innovation. It is a city of colour and excitement, a rapidly developing and progressive city with many attractions – its galleries and museums, its busy streets, small lanes to stroll through with 1,000 years of history, choice cuisine, lively pubs and friendly smiles.
The county too has much to offer – from surfing your very first wave, to learning Irish in the Ring Gaeltacht. For those with adventure on their minds, the Comeragh Mountains offer a fantastic location for cycling, climbing and hiking. If you’re more of a water sports enthusiast, hit the coast. You’ll find great fun in seaside spots like Dunmore East, Tramore, Ardmore, Passage East and Stradbally.
For more information on Waterford: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Visit-Waterford
Miles of Golden Beaches
Tucked in the sunniest corner of Ireland, Wexford is famous for its golden beaches, its peaceful and picturesque fishing villages and delicious strawberries! With everything from quirky festivals and fabulous food to stunning beaches and fascinating history, Wexford has something unique for everyone.
Wexford town itself is full of things to do: Wexford Opera House, great restaurants, art galleries, lovely boutiques, lively pubs and narrow streets full of medieval history. Outside of the town there's Hook Head lighthouse, the Irish National Heritage Park, the Dunbrody Famine Ship and much more.
For more information on Wexford: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Visit-Wexford
Ireland's Medieval City
As you wander Kilkenny City’s narrow medieval side streets, you won’t be surprised to hear that in 2009 it celebrated 400 years as a city. These days, creativity thrives there. Artists and crafts people work in studios around town and in the nearby villages of Inistoige and Thomastown, while artisan food producers concoct creations to make your mouth water.
For those who prefer a quieter life, head out into the countryside where gorgeous little villages dot the tranquil River Nore. There's a range of activities on offer, including fishing, walking, golf on the best inland championship courses in Ireland and horse racing at Gowran Park.
For more information on Kilkenny: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Visit-Kilkenny
Tipperary: A County of Landmarks
Tipperary is a county of immense natural beauty, with a unique and ancient heritage. Shaped by the rugged Galtee Mountains and the River Suir, Tipperary has some of the South East’s most breathtaking scenery, dotted with towns and villages such as Carrick on Suir, Clonmel, Cahir, Tipperary, Cashel and Fethard.
The county’s distinctive set of landmarks include the mighty Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster and the magnificent 12th century Cahir Castle. Other heritage highlights include the Swiss Cottage in Cahir, the Ormond Castle in Carrick on Suir, the Main Guard in Clonmel and Fethard Medieval walled town.
For more information on Tipperary: http://www.discoverireland.ie/tipperaryhighlights
Situated in the South East of Ireland, approximately 90kms from the ferry and airports of Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford, Carlow is one of Ireland’s most charming inland counties. Its central location offers the perfect base to explore Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois. Dublin is a mere 40 minutes drive with continuous motorway from the city to Carlow Town via the M7 & M9.
Home to three of Ireland’s key national walking routes – The South Leinster, The Barrow and the Wicklow Ways - the county is blessed with hundreds of miles of excellent and varied walking. The golfing visitor will find an impressive variety of golf courses, par 3s and golf ranges to suit all levels. For water lovers the River Barrow is suitable for canoeing and coarse angling while the woodlands beside the river offer a superb environment for leisure walkers.
With its rich Celtic past, Co. Carlow is steeped in historical and archaeological artefacts from pagan sites such as the Brownshill Dolmen to stunning castles such as those at Huntington and Ballymoon. The county has a number of superb driving trails including the Carlow Garden Trail which features many types of gardens including those at Altamont and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time. The Mount Leinster Heritage Trail is a 75km route through the beautiful countryside of rural south Carlow while the special peace and spirituality which encapsulates the county’s rich ecclesiastical heritage can be enjoyed in a series of three driving routes.
For more information on Carlow: http://www.carlowtourism.com