Welcome to Ardmore
The appealing seaside village of Ardmore may look unassuming these days, but it was once one of the most important Christian settlements in Ireland. St Declan is thought to have introduced Christianity to southeast Ireland in the 5th century, well before St Patrick arrived, establishing his monastery on the hill above the harbour. The cathedral that was built here in the 12th century is among Ireland's most remarkable examples of Romanesque architecture.
Today's visitors come mainly to enjoy the local beaches – as well as the town strand, there's secluded Ballyquin Beach, 4km north – water sports, bracing coastal walks and one of the country's best small luxury hotels.