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We Love: The best beaches in Ireland for your summer getaway

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By Sarah Cahalan

With the scorching temperatures and sunshine in the forecast this week, we at Goss HQ are ready to head out of the office and off to the beach.

While Ibiza or Algarve may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of beach getaways, there are plenty of great beaches right here in our fair nation – we are an island, after all.

Here’s our picks for the best beaches in Ireland to check out for a world-class summer getaway close to home.

1. Inch Beach, Co. Kerry

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Few places in Ireland are better for fun in the sun than Kerry, no matter what kind of outdoor activity you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for a beach though, Inch Beach is one of the county’s very best.

2. Portmarnock, Co. Dublin 

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For the Dublin-based beachgoer, you can’t beat Portmarnock.

Trip Advisor recently named this beach one of Ireland’s finest, and it’s only a quick trip on the 32 bus from city centre.

3. Greystones, Co. Wicklow 

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Greystones is another easy option for those based in Dublin, as it’s a mere DART journey away from the city.

Leave the packed lunches at home if you’re headed to Greystones – from The Happy Pear to Jaipur’s Chakra, the area is well stocked with delicious food.

4. Bundoran, Co. Donegal

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The beaches of Bundoran are known for their popularity with surfers, but the Donegal hotspot is great for the festival set too.

It plays host to the Sea Sessions music festival every summer which makes it a must see destination for every Irish beachgoer looking for some fun in the sun.

5. Tramore, Co. Waterford

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Another favourite surfing destination is Tramore in County Waterford.

Take a stroll down the promenade and get your Blue Crush on with lessons from Tramore Surf School.

6. Carraroe, Co. Galway

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Trá an Dóilín in Carraroe, Galway, is one of the most unique beaches you’ll find in Ireland – or anywhere in Europe!

It’s known for its distinct coral and is a great spot to try out some snorkeling. 

Carroroe is also located right in the heart of the Gaeltacht for anyone who’s looking to brush up on their Irish.

Not to mention you’re only a 45 minute drive from the pubs and banter of Galway city.

7. Curracloe, Co. Wexford 

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There’s no better place to go for a beach vacation than the sunny south east.

With some of the best weather in the country shining down on it, the sands of Curracloe are not to be missed.

Curracloe’s one of the top beaches in County Wexford and is only a short drive from Wexford Town.