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Holiday cottages in Ireland are the gateway to a fantastic experience filled with stunning scenery, wonderful heritage and a delightfully relaxing ambience that is unique to the ‘Emerald Isle’. There really is no place like it to enjoy a break. And if you’re contemplating a holiday you may like a few suggestions for some of the best things to see and do. So take a look at our guide below for some holiday inspiration!

Ireland’s landscape is justly celebrated for its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Those seeking Ireland’s rural charms will be well-served with a visit to the Ring of Kerry. This circular 180km trail takes in some of Ireland’s most wondrous locations, including Ross Castle, Ladies View and the Killarney National Park, and is well-suited to those looking for a lovely leisurely drive. If you fancy an active exploration of the beautiful scenery then we’d recommend a hike along the Kerry Way. This walking trail is normally completed in nine days, but there are plenty of scenic stretches to stroll along. If you fancy something a little livelier than few visits to Ireland are complete without a visit to its many great cities, and Dublin is undoubtedly the biggest draw. Ireland’s capital offers wonderful shopping, fantastic heritage (the Guiness Storehouse!), beautiful architecture and an enticing, relaxed atmosphere. Those with Irish holiday cottages near Sligo, Cork, Galway and the other major cities will find an equally varied array of activities to enjoy. Then again, if you’d rather get away from it all and enjoy Ireland’s unspoilt beauty and unrivalled tranquillity then we can’t recommend the Aran Islands highly enough. Located a short distance from the shores of Galway, these three stunning islands offer a beautiful window to the past. Explore medieval ruins and gaze at beautiful rolling vistas while you enjoy the uniquely relaxed rural ambience. There are few better ways to create fantastic holiday memories!

Since the country is so renowned for the wild beauty of its landscape, it should come as no surprise to find that outdoor and active breaks are one of the main reasons people seek Irish cottages. There are few nicer places to enjoy a stroll than the countryside of Ireland, but you’ll also find it’s equally well-suited to those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Thanks to a diverse array of attractions city breaks are also incredibly popular. Visitors to Dublin and the other major cities will find fantastic cultural events, great food and drink, wonderful shopping opportunities and a chance to make some long lasting holiday memories.

If you’re ready to begin an exploration take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland today.
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  • Shanagarry Holiday Village

    Shanagarry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W32064

    Set on the edge of the village of Shanagarry in East Cork, this attractive holiday home (semi-detached or terraced, allocated on arrival) is in a little village with a lot going for it. You are adjacent to the Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens, and down the road is the Shanagarry Design Centre (Kilkenny Shop) and Stephen Pearce Pottery. The renowned Ballymaloe Country House and Restaurant is 2 miles away. There are long sandy beaches in the vicinity and a cliff walk and sea angling at Ballycotton. Just 30 minutes from Cork city, the area has a myriad of options for the holidaymaker. Fota House and Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park, The Jameson Experience at Midleton, Cobh Heritage Centre and Titanic Experience are all worth a visit. There are numerous golf courses close by and this is an ideal base for touring in both Cork and Waterford. Shop and pub serving food ½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room French doors and laminate floor/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (4ft).

    Electricity pebble-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Ceol Na Mara

    Creevy, nr. Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W32043

    Ceol Na Mara (the sound of the sea) is a detached holiday property which is centrally located to enjoy all that is best about this fantastic area. With its scenery of mountains, and its 3km beach edging the Atlantic Ocean, there are many opportunities to enjoy a multitude of activities. Rossnowlagh’s Strand, famous for surfing and all kinds of watersports, is just 1½ miles from the property. The historical town of Ballyshannon, 3 miles, is full of character and has a picturesque setting overlooking the waterfall and the Erne Estuary. It is also famous for its music festivals held throughout the summer months. Golf and horse riding are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 twin. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet. Most rooms with laminate floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (€25per week September-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Ballymac Village 3

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32051

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Renvyle Cottage 147, Connemara

    Renvyle, nr. Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: W32220

    This stunning and contemporary detached house is located in Cashleen on the scenic Renvyle Peninsula which is on the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a wonderful beach just a stone’s throw away and the property boasts unrivalled panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from all rooms. With a stunning interior, the property comes highly recommended, and is ideal for families and groups of friends. It is perfectly located for exploring the Connemara area, or you can just sit by the window or on the patio enjoying the unspoilt views.

    The area offers wonderful shops, bars and eateries, outdoor land and water based activities, wonderful coastal and hill walks, traditional music, song and dance and lots more.

    The tranquil Renvyle Peninsula is perched on the far western edge of Ireland. It is a place which promises relaxation, peace and tranquillity with fresh sea air and the closeness of nature. Throughout the amazing landscape, you will find Derryinver Quay and Ballinakill Harbour, where you can take part in scenic coastal cruises and sea angling trips. You will see a variety of wildlife including grey seals and pods of dolphins, which are frequent visitors to the area, and it is also home to a large variety of sea and cliff birds including wild ducks, cormorants, herons, gulls, terns, oyster catchers, guillemots and curlews.

    The peninsula has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests, and is well served by shops, cafes and bars, with a post office and churches. The village comes alive at night with plenty of live music, song and dance in the bars and community halls. Irish nights are held every Wednesday evening during the summer months in Tullycross village.

    The idyllic sandy beaches, swimming, scuba diving, shore angling, lake and river fishing, pony trekking, hill climbing, sea angling charters, an adventure centre, aquarium, maritime museum and coastal cruises will keep all visitors busy with things to do.

    Every May Day bank holiday weekend, the area celebrates the well-known Connemara Mussel Festival which includes lots of activities including music, workshops, craft fairs, demonstrations and of course, lots of mussels to enjoy!

    Often referred to as an area with the most beautiful landscape in the world, Renvyle is a wonderland of breathtaking views, walking and cycling trails and many activities.

    Visit Renvyle Point and watch the sun setting behind the old castle ruins on a fine summer’s evening - it is a sight to behold! Visit the Derryinver Standing Stones, a six stone archaeological landmark, which would have been built to line up with the Winter Solstice. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over Jucuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Kellystown

    Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32001

    This lovely traditional Irish cottage, built in the 1780s and adjacent to the owner’s home, is situated in the peaceful Glenmalure valley. A stunning waterfall cascades to the rear, the start of the well-established ’Zig-Zag’ walk begins beside this holiday cottage. The walk takes you up to Lugnaquilla mountain, the 3rd largest in Ireland. It offers a great retreat and is perfect for hill walkers who can pick up the Wicklow Way at the Glenmalure Lodge, 1 mile. There are plenty of walks in the locality to suit all abilities, horse riding in Anamoe, golf, mountain biking and wildlife to be seen. Historic Glendalough is only 8 miles in Laragh and Dublin can be reached within an hour. Greenane Maze is great for children, and after a long walk, relax in the Glenmalure Lodge for great local food and music. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room, oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week October-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Gravelled garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. NB: Stream adjacent to property.

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  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 3

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31599

    These modern holiday homes are set within the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Resort - once owned by the Wolseley family, now redeveloped to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by the stunning countryside and mountains of Wicklow and Carlow, guests have use of the on-site facilities which include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground, indoor toddler soft play area, family room, 18-hole golf course, gym and spa. There is also a ’kiddies club’ during the school holidays at extra cost. Locally, walking, cycling, angling and horse riding are all available as well as many other outdoor pursuits and attractions. Within 20km are historic houses and gardens, whilst a little further afield is the city of Dublin with its galleries, museums, theatres and numerous amenities. Beaches at Courtown and Brittas Bay, can be reached in under an hour’s drive. Shop 1km, pub and restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and power by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Shared, landscaped grounds. Balcony. Shared swimming pool available all year with Jacuzzi and sauna. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Tra Gheal

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YBBR

    Standing detached on 2 acres, this magnificent house is in a peaceful country lane, close to an ancient ruined church and castle. The golden sands of Ballyhealy Beach are approximately 1 mile away where horse riding is available, and the pubs and shop in Kilmore are 2 miles. The picturesque seaside village of Kilmore Quay (5 miles) boasts a harbour, beach, sand dunes, restaurants and pubs. This sunny area offers numerous attractions including the Wexford Heritage Park, Wexford Wild Fowl Reserve, Irish Agricultural Museum, the coastal path and boat trips to the Saltee Islands. The historic town of Wexford is 14 miles, with shops, restaurants, and the International Opera Festival in October. For a memorable day trip, take the train to Dublin and visit the capital’s historical monuments, museums and shops. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally. Shops 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Kate’s Cottage

    Adrigole, Glengariff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: W5039

    Breathtaking views.

    Detached property for 6/7.

    Set on the Cork and Kerry border on the Wild Atlantic Way, a mile from the spectacular Healy Pass, this detached, 2 star, traditional, old-style farmhouse lies tucked away along a narrow winding road in the rolling landscape of the Caha Mountains. Old fashioned in style, it is set amid peaceful and quiet surroundings with a lawned garden and mature trees, and offers sweeping views of the majestic mountains and beautiful Bantry Bay. This makes a good base to enjoy the attractions of the area. There is a water sports centre and pebble shore close by, and the area is ideal for walking and hiking. Glengarriff, 12 miles, has a 9-hole golf course, and from here you can visit the lovely Garnish Island Gardens or enjoy the nature reserve. The Ewe Sculpture Garden is also a special place to visit. From the holiday home on the Beara Peninsula, you can take a ferry from Castletownbere to Bere Island, a cable car to Dursey Island, ramble through the streets of Bantry and visit Bantry House, just over 20 miles away. Both the heritage towns of Kenmare, 20 miles, and Killarney, 40 miles, make great day trips. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 4ft), 1 single (2ft 6in for child).

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV (for DVD playback only). DVD. Microwave. Garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Property accessed via a 1 mile single track.

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  • Cnoc na Gaoithe

    Boherbue, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W32132

    This fantastic, detached holiday home lies adjacent to a working dairy farm, 3 miles from the village of Boherbue in north Cork and offers a real retreat for a relaxing holiday in this peaceful, rural location. Millstreet, 6 miles, is home to one of Ireland’s largest equestrian centres, the Green Glens Arena, and to a country park with a wealth of attractions. This is an excellent central location for touring. Along with the many highlights of County Cork, such as the city of Cork, Blarney Castle and Kinsale, you are equally well placed to enjoy day trips in Kerry and Limerick. Killarney is just 20 miles away. The Sliabh Luachra Music Trail, which encompasses a number of villages and towns in the surrounding area, will allow you to sample traditional Irish music at its best. There are fishing opportunities on the Araglin and Blackwater rivers. Shop 3 miles, pub 2½ miles and restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double, two (5ft), one with en-suite shower room, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most bedrooms with wooden floors.

    Woodburners in living and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Four freesat TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 171 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: W32235

    This wonderful detached, single storey cottage is located just outside the town of Clifden on the famous Sky Road, close to the location of Clifden Castle. It is on an elevated site, offering unrivalled views of Clifden Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding countryside. The cottage boasts an idyllic location and is close to all activities and attractions. White sandy beaches are just a short distance away and the property is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling routes. Clifden is within walking distance and here you will find a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.
    There is golf at Ballyconneely, 7 miles, fishing and pony trekking, while close by you can visit Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 3 double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms with toilet, one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Nirvana Lodge

    Murntown, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W32047

    This spacious bungalow has far reaching view across rolling countryside down to Rosslare harbour and is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the area. It lies on the outskirts of Murntown, which is bordered by the magnificent Johnstown Castle Estate with its spectacular ornamental gardens and lakes, as well as being home to the popular Irish Agricultural Museum. A few minutes’ drive away is vibrant Wexford town and quay, with its many pubs, shops and infamous Art Centre and Opera House. There are also numerous sandy coves and fishing villages to explore in this delightful, sunny, south east corner of Ireland. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance (ramp available): All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with patio doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 3 double bedrooms with wooden floors, one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Swallows

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31545

    With sandy coves and beaches all around, this beautifully converted Kerry detached farmhouse is in a wonderfully peaceful setting. A cathedral ceiling, wooden floors and attractive furnishings create a charming, old world atmosphere and a secluded country-style garden makes it ideal for children. Relax on the decking and enjoy views to the sea at Westcove. There are lovely walks from the door and Derrynane beach and harbour, 5 miles offer water sports and horse riding, while Derrynane House and Gardens are well worth a visit. Waterville boasts two golf courses and is a short drive away. The Ring of Kerry is within a mile. Shops 2½ miles, pubs and restaurants (seasonal) 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. 7 steps up to living room with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft) with additional bunk over (for child). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburning stove. Gas, gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Landscaped garden with decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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