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Step by step: 12 of Ireland's most striking staircases, in photos

Striking curves, beautiful bannisters.

The staircase at the National College of Art and Design David Allen Wizardgold David Allen Wizardgold

FROM RUGGED STONE stairways in bell towers to ornate craftsmanship in country manors, staircases can be an underappreciated part of the design around us.

Here are twelve unique examples to climb across the country. 

1. The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

 2. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

3. The Heritage Hotel in Killenard, Co Laois

4. Powerscourt Centre, Dublin

5. Kilkenny Castle, Co Kilkenny

6. Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

7. Shandon bell tower at the Church of St Anne, Cork City

8. Dublin Castle, Dublin

8. Bellinter House, Co Meath 

9. Farmleigh House, Dublin

10. Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Co Galway

11. Rathmullan House, Co Donegal

12. The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

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