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Where do Irish people like to travel to the least? Sorry Louth and Monaghan...

Dublin is the most popular domestic destination, but Kerry and Clare are the spots for a longer stay.

Co Louth, what's not to love?
Co Louth, what's not to love?
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THE BORDER REGIONS of Louth and Monaghan are Ireland’s least-popular destinations for domestic travel – with holidaymakers instead favouring long trips in Kerry and Clare or short stays in Dublin.

Central Statistics Office household travel survey figures have revealed the two border counties had the lowest number of domestic trips for any region last year.

There were only 129,000 trips to Louth and Monaghan combined, compared to 1.34 million journeys to Dublin and 740,000 visits to Cork.

Counties Laois and Offaly were the second least-favoured destinations among Irish travellers, drawing 146,000 trips for an average stay of two nights.

Visitors also spent less time than average in Louth and Monaghan, staying an average of 2.1 nights, although that was longer than the standard stays in counties Kildare and Carlow, where travellers averaged only 1.8 nights.

The longest stays were in Kerry and Clare, where visitors spend 4.2 nights on average.

Gap of Dunloe, Co. Kerry Co Kerry, a popular long-stay destination Source: Daniel Dudek-Corrigan

Travel is up… here and overseas

Overall, the latest figures showed Irish residents took more trips both at home and abroad between April and June this year than in 2013.

Locals took nearly 1.8 million domestic trips, up 5.2% on the same time last year, with the average stay lasting 2.6 nights.

Nearly half of the trips were classed as holidays, while almost one third were earmarked as for visiting friends or relatives.

PastedImage-79031 Source: Central Statistics Office

Irish residents also enjoyed about 1.8 million overseas visits, an increase of 1.8% on the same period in 2013, with an average trip lasting 7.3 nights.

The UK remained the most popular destination for Irish people heading abroad with 596,000 trips for the quarter, followed by Spain and France.

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Peter Bodkin  / Editor, Fora

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