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Glencree Reconciliation Centre (Enniskerry, Ireland)

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      26.05.2010 15:59
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      If you want a beautiful holiday to see the Irish countryside, this is it.

      If I could choose anyplace on earth for a quiet relaxing holiday this would be it. It is set in an area of great natural beauty in the Wicklow Mountains. Surrounded by forest and countryside with a lovely small stream to hike along this place is like a picture postcard. I wrote a previous review about a place that would make you despair of the future for the human race, this place is the opposite. If aliens landed tommorow and I wanted to show them the very best of this planet, this would be our first stop. The Centre is dedicated to building peace, and has played instrumental roles in the Northern Ireland Peace process, from various summits, to conflict resolution programmes to youth programmes aimed at promoting peace. The founder is actually German, and the site also hosts a cemetary for German war dead from WW2 and he is dedicated to promoting peace throughout the world. While I'm not such an optomist as to ever believe in world peace, when you stay here you can almost think it possible. It really is magical place. Glencree specialises in groups such as youth groups etc, but also has a few very well done up rooms for private hire. ( As I went with a youth group the accomaodation was more basic). You can even hire it as a wedding venue. All funds from such go to continue their work. The food is basic, not luxurious and there is a relatively limited choice, which always includes a vegetarian option as well. There are no amusements as such or nearby night clubs. This is the place to go if you are looking for quiet relaxation, to enjoy nature or a good talk by the fire. It isnt for everyone but I love the place. The staff are all volunteers but really lovely friendly people.

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