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Baltimore, meaning “Fort of the Jewels”, is the southernmost parish in Ireland.

It is the main ferry port to Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island and the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay.

One of the most notable landmarks in the area is the Baltimore Beacon, pictured above.

The O’Driscoll castle overlooking the town, from where the village gets its name, has been restored and is open to the public.

In the early 1600s, Baltimore was a base for pirates. However, in 1631 Baltimore was raided by Barbary pirates from modern-day Algeria or Morocco.

It is thought over 200 English settlers and local Irish people were sold into slavery, leaving Baltimore almost deserted for decades.

Baltimore has also become popular for scuba diving, due to the number of shipwrecks in the bay, including a submarine from World War II.

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