The existing provinces of Ireland can be traced back to kingdoms in the fifth century ruled by "Ri Coicid" or Kings of a Fifth, indicating that there were originally five kingdoms or provinces, Connaucht, Leinster, Meath, Munster and Ulster. Eventually the five became four covering the principal religious spheres of influence, with Meath being absorbed by Leinster in the 11th century.
Munster covers the south western counties of Ireland. Principal cities being Cork, Limerick and Waterford. Located within Munster are some of the country's leading beauty spots including Killarney and the County Kerry coast line.