Millions upon millions of Irish left their homeland in past centuries. This mass emigration brought their culture to every corner of the world. Nowadays, it is showcased profusely in Irish bars for example. However, Ireland is so much more than pubs decorated in green, white and orange: Celtic heritage, a unique language, legendary folklore, dramatic geography and yes, great beer and pub culture are also synonymous with the Emerald Isle.
Historically, Ireland’s relative isolation in Europe made the island prone to few outsiders for millennials, thus allowing the locals to develop the fascinating Celtic culture. Later on, Ireland saw waves of Christians, Vikings, Normans, and British, from whom they gained independence only in 1922. All this has shaped Irish culture, music, and folklore, with some of its elements being recognized around the world, including shamrocks, leprechauns and other mythologic creatures.
Today, Ireland has grown to be one of the richest and most prosperous countries in the world. The country is home to vibrant cities like Dublin, where cultural and religious institutions rub shoulders with countless pubs, restaurants, and bars. Ireland’s always-green countryside is never far, though, with scenic routes leading to gorgeous rolling hills, breathtaking cliffs, and fabulous castles.
Chance of incorporating some Gaelic (Irish), Ireland’s co-official language along English.
Understand more about the Irish culture, which is widely known through pop culture and thanks to the millions of Irish emigrants around the world.
Ireland makes a great destination as it beautifully combines exciting cities, fabulous landscapes, and fascinating culture.
Surprisingly, you could even incorporate some of the several Slavic languages that are spoken, including Polish which is the second most-spoken language in the country.
Combine language with...
• drinking pints and pints of beer, particularly Guinness.
• touring centuries-old castles and medieval buildings, especially Blarney Castle and the city of Kilkenny.
• learning more about the millenary Celtic culture.
• discovering Neolithic constructions all around the Island, including many more yet to be found.
• watching Gaelic football and hurling, sports that are only played on the island.
• listening and dancing to Irish’s traditional folk music and even learning to stepdance.
• joining the festivities of Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s patron saint.
• getting blown away by the famous Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions.
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Dublin, hosting well over one-third of the Ireland’s population, is renowned for its nightlife, its buildings, attractions and, maybe most importantly, being the home of the Guinness brewery.
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