Amazing Facts About Ireland that Will Make You Want to Book a Flight

Fanad Lighthouse
Fanad Lighthouse in Donegal Ireland

For many inexperienced travellers, Ireland is a country of mystery and folklore, being portrayed in the media mostly via leprechauns, shamrocks, Guinness stout, and other stereotypes. However, the Emerald Isle is a nation of natural beauty, picturesque scenery, welcoming people, and amazing architecture, so here are some of the most interesting facts about this country to make you want to jump straight on that plane and see it all for yourself.

Ireland is widely known as the land of a thousand welcomes: this phrase comes from the Gaelic Cead mile failte which directly translates to ‘one hundred thousand welcomes’ and it perfectly encapsulates the warm and friendly nature of the Irish people. It is common for people to strike up conversations or help lost tourists, which is guaranteed to make your trip even more pleasant.

Cobh in Cork, Ireland
Beautiful Cobh island in Cork City is a friendly place to visit

Ireland has the highest number of pubs per capita in the world, and Dublin is definitely on top of the list with one pub for every 1649 people. For the Irish, pubs are more than just a place where you can grab a pint: they serve as social hubs where people can meet, enjoy a Guinness while listening to music, and even celebrate special events. Overall, a must visit during your stay!

Although many mistakenly consider the origins of Halloween to come from the Americans or Mexicans, this celebration can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain that was celebrated in Ireland over 2000 years ago. This holiday used to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that during this time, the boundaries between the living and the dead were blurred, which meant that spirits were free to roam around the earth.

The Irish are known for many things, but one that has always truly stood out is their craftsmanship. To this day Irish knitwear is one of the most sought after all thanks to its unique Aran design, high-quality, and the durability of merino wool. Today, Aran sweaters and knit cardigans are the best souvenirs you can bring home from your trip to Ireland. Not only that, but there are also many authentic online stores that sell Irish gifts such as Shamrockgift, especially for those who don’t have enough space in their luggage.

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher
The dramatic Cliffs of Moher

Ireland can be rightfully considered a literary haven, as this country is the birthplace to some of the most important and celebrated literary figures in history. James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and W.B. Yeats have all been born in Ireland, while Dublin, the capital city, is a UNESCO City of Literature. You can visit some of these famous birthplaces on a Celtic road trip around the Emerald Isle.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th both in Ireland and far beyond its borders. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is the most widely celebrated national holiday in the world, all due to the large Irish diaspora in such countries like the United States and Australia. On this day, everyone wears green, celebrates by organising parades with folk music and dances, and of course enjoys delicious traditional meals.

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