What do we know about Ireland? It’s not quite the United Kingdom but geographically adjacent. The Irish are bursting with patriotic pride and enjoy their merrymaking throughout the year. They are known for their comical folklore, the ones that speak of leprechauns and four-leaf clovers turning fortunes.
These locations capture the essence of the Irish with its monuments holding history, its culture that’s become the modern touchstone of drunk revelry and a warm Irish soul that reverberated through all its streets and alleys. Here are the must-see sights and activities you must indulge in if you want to do it the Irish way.
Dive into Dublin
The largest church in Ireland, it was built almost 900 years ago and has undergone numerous renovations since, each ruler influencing its growth and architecture in their significant ways. Faith has always been a foundation in Irish culture and they are represented in monuments such as the Christ Church Cathedral, yet another colossal church celebrating the legend of St. Patrick.
He is the primary patron saint in Ireland, in whose honour is the holiday St. Patrick’s Day celebrated every year across the world on the 17th March. Other Irish structures to visit include the Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty Library and the National Gallery of Ireland.
The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
These extraordinary set of cliffs receive over a million visitors every year and unquestionably so. At the height of 200 meters, one can only relish the extent of their life as they stare down at the rolling tides thrashing against the rock formations at the ground.
That’s precisely why they have served as a film site for many movies throughout history, as its larger-than-life feeling can be construed as quite a dramatic setting. Once again, their unbridled, powerful beauty depicts the bucolic lifestyle in which Ireland breathes.
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
Yet another fantastic example of Ireland’s lush scenery that conflate the deep, bristling ocean with the study cliffs, the Ring of Kerry is a scenic route that is over 179 kilometers long. Even travelling along it for a few hours can soothe any individual looking for a thrill amid nature.
There is also a walking route for the inexhaustible who prefer to feel ground. Additionally, there are many spots along the trail, from the Muckross House to the Rossbeigh Beach, one can easily stop over in the middle and absorb the swishing waters at peace.
Grafton Street, Dublin
The best way to truly understand and revel in a country? Get to know its nightlife. Inside the pubs and restaurants of the city is where all the people of all backgrounds are excited into dancing, drinking and fruitful discussions.
The Grafton Street Area is not only the most dazzling shopping street in the country, it’s also the hub of performance artists, breweries, poetry, mimes and everyone who wants to put on a show. The best pubs and restaurnts in the area are the Long Hall, Bruxelles and Kehoe’s, so be sure to drop in if you choose to mingle and have a good time.
Rock of Cashel, County Tiperrary
The origin of the rock is unknown and hence it is the subject of popular Irish myth, even so far as suggesting that Satan himself had lived here when he was banished from Saint Patrick. It’s one of the most inspiring showcases of medieval architecture and Celtic art. Buildings on the Rock include the Round Tower, Cormac’s Chapel, and the Irish High Cross. It is yet another structure to whom the Irish pay their respect, with which they pride their history and upon which they dedicate their faith.