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Ten interesting facts about Ireland

1. Ireland boasts of beautiful and talented people. Famous Irish men include Richard Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, U2’s Bono, and Cillian Murphy. 2. Ireland’s patron saint is St. Patrick, whose feast day is celebrated not just in Ireland but all over the world. 3. Some Irish people believe that it is St. Patrick, not Christ, who will judge them...

Colcannon

Irish Cuisine

Irish Stew Many variations of the Irish stew have come up over the years, but the classic stew consists of boiled, almost-falling-off-the-bone mutton chops in a flavorful broth made of vegetable stock with potatoes and onions. Some cooks add carrots, turnips and barley. These ingredients are boiled together slowly for up to two hours over an open fire. In some parts...

irish festivities

What to do in Ireland

Join an Irish pub crawl One of the most well-known facets of Ireland is its pub culture. The Irish pub is a major feature in the Irish literary arts and is a regular destination in everyday life. One of the most interesting ways to experience this slice of Irish culture is by going on an Irish pub crawl. Places such as Dublin often have a slew of pub crawls that...

The Burren

Where to go in Ireland

Newgrange The Newgrange monument is a tomb that dates back to 3200 BC. It is only 500 years older than the Pyramids of Giza and about a thousand years ahead of Stonehenge. The monument is a part of the Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is, essentially, a mound that covers more than an acre of land, encircled by...

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

When to visit Ireland

Being close to the Atlantic Gulf Stream makes Ireland’s weather very unpredictable. Travelers may (or may not) be greeted be a sunny February or a freezing cold March. Nonetheless, the climate is moderated by the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Thus, despite Ireland’s strange weather transitions season after season, the country’s annual temperature consistently hovers around...