In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to celebrate the best bits of Ireland*. Here are the Top 10 things we love most about the glorious Emerald Isle!
*to be taken with a pinch of salt (and a pint of Guinness)
You gotta love ’em! U2 are one of Ireland’s most iconic bands of all time. They’ve been going for more than three decades (bet your dad loves them). U2 pushed the boundaries of music with their committed political lyrics expressing the social challenges Ireland faced through the 1980s.
According to legend Guinness tastes better in Ireland than anywhere else in the World! If you walk into any bar in Ireland and hold your forefinger up in the air, the barman will know you are asking for a pint of Guinness. We’ll have to go there to test it out for ourselves but remember ‘good things come to those who wait’.
James Joyce is one of Ireland’s most influential and celebrated writers. He revolutionised the world of literature. Apparently, the legendary “Ulysses” is a must-read before you die. Pull up a stool by a fire, in a cosy Irish pub and get reading. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
4.Game of Thrones
Ever wondered where the endless kingdoms of Game of Thrones are set? Well, SURPRISE it’s Ireland! Winterfell, Dragonstone and the Wall are filmed in Castle Ward, Northern Ireland. You can actually take walk in the footsteps of Jon Snow *love eyes*.
5.The Cliffs of Moher
Remember how Harry Potter and Dumbledore entered the Horcrux cave in the Half Blood Prince? Well that scene was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher. Visit the Horcrux cave for yourself and soak up the breath-taking views of the coastline.
The Irish have great taste in music and know how to party! With more than a thousand festivals happening every year, Ireland stands out as one of the capitals for the best music festivals. Electric Picnic is definitely worth checking out. It’s renowned for amazing artists, an eclectic mix of acts and unique atmosphere.
7.Viking Triangle, Waterford
An ancient Viking town jam-packed with culture and history. Explore the cobbled streets brimming with cafes and bars. Check out the Spraoi, the Irish word for ‘fun’, it’s an international Street Arts Festival attracting over 100,000 people to the city streets of Waterford every summer.
Ask me bollix, flog off, ya gowl, state a him la, I was gee-eye last night! Got that? Here’s a few more for future reference:
Cod = Joke
Colcannon = Mashed potatoes
Gaff = House
Deadly = Cool, great
Fine thing = Attractive/good looking person
Foostering = Waisting time
Hooley = Party/celebration
Langers/langered = Drunk
Gee-eyed= Very drunk
Fluthered = Very very drunk
Just a few phrases to help you in an Irish pub on St.Paddy’s day. You never know when you might need to say mashed potatoes!
To make that Guinness taste even better, you should enjoy it in an Irish pub’s ‘snug’. They are small private rooms used in olden times by people who didn’t want to be seen, for example; young women, young lovers and priests. The snug has become a symbol of Irish drinking culture. Cosy up together in a snug this St. Patrick’s day.
10. The Northen Lights
Ireland has some seriously mind blowing stargazing, who’d have thought it? The Northern lights, traditionally associated with Iceland can be seen from Northern Ireland, in County Donegal. All you need is a sleeping bag, a tent and maybe a hot chocolate to enjoy one of the World’s most spectacular natural wonders.