Ireland is a beautiful island which has a rich history. From the beautiful cities of Dublin, Kilarney, Cork and Limerick, to the beautiful rolling hills and small villages with their quaint pubs; from the majestic cliffs of Moher to the tranquil lakes of Lough Neagh or Lough Derb at Shannon; from the castles to the gardens; Ireland is full of beauty and variety. The people and culture of Ireland have much to offer the traveler. Their unique style of music and dance haunts and delights.Ireland’s history has been traced back 8,000 years B.C. They have been a fiercely independent people, resisting being conquered by the Romans although they may have traded with the Romans. They were invaded by the Romans, the Normans and later the British, but they always ultimately regained their independence. Religiously the Celts were Druids until St. Patrick, the missionary visited Ireland in 432 AD and over the next 30 years led the way in their conversion to Christianity. Today Ireland is a charming and unique destination with much to offer the traveler.
● Enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin
● Experience the Lakes of Killarney
● Explore the medieval Celtic crosses, a ruined Cistercian Abbey megalithic and wedge tombs in The Burren
● Visit the Medieval Bunratty Castle
● Marvel at the splendor of sunset over the Cliffs of Moher
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Languages: English, Irish
● The harp, also known as the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic cross, the shamrock and the Irish wolfhound are all well known Irish symbols.
● Gaelic is Ireland’s national language. Only in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Ireland will you find that Irish is used as the everyday language. In all other parts of Ireland, English is the spoken language.
● Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland in around 430. St Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland, and indeed all over the world, on March 17th.
● Dublin was founded by the Vikings in 988 and was originally called Dubh Linn (which means Black Pool in Irish).
● The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade was actually held in Boston by the Charitable Irish Society in 1737.
● The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease on it's property, at a perpetual rate of 45 Irish pounds per year.
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