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Green meadows as far as the eye can see is the iconic countryside image of Ireland. Those going here will find themselves attracted to the outdoors just to appreciate the views, especially with the rocky coastlines by the Atlantic Sea. Windy and stormy days here make such majestic sights, with the water crashing against the craggy cliffs. These surroundings inspire a fierce pride in the Irish, which has brought about songs and poem's praising the beauty of their shores and lands.

 

Travellers visiting here will also be regaled with the Irish heritage. Songs and dances are held in pubs in every city and countryside, proclaiming the Irish love of music. Stories about Druid gods, leprechauns hauling pots of gold, and the luck of the four-leaf clover are also famous parts of their folklore, which can be interesting to hear. What is even more fascinating is the Irish 'craic' or the love of entertainment and conversation, making them lively people to be with, especially in parties and other joyful occasions. 

 

Where to go

Dublin, with its Georgian structures, is not as stunning as other European capitals. Its charm lies on its people, however. One has to go around a pub and grab a drink or two to enjoy the social atmosphere of the Irish. One will appreciate the variety to choose from, as Dublin has more than a thousand pubs. One will see here the local drinks such as the Guinness, as well as other liquors that the average Irish is fond of. Those who prefer cultural sites, on the other hand, can start with viewing the vast collection in the National Museum and its various branches. From here, one can visit St Patrick's Cathedral, where the saint himself baptised the Irish. There is also Kilmanhaim Gaol to see, where the leaders of Irish independence movement were held and executed. 

 

Those who want to see the countryside can check out the prehistoric sites in Newgrange in Bru na Boinne of County Meath. White round stonewalls support a structure with a grass dome that dates back about 3200 BCE. Like the Stonehenge, nobody can point out its specific use, which intrigues those who visit here. Kilkenny Castle, one of the most-visited sites in Kilkenny City, also makes an attractive sight with its Long Gallery that features portraits of the Butler family that date back to about six centuries of lineage, as well as a gallery showing contemporary works in temporary exhibits. The grounds of the castle are also grand, with a Celtic cross-shaped garden, a fountain, and other furnishings. Other sights to look forward to in the countryside of Ireland are the Birr Castle Demesne, a 50-hectare castle with magnificent gardens and Kells priory, an ancient monastery in ruins. There is also the Connemara National Park to see, where one can hike up the glen and the surrounding mountains, as well as cross the River Polladirk. 

 

The United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, is less than two hours away from Ireland. Those going here can learn about the rich heritage of the Scots, starting from Edinburgh, where one can visit the Old Town to the villages of Stockbridge and Cramond. Edinburgh Castle makes a stunning sight, where one can learn about the contributions of the Scots to the war efforts of the United Kingdom. The Scottish Parliament Building can also be seen here, with its strange structure built with distinctive symbolisms from the oddly shaped windows to the asymmetrical panels. 

 

After exploring the sights of Edinburgh, one can go further into Scotland by way of Glasgow. Its Victorian buildings are pleasing to behold with the Mackintosh House, St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, as well as other fascinating landmarks. 

 

The United States, which became a refuge for the Irish escaping the ravages of famine in the 19th century, is another country to visit after Ireland. New York, with its beacon of liberty is one of its sought-after destinations, is home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses one of the biggest collections in the world. The Empire State Building, an iconic building featured in many shots of New York, is also a place to visit. Its observation decks allow one to view the splendid skyline of the city. 

 

Those looking for other attractions will find that the Big Apple has plenty more to show. Shopping here is recommended, though, especially for designer clothing, bags, and shoes featured in the seasonal fashion events. 

 

How to get out

Travellers going out of Ireland can venture to other destinations from Dublin Airport. Airlines serving here include Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Air Canada Rouge, Air Contractors, Air Europa, Air France, Air Moldova, Air Transat, American Airlines, Arkia Israel Airlines, Avion Express, Blue Air, British Airways, CityJet, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Europe Airpost, Finnair, Flybe, Germanwings, Iberia Express, Icelndair, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, S7 Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomson Airways, Transavia.com France, Travel Service, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Vueling, WestJet, and WOW Air.

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