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What is Ireland's Currency?

With the rise of smartphone payment systems, touch payments and digital currencies, physical money might slowly become a thing of the past but, for now, it’s fun to look back at coins and notes that used to feature in every day life.

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Which Irish Author wrote Ulysses?

Every year, on June 16th, a strange event occurs on the streets of Dublin… Passersby will witness crowds dressed in Edwardian clothing, street acting, pints being shared and more. What’s all of this in the name of we hear you ask? Chiefly, the famous Irish writer James Joyce and his masterpiece, Ulysses, but more of that later…

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5 Steps to be more Eco Friendly

​If you’ve been following our Emerald Heritage story for a while, either as a bonafide Squire, Squiress or Squireen, or just as a curious onlooker, you’ve probably gathered that we care about all things environmental, conservation and eco-friendly.

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A Guide to the Guinness Storehouse

Ireland’s most famous export (well, maybe after U2’s Bono…) has been the Emerald Isle’s drink of choice for countless decades if not centuries! The famous pint of black, dark ruby red with a thick creamy head, was first brewed up by Arthur Guinness way back in 1759! Since then it’s been brewed in over 50 countries and is currently available in over 120.

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May Special Offer!

​Dear Squires, Squiress and Squireens The end of a long (seriously, seriously long...) winter and the arrival of some glorious summer weather here in Ireland has us feeling particularly happy! With that, we thought we would give a little back as an early summer gift to you!

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What is Ireland's National Anthem?

For some a national anthem can represent the very fabric of the country they hold so dear, yet for others it can mean little. Ireland, and her people, has a similar relationship and connection with their national anthem. Some claim the anthem as an important piece of culture and heritage whilst others are open to change and review.

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How Irish was John F Kennedy?

To say that the Kennedy’s and Ireland go hand in hand is an understatement of huge proportions. The Kennedy’s, that quintessential political dynasty and embodiment of the American dream, are as “Irish” as they come. From their very roots right through to the present day, the family has retained its heritage as well as come to be shaped and defined by it in some cases.

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Why did the Irish come to Canada?

When people think of Irish immigrants from centuries gone by, many instantly think of America and the cultural melting pots of New York City and Boston, but the worldwide Irish diaspora know better. Millions of men and women around the world know that other emigration hotspots like Australia, New Zealand and, in this case, Canada became homes from home for hundreds of thousands of Irish.

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What Irishman Won the Tour de France?

​It’s one of Ireland’s greatest ever sporting accomplishments but very few, outside of the cycling and sporting world, will know the name of the victor. Ask an Irishman or woman, walking down any street in the country, to name Ireland’s greatest sporting heroes and chances are they’ll name the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Sonia O’Sullivan, Roy Keane, Pat Spillane, Henry Shefflin and George Best.

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Where is Ireland on a Map?

If you’ve never visited Ireland before then we can forgive you for asking the question “where is Ireland on a map?” Don’t worry, we understand! Ireland, and the Irish name, might be famous around the world but we know it’s a small country and the world is a big place. It’s easy for our little corner of the globe to get lost amidst all the madness!

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When to Travel to Ireland

​You’ve probably noticed before but we’re big fans of Ireland and the romance and attraction of the Emerald Isle. However, even though we’re Ireland’s biggest fans, we understand that not everyone can visit all the time and as such, you probably want to figure out the best time to come over.

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How Irish Whiskey is Made

​Is there anything better than a little nip of Irish whiskey to warm the soul? Over the centuries Irish whiskey (different to Scottish whisky or Scotch) has been enjoyed by countless natives here on the Emerald Isle and then, in more recent times, by millions worldwide. There’s no denying its popularity or appeal but you might be wondering how is Irish whiskey made? Where did it come from?

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What Irish Immigrants Brought to America

Over the centuries flashpoints in Ireland’s history has resulted in huge swathes of Irish men, women and children leaving the Emerald Isle in search for new identities and opportunities. Although the Irish have travelled as far and wide as New Zealand, Brazil, India, mainland Europe and more, their influence can perhaps be seen and felt strongest in the United States of America.

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Why Ireland has no Trees

Ah Ireland, that beautiful blanket of green fields and dense forests, or maybe not? The Emerald Isle we know and love is still green and a quick look at images of Ireland from above will pay testament to that to this day but her forestry is another matter…

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How Irish is Boston?

For Americans, and much of the western world, Boston and the Irish go hand in hand. For over a century now the initial outsiders from the Emerald Isle and the east coast city have been intrinsically linked. Over the last 150+ years the sons and daughters of Irish immigrants have interwoven Irish culture, history and heritage so that it’s now hard to imagine Boston without a Celtic twist.

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Why Ireland Has No Snakes

As we inch closer towards March 17, the feast day and public holiday of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, the usual myths, legends and stories come out of the woodwork for another year.

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A Guide to Skellig Michael

Whether you’re a native of the west coast of Ireland, a Star Wars fan, interested in stunning natural locations or just a fan of all things Irish, chances are you’ve heard of or seen Skellig Michael. If not, then take a look at this before reading on…

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How Ireland Got Its Name

Mention the name “Ireland” on any corner of the globe and most will think of green fields, pints of Guinness, live traditional music, great craic, storytelling, centuries of history, culture and more! That being said, it’s always interesting to explore the origins of a name as important as that of your country. So, we did a little digging…

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Irish Pub Etiquette

​Thinking of visiting an Irish pub sometime soon? Great! The classic Irish pub, of which there are many variations but the soul remains the same, is a great place to spend an evening or nip in for a quick pint between sightseeing, shopping, work or whatever else you’re up to.

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Ireland in the Six Nations

It’s that time of year again. Six Nations time! If you’re not a massive rugby fan, or not currently living in Ireland or one of the other five nations involved, this annual competition might pass you by but for sports fans on the Emerald Isle, it’s huge!

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A Guide to the Cliffs of Moher

A visit to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Europe’s largest cliff faces, will reveal cliff faces that rise to incredible depths, beautiful panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and a walk along the path that takes the breath away.

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How to GPS Locate your Irish Plot of Land

Congratulations! You’re now officially the owner of a small plot of Irish land located in the Glendun Wood! You’re now a Squire, Squiress or Squireen of Ireland. Now, to find the exact GPS location of your Irish plot of land, follow the simple steps below.

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The Top Irish Tourist Attractions in 2018

If you ask us, everyone should visit Ireland at least once in their life. We know we might be slightly biased but after the recent Lonely Planet 2018 award, for Belfast and the Causeway Coast, we think it’s fair to say 2018 is the year to make that happen! To help you plan, or to nudge you will even more inspiration, we’ve listed the top Irish tourist attractions for 2018 below. Enjoy!

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How St Patrick’s Day is Celebrated in Ireland

​As calendars turn from one year to the next, and Christmas celebrations become New Year plans, attentions in Ireland turn firmly towards this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Besides Valentine’s Day (which isn’t celebrated by everyone…), St Patrick’s Day represents the first big public holiday of the new year in Ireland and as a result it’s usually something most look forward to!

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Tree Planting at Glendun Oak Woodland

​During the Christmas holidays, and just before 2017 ticked into 2018, we partnered up with environmental experts NuaTree to plant 1500 native Irish trees on Emerald Heritage soil. More specifically, the land proudly owned and shared by our Squires, Squiress and Squireens.

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What are Irish Christmas Traditions?

​Christmas in Ireland is one of the best times of the year. As December 25th draws ever closer the country gets swept up in festive cheer as families and friends come together to celebrate the birth of Christ, the arrival of Santa and a chance to unwind after another busy year.

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Why Ireland is the Best Country in the World

We know. When it comes to choosing “the best country in the world” we might be slightly biased. However, us Irish are infamous for being too humble and doing ourselves a disservice so hear us out. We feel like we do a pretty good job of showing just how incredible a country Ireland is but, if you’re still not 100% convinced, read on…

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Irish Memorials and Statues in Australia

Ireland and Australia might be thousands of miles apart (9666 miles according to Google) but both nations share a deep, long-lasting bond largely created by different periods of mass immigrations from the Emerald Isle to the other side of the world. As a result, the land down under and the 32 counties are more connected than you might ever expect.

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Where in Ireland was The Quiet Man Filmed?

​The Ireland we know today might have a long, close-knit, relationship with Hollywood and film in general, with countless Irish men and women making their names on the big screen, but in 1952 the 32 counties we know and love were alien and unknown to many audiences outside of our country.

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Legendary Irish Gods and Goddesses

From the beautiful shores on the north coast to the rebel county of Cork in the south, and everything in between, Ireland is a land littered with stories, myths and legends. As a result, the Emerald Isle is a rich tapestry of Gods and Goddesses. This isn’t a definitive list but we wanted to highlight some of Ireland’s most famous sons and daughters from another world.

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The Irish Origins of Halloween: Samhain Festival

​Almost everyone the world over knows about Halloween. From trick or treating to bonfires, and pumpkin carving to scary games and stories, the holiday has become a staple in the western world but do you know its origins? It might come as a surprise but the holiday as we know it today actually originates from here on our very own Emerald Isle!

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Which Irish Drinks are Famous?

​Ireland is famous for many things and when people think of the Emerald Isle they think of our incredible landscape, breathtaking coasts, the “craic”, our famous sons and daughters and also our drinks. From Guinness to Irish coffee to a plain old cup of tea, Irish people up and down the country love nothing better than enjoying a good drink together.

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Where in Ireland is Vikings Filmed

Fans of the History Channel’s epic Vikings series will be no strangers to the incredible scenery throughout. The TV series, which follows Norse legend Ragnar Lothbrok around in the 9th century as he pillages and conquers lands far and wide, is based in Ireland and has consistently shone a light on some of the most beautiful aspects of the Irish landscape since it first started back in 2013.

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A Guide to Glendalough

Whether you’re researching an upcoming trip to Ireland, a local or just someone with a keen interest in Irish landmarks, chances are you’ve heard of Glendalough.

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Which Irish Actors are in Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV series ever. Since it hit our screens in 2011 it has become a resounding success and due to the numerous Irish filming locations used throughout the seasons it has become closely linked to the Emerald Isle.

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Where was Irish Coffee Invented?

​If you’ve ever set foot on our glorious Emerald Isle, or in any fine dining provider or hotel around the world, as a matter of fact, then chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the famous drink known simply as an Irish Coffee.

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Where in Ireland is the Blarney Stone?

If you’ve heard of various Irish myths and legends then the chances are you’ve heard of famous Blarney Stone! However, even though the Blarney Stone is famous (and quite rightly so, after all which country wouldn’t want a famous stone?) and well known throughout the world, there are always a few commonly asked questions which we thought we’d answer for you.

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7 Great Surfing Spots in Ireland

​Ireland is a country defined by her coastlines and relationships with the surrounding seas and oceans. No matter where you are in the country you’re probably no more than 2 hours away from crashing waves, incredible coastal views and, in this case most importantly, great swells and surfing opportunities.

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8 Famous Irish Food Exports

​We’ve previously explored Ireland’s most famous exports in terms of sport, music and culture, but now we turn our attention towards one of the most important elements in life – food and drink!

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Irish Clans Explained

Ireland, a land famed for her breathtaking beauty and incredible history, was once dominated by a clan system that can still be seen and felt in the names and townlands of people to this very day.

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15 Famous Irish Quotes We Love

For such a small country, Ireland’s 32 counties has produced some incredible writers, thinkers and spokespeople over the years. We thought we’d collect together some of the best, and most famous, Irish quotes from the men and women around the country who best epitomise the Emerald Isle’s wit and wisdom!

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Irish Around the World: The Céilí Cottage

This is the first feature in our new series “Irish Around the World”, where we look at Irish people, businesses, communities and organisations from across the globe. In our first feature we chatted with Patrick McMurray who built his very own classic Irish pub in Toronto, Canada!

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Irish Nobility Titles Explained

​The Emerald Isle, as is well known, has a long and intricate history dominated by Irish chieftains, Viking invaders and foreign conquerors, amongst others. As a result Irish nobility titles are incredibly varied in name, origin and distinction.

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Partnering with NuaTree

​You might have seen our recent announcements regarding a “partnership” with an organisation called NuaTree and been wondering what it was all about.

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Famous Irish Songs for You

Ireland is famous for many things, as we recently explored, but singing and songwriting is right up there as one of our biggest and best exports. From classic Irish trad, to ethereal Celtic hymns and modern rock and pop, the Emerald Isle knows how to make a tune. We’ve listed some of the most famous Irish songs below…

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12 Famous Irish Books Everyone Needs to Read

​As we’ve said before, the Emerald Isle is famous for many things but story telling and literature is definitely one of our greatest exports. It’s well known that us Irish have the famous “gift of the gab” and over the years this has translated into some of the most memorable stories ever put on paper.

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8 Things Ireland is Famous For

For a small nation Ireland well and truly punches above her weight! Think about it. The island of Ireland, north and south, has a population ranging approximately between 5 – 6 million people yet it’s one of the most famous countries in the world.

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The Irish For...

Whether you’re a tourist, an ancestor of Irish emigrants, or simply have a love and passion for other languages, you might be wondering, “what’s the Irish for…?”

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5 Amazing Lesser Known Causeway Coast Walking Trails

​The Causeway Coastal Route, found right at the top of Ireland on the north coast, is famous for its winding roads on the edge of the Emerald Isle, incredible panoramic views and tiny villages and port towns bursting with culture and craic. As if we weren’t lucky enough the Causeway Coast also boasts some spectacularly beautiful walks and walking trails.

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9 Irish Blessings We Love

​People on the outside looking in to the Emerald Isle might think us Irish are a strange, superstitious folk but we know better! Our lives can take unexpected twists and turns at any moment and sometimes a little Irish blessing can help ease pain and worry. If that’s all it does then so be it but, of course, there could be more to it all behind the scenes…

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Famous Irish Landmarks in the United States of America

​The relationship held between Ireland and the United States of America is long, historic and unbreakable. From the mid-1700s on men, women and children have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of new life, new opportunities and at times, even just a safe haven from troubles at home.

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A Few of Our Irish Landowners

​At Emerald Heritage we're lucky to do what we do. On the one hand we get to help protect and conserve a small area of the Irish landscape and countryside we love. On the other, we help people to reconnect with their Irish roots and ancestors and the culture they cherish.

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7 Famous Irish Australians

​Much like the United States of America and Canada, Australia feels like a part of the Irish family that exists beyond the shores of the Emerald Isle. This is in large part due to the swathes of men, women and children that have left Ireland and travelled thousands of miles around the globe from the early 18th century right up to the present day.

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Easter Traditions in Ireland

To get into the holiday spirit this week we thought we’d take a look at some of these traditions that have lasted generations and generations! Maybe your Irish ancestors celebrated Easter in the same way? Or maybe you even continue the legacy, and connection to the Emerald Isle, to this very day?

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Irish Ports of Emigration

​Ireland is a country dominated by emigration. Everywhere you look, north, south, east and west, and every family you talk to will most likely have a history of immigration within.

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Driving the Ring of Kerry

​The incredible Ring of Kerry has long been famed as one of Ireland’s most breathtakingly beautiful spots. Over the course of 170+km, skirting around the western Iveragh Peninsula, you’ll experience some of the best landscapes, views and craic anywhere on the Emerald Isle.

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6 Famous Irish American Women to Celebrate

Ireland and its people are fiercely proud of the sons and daughters who leave our shores for pastures new. With that in mind what better way to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2017 than with a look at the legacy of that past? Here are a few Irish American women who, in their own way, have and are making a mark on the world today.

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Where Did the Irish Settle in America?

​The history of Irish emigration to the United States of America is a long and bittersweet tale but the diaspora that now exists, millions of Irish Americans, is the single greatest legacy of one of the toughest times in the Emerald Isle’s history.

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8 Irish Sayings We Love

If you’re ever stuck for what to say you can be sure there’s an Irish saying out there that perfectly encapsulates your thoughts with humour, wisdom, poetry or some combination of all three!

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The Story of Saint Patrick and Saint Patrick’s Day

​With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d give a little insight into the story beyond green beer, green rivers and parades. Whilst all of that can be great fun, Saint Patrick, and the feast of Saint Patrick’s Day, is known and celebrated throughout the world primarily due to his legacy of truly establishing Christianity in Ireland and further afield.

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A Closer Look at the Glens of Antrim

​Ireland is a land steeped in history, tradition and culture. Add to that the natural beauty that surrounds us and we have to admit, we’re incredibly lucky to work towards conserving and celebrating such a wonderful landscape.

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5 Things the Irish have done for America

Ever wondered what the Irish have done for America? There is an indelible link between America & the Emerald Isle that continues to grow deeper and stronger even with the passing of generations and the changing of times. The 2 countries might be separated by geographical size, diversity and the Atlantic Ocean but the connection remains & is constantly revisited by tourists & public figures alike.

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Why Buy Green?

Every so often, here at Emerald Heritage, we get asked why we do what we do. Of course there are many reasons, including celebrating our own heritage and culture, but one of the driving factors is our hope to truly make a difference!

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Things to do in Ireland

The Emerald Isle is full of wonder and opportunity but if you’re visiting us for the first time you might be thinking – where to begin? Hopefully our suggestions will help inspire your next journey. See you soon…

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Irish Culture

At Emerald Heritage we love more than just the lush green fields and forests of Ireland. We also cherish and celebrate our Irish culture and heritage! Whether it’s sitting in Croke Park surrounded by thousands from your own county or listening to Luke Kelly sing until the hairs on your arms stand to attention, there’s something for everyone here on the Emerald Isle. Read our beginners guide.

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Ireland Role in the United States of America’s Independence

The Irish and the Americans, the USA and the Emerald Isle; we are inextricably linked forever more and part of that is due to Ireland’s role in the United States fight for Independence during the American Revolution. To celebrate this years 4th of July we thought we’d take a quick look back at the impact of our own Emerald Isle on the day when thirteen colonies became one new country.

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5 Irish Canadian Landmarks

Much like with the United States of America, the Irish have always had a strong bond with those across the water in Canada. From early settlements in Newfoundland to the great swathes of immigrants as a result of the famine, up to 14% of Canada’s population today is descendant from the Irish. We thought we would take a look at the lasting legacy & explore 5 major Irish landmarks in Canada today.

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6 Famous Irish Bars

The Irish pub or bar is famed throughout the world. Known for the craic, food, beer and whiskey, what’s not to like? It’s hard to imagine a town or city without one! That being said, there are always poor imitations or bandwagon hoppers so we thought we’d tell you about six of the best and steer you in the right direction!

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Wandering The Wild Atlantic Way

Imagine a trip to Ireland that places you on the edge of the Emerald Isle with nothing but incredible panoramic views, the bracing sea air and miles upon miles to explore. That’s exactly what you get on the Wild Atlantic Way, a journey along the rugged west of Ireland like no other.

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