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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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