1. It is always an adequate time to grab a beer in a pub, no matter what time in the day it is. Also, an Irish Pub can’t be compared to a regular pub in any other country… there is this very unique atmosphere which is hard to describe to a person who hasn’t been to an Irish Pub. You just have to experience it by yourself! But I’ll try to give you an impression.
To me the most memorable things were the bunch of broody older guys who seem to be perfectly at piece sitting there for hours, without talking, just enjoying their beers. Also the Irish music played by the live singer and his/her guitar. There was a singer in every single Pub I entered. I also love the way the Irish stay true to their beer brands. You wouldn’t be able to buy an imported beer in a true Irish Pub.
2. People, even the ones who work in the touristsector, don’t treat you like you are just another tourist. They really make an effort to give you the chance to get to know the real Ireland and it’s culture. Me and a friend walked into the National Gallery in Dublin, but since it was the 31st of December, most parts of it were closed. So we were about to leave the building again, when the security guy stopped us, obviously feeling bad about the situation and immediately trying to make up for it by telling us stories about Ireland and the first and second world war. We stood there and listened to him for about 20 minutes and afterwards we couldn’t believe how nice this guy was for sharing all that with us.
3. The way even adults are totally fine with still believing in fairies, leprechauns, spirits and so on. It goes so far that, if you destroy or harm a fairy fort, which are believed to be portals between the fairy world and our world, you have to pay up to 25.000 euros. Also, it is also a commonly believed fact that, if you harm a fairy fort, the fairies will get their revenge. There are stories (even in Irish newspapers) about people who lost all their money, got into accidents and so on, after they messed with the fairies.
4. The vibrant cities with lots of culture, museums, shops and nightlife, but within 30 minutes you are in the total nature with rough cliffs, the wild Atlantic and most importantly very few people who would be destroying your quality time with nature.
5. The way Irish people seem to be so connected to their history and heritage. Almost every Irish person you’ll meet will be able to tell you some historical fact or legend about a castle, a city, a statue or their ancestors.
They keep their history and their heritage strong by not only remembering but practicing their ancient traditions.
6. The Irish humor –> as mentioned in my previous post.
7. The cliffs.
Since Ireland is an Island there is quite a lot of stunning cliff scenery to be seen. The feeling I got, standing at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the rough Atlantic Ocean… I can’t even put it into words.
8. There are SO many rainbows to be seen.
Since the conditions for a rainbow to appear are perfect in Ireland, with rain and sunshine take turns almost hourly. Rainbows are also a big part of the Irish mythology. I’m sure most of you heard about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
9. The green.
No doubt, one of the most commonly knowncliché of Ireland is that the island is unbelievable green. Since I went to Ireland in winter, I didn’t expect to see any of it. BUT, I couldn’t believe my eyes when we got to the countryside and there it was… Green in hundreds of different shades… so beautiful I can’t even imagine what it must look like in summer.
The Irish also have quite a variation of names for its green, which makes the importance of green in Ireland obvious. Grass Green, Seaweed Green, St. Stephens Green, Flag Green, Hedge Green, Tree Green, Clover Green are just some of them.
10. Irish blessings.
There was at least one Irish blessing in a frame in every single room I went during my stay in Ireland!
„May your joys be as deep as the oceans,
your troubles as light as its foam.
And may you find sweet peace of mind,
wherever you may roam. „
„As you slide down the bannister of life,
may the splinters never point the wrong way.“
and my absolute favorite…
„May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.“