Facts you need to know to better understand the cultural and tourist identity of the Emerald Isle!
Ireland is a wonderful country full of wonders … Despite its small size, it spreads all over the world with its culture and wild beauty! Whether for its music, Irish friendship, or its iconic tourist sites, the Emerald Isle has a wealth of assets and attracts millions of visitors every year!
Looking to find out more? If you’ve ever been interested in finding it, here’s some extra information you need to know to prepare for your trip!
1. Wild Atlantic Way
The longest coastal road in the world!
This may surprise you … but it’s true. Ireland has a major Atlantic coast. It has the longest coastal road in the world! The “Wild Atlantic Way” (its official name) is estimated to cover more than 2500 km (or 1600 miles).
It spans more than 9 Irish counties, making it possible to take advantage of a wide variety of landscapes. The circuit allows you to discover Ireland in unexpected and always majestic aspects like rocks, beaches, mountains, incredible bays, deep forests, ridges, desert landscapes, ruined castles, dolmens and other megaliths. Glory!
The road is great, paved with places you should definitely stop. We advise you to rent a car or own a cargo boat for more freedom. You can do it at your own pace, and find a country on a human level between small colorful villages and stunning scenery!
2. Ireland produces 10 million pints of Guinness a day!
Beer distributed worldwide!
Speed may seem like hell … but it’s the equivalent of the success of Ireland’s largest brewery! Guinness Brewery (belonging to the Diageo Group) produces amazing amounts of brown beer by its name.
There are over a million pints a day in Ireland!
But contrary to popular belief, the famous brownish brown is not the most widely used country Ireland നൈ Nigeria is the most widely used country on earth! Available there since 1827, Irish beer is an institution that drinks a little differently from Ireland… There, Nigerians drink it not from a pint, but from the neck of its glass bottle! Condemned a practice in green erin … (pint is mandatory!)
3. Halloween is a holiday that originated in Ireland
Originally a celebration far away from the USA
You may have thought that Halloween was actually an American holiday … but the facts are true: this holiday is actually from an Irish tradition known as “Samine”.
This is actually an Irish tradition that is over a thousand years old. At that time, on the eve of Halloween, the Celts believed that the spirits of the dead came to visit the mortal world. To ward off evil spirits, they put on clothes and lit a fire. This feast, also known as the Samhain Feast, which means “dark half”, also marked the beginning of winter.
Today, tradition has changed a bit. Following the strong Irish immigration (following the Great Famine) imports to the United States, the Samine Festival was modernized to make way for the Halloween party.
There are still some traces of the original time: sparks, pumpkins, references to Jack O’Lantern … etc.
Located on the shores of the foil, the London Halloween Carnival is the oldest Halloween celebration in Ireland and the largest street party in Ireland.
4. St. Patrick was not Irish
The Irish patron was actually Scottish … or Welsh
In Ireland, we do not confuse St. Patrick. It must be said that this man was praised by the Irish for preaching the gospel in Ireland in the fifth century. There is no shortage of stories and legends about it, and the Irish are still very much associated with this part of their history (do not forget that the country is still strongly Catholic).
He knew how to hunt snakes in Ireland and taught King Angus the concept of the Holy Trinity with a three-leaf clover … and thus earned the honor of converting the Irish to Christianity!
Because his story is so important in Ireland, every March 17th is celebrated as “St. Patrick’s Day”, which allows everyone to celebrate the pride of Irish. All the symbols go there: clover, leprosy, symbols of the saint … In short: St. Patrick is the one who evokes Ireland and its culture and folklore …
But did you know that St. Patrick was not really Irish? Theories that the man would actually be Scottish or Welsh! From its original name, Mavin Sukat“The monk would certainly have been born on the island of Brittany … but theories differ: some give birth to him in Wales near Carlisle … others speculate that he was born in the village of Old Kilpatrick in Scotland.
The story goes that he too was captured by the Irish and sold into slavery and forced to work as a shepherd in County Antrim (Northern Ireland). He reportedly escaped after a few years of hard work and was able to return home.
On his return, the pope would entrust him with an important mission: to evangelize Ireland … which is why he decided to return there to begin a lengthy conversion process among the pagan Irish people … isn’t it fascinating?
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