Are you completely in love with Ireland? Pretty likely, as it is a rather swoon-worthy destination, and we’re sure your clients adore it too, which is why you should skill up on these fun facts, and impress them with your Trinity College-level knowledge.
Ireland is a multi-faceted destination, with surprises and wonder at every turn, so if you think you know all there is to know about Ireland, it’s time to test your knowledge, and hopefully, learn something new to pass on.
Here are some interesting quirks you can impress your clients with when assisting them with their travel plans to the Emerald Isle.
1. The WAW is WOW!
Stretching 2,500km between County Donegal in the north west of the island right down to County Cork in the south, the Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.
The route passes through nine counties and some of the most magnificent landscapes including rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and charming towns.
2. Birthplace of Halloween
Thanks to the modern celebration of Halloween, most people believe it to be an American tradition.
Alas, it’s not.
Halloween is Ireland’s most ancient festival, originating in the ancient Irish and Celtic tradition of ‘Samhain’ (pronounced sah-win), which is old Irish for ‘summer’s end’.
3. A Golf lovers paradise
There are more than 400 golf clubs around the island of Ireland including a third of the world’s natural links courses and a selection of exceptional championship courses.
And the best thing about it is there are no memberships required to play at any of the golf courses, but advanced booking is advisable.
Home of champions and a favourite destination among many golf legends and celebrities a major part of the appeal is the island’s unmistakable 19th hole, also known as the good “craic” after a round.
4. Irish Whiskey dates back to the 6th Century
Irish Whiskey is one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe.
According to historical records, some adventurous Irish Christian monks were travelling the world when they picked up the trade of distillation from Arabia around 500-600AD.
Upon returning to the motherland, they continued to refine the art of distilling grain and water; this result of which is what is known as whiskey, or ‘uisge beatha’ (water of life).
5. World’s Oldest Yacht Club
Founded in 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is known to be the oldest yacht club in the world.
As the host to Cork Week, Ireland’s largest and most prestigious biennial sailing event, the event attracts boats and sailors from around the world.
The next event will take place in July 2022.
6. Land of Castles
There are surprisingly more than 30,000 castle ruins around the island or Ireland.
Yep, that’s a lot of history packed into the Emerald Isle.
Found in every county, each castle or ruin has its own unique story, design and defining reason. Some well-preserved ones have even been turned into modern-day residences and hotel resorts.
7. Ireland’s Unmistakable Musical Talent
Ireland has won the Eurovision song contest more times than any other participating country (in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996).
There’s no denying that the Irish are musically talented.
From popular bands and singers such as U2, Van Morrison, The Cranberries, Thin Lizzy, Enya, The Corrs and Snow Patrol to those who hero traditional folk music at Trad Fest, Ireland’s musical footprint is embedded across the island.
To learn more about Ireland and the endless experiences on offer, join your colleagues and industry peers at Tourism Ireland’s Virtual Expo taking place on 7 and 8 September where you can connect with 30+ Ireland industry suppliers and local market tour operators, see what’s new, enjoy some lively Irish entertainment, and even win prizes.
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