A huge, huge thank you to Beka for allowing me this opportunity of guest posting on her blog! Today I am going to give you a small taste of Ireland. No! I don’t mean a pint of Guinness, I mean a taste of Ireland’s culture, scenery, food, history and the people of this beautiful country.
Ireland is a country full of culture from our traditional music, dance and sport.
Ireland is well known for its traditional Irish music and instruments such as the fiddle, and the bodhran and many musicians such as Christy Moore. Even though I’m not a huge lover of traditional music there is something inside of me that just wants to dance when it begins to play! It’s just so joyful and you honestly can’t help yourself but move that body of yours to the jig.
Irish dancing is world renowned due to the touring of the river dance. I’m no pro at this sort of dance or any type of dancing for that matter, but let’s not get into my awkward body jerking and hip movements!
There is something magical with watching Irish dancing. It’s hypnotising to watch and a lot of hard work to do! In school we had lessons in Irish dancing and had to hold hands with boys when cooties were still a thing! I know horrible right?! After minutes of nose scrunching in disgust and awkward giggling the dancing soon began!
If you’re visiting Ireland you won’t see much Irish dancing, but if you go to a pub during the night I’m sure there will be a few shows of drunk men and women who believe they are pros!
Now my favourite part of the Irish culture is our sport! Gaelic football and camogie (for women) or hurling (for men). These sports are quire confusing for some people to wrap their heads around but if I had to try and explain. It’s like a mixture of football and basketball. It’s really fun to play. Camogie has always been the sport I have been the best at. I started playing from a young age. Maybe it was because I had a stick and could “accidentally” hit someone in the shin.
Croke Park is our best stadium in the country and the gaelic teams who play are very honoured to play on this pitch in a stadium that seats over 80,000 people. The atmosphere there is amazing.
Ireland has so much natural beauty throughout the country. There are so many places to see for example the Giant’s Causeway or the Marble Arches and the Burren. It is so peaceful just standing or sitting in nature having time to yourself, taking beautiful photography to preserve the memory of your visit. Ireland is so green and beautiful.
Food is a huge part of Ireland. We love our food. Food glorious food! Irish people also love comfort food, for example Irish stew. This is the most amazing comfort food you could have. It warms you up inside and it’s just lovely. You have to go to a traditional Irish pub and have some Irish pub grub to get a proper taste of Ireland!
The people in Ireland are very welcoming apart from the odd c*nt you meet here and there, but for the most part you will meet lovely people who are very helpful and kind. Be kind to them and they’ll be kind back. In the country, compared to the city, people smile and say hello to everyone they meet which was a lot different from when I lived in Dublin, where everyone walks with their head down or has earphones in ignoring the world.
Lastly, Ireland is saturated with history. If you are a lover of history you would love Ireland and all the history that is here from Wolfe Tone and the Irish revolution, to the Magdalene Laundries where pregnant women were sent if they had a child out of wedlock, the 1916 rising, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War, and so, so, so much more!
These are reason why I believe people should visit my beautiful country. Again, a huge, huge thank you to Beka for allowing me to post here! You can find me at foreverthewanderer.ie/wp
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Hi lovelies, Beka here! I want to say a big thank you to Anne for guest posting on my blog today – remember to show her some love, comment on this post, and check out her social media links!
We’ve collaborated together to write about why we each think you should visit our home countries, and you can read my reasons why I think you should visit Scotland over on her blog, here.