Posted: 1:14 pm Friday, March 9th, 2018
In honor of the upoming celebrations for St. Pattys day I figured we should get to know Ireland better.
Here are some fun facts you might not know about Ireland.
Ireland is the size of the state of Maine!
Makes getting around really easy. It takes about 2 hours to travel across the country. The population is about 4.7 million. There are more people living in NYC then in the entire country.
Pubs close down at midnight.
There might be a few after hours places in cities but for the most part pubs close early. In an effort to curb drinking last call is usually just before midnight
Guinness means no other stouts
This past fall I was in Ireland for a few weeks and spent some time at a few local breweries. The brewers told me they don’t even bother making stouts because Guinness makes it impossible to sell a stout.
Although people probably drink Ireland drinks more beer than any other country that is untrue. It is actually the Czech Republic that consumes the most!
Cliffs of Moher
Among all the amazing things you can see in Ireland one of the best are the Cliffs of Moher. Used as a filming location is some pretty memorable films like Harry Potter and Princess Bride and a must see to any trip.
Did you know that the Dingle Peninsula is home to the new Star Wars trilogy? The new movies are being filmed there and they are super proud of it. When you drive down the winding roads of the peninsula there are signs all over that say “Home to Star Wars”.
Ireland is the only country to have a musical instrument as a national symbol and they also share it with Guinness as their company symbol.
Belfast is where the Titanic was built. They have a wonderful, interactive museum on the docks where it set sail from.
Belfast has Winterfell
Game of Thrones is filmed in and outside of Belfast. They have a huge studio on the docks of the city and you can even visit Winterfell. I did a GoT tour when I was there and it was one of my favorite experiences.
Northern Ireland has seen its share of suffering. They refer to the 40 year time period that Belfast was a police state as The Troubles. It is remarkable to think that up until 1998 it was impossible to travel there. The area is still rebuilding and shedding its past.
Did you learn something new about Ireland? Is there something interesting that you know?