Ireland - what a country!
We have some amazing people, food and other things that have come out of our little country. To add to it all, we were crowned top country around the world in 2016 by the "Good Country Index"
Let's take a moment to appreciate some of the great things we have on offer:
Talking about Ireland is not complete without mentioning the "Black Stuff". It's easily one of the most popular things about Ireland and doesn't taste the same anywhere else. Guinness is exported far & wide and the brewery makes almost €2 Billion worth of the stuff annually. A trip to Dublin is not complete without a visit to the brewery in James's Gate.
- Conor McGregor
The plumber turned Champion MMA fighter was born in the small town of Crumlin in Dublin. Apparently, he is now worth over €600 million! His recent fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas was a HUGE event and even though he lost, he still went home with nearly €180 million.
- Aran Jumpers
Officially an iconic piece of clothing! The Aran jumper has made it into the Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibition in New York. The exhibition celebrates the 111 most prominent pieces of clothing in history. Yes, those jumpers that keep you warm in winter are because of the Irish. The Aran Islands are one of the last few places keeping the Irish culture alive by making this cosy knitwear.
- Gaelic Football & Hurling
We even have our very own sports! Gaelic football is different to your standard football - the pitch is a lot bigger due to the 30 players instead of 22. Dublin beat Mayo by 1 nail biting point in this years final. Also, Hurling is the fastest grass sport in the world - pretty impressive, right?
Of course, this worldwide famous rock band make an appearance on the list! Bono and co have been performing (and flying the Irish flag) since the 1970's and are considered legends.
- Irish Stew
Sometimes you just need a hearty stew to warm you up after a long day at university. Irish Stew usually includes lamb, potatoes, carrots and onions and it's DELICIOUS.
The popular budget airline started in Ireland (Dublin to be specific) in the 80's and from there it has really taken off (excuse the pun) and become popular in other parts of Europe. Fancy going on holiday? Be quick, the sooner you book flights, the cheaper! Everyone has an opinion on Ryanair, but no one can deny it has helped a lot of people do a lot more travelling, with their budget prices.
- Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad first became famous in the 80's and has been a household name ever since. Her 90's hit 'Nothing Compares to You' is what she is most famous for (perfect for the karaoke lovers out there). She has hit a rough patch of late and we hope she gets all the help she deserves!
- Trad Music
It might not be the music you listen to by choice, but why not give Irish Trad Music a try? The unique genre of folk music has been modernised by pop, rock and electronic sounds over recent years. For a good oul session, head to Temple Bar, for more trad pubs than you can shake a fiddle at.
- Colin Farrell
We can't forget one of Hollywood's biggest stars - Colin Farrel. The Irish star has been in LOTS of different films in his lifetime - American Outlaw, Daredevil and S.W.A.T. being some of his best. He's still kept his Irish accent after all this time too - legend!