What to Expect During Your Irish Vacation
The cheerfulness and friendliness of the Irish people only increases in the countryside and villages where the people are ever happier to socialize and talk. Beautiful cosy cottages, churchyards filled with moss, thatched roofs and pet dogs fill the villages of Ireland with their charm. The scene takes us back in time when people were not in a hurry to attend this meeting and that engagement, and were able to just sit and enjoy the beauties of nature, and the peace and quiet. If you want to relax your nerves, a visit to one of such villages is the best medicine you can possibly take. The gentle serenity, and the warmth of the people, is sure to make you feeling better in no time at all. However, the villages are so huddled away that sometimes people are in despair while trying to find them, but stumbling upon one of these havens is much more fun than a properly laid down travel plan. So gather up the courage, throw away your map, and go on a hunt to find these villages to be breath-taken by its charm and beauty.
Cashel of the Kings, located in Tipperary, is a group of church relics that are hundreds of years old. It is the largest group of relics. And the way to the site is long, but worth it. The travel takes you back into the legendary days of the past with the Isle of Eire was conquered by the Celtic Christians. Monasteries and shrines started appearing in the area in the 5th century AD; the structures were ornamented with treasured crosses, stories, and biblical symbols. The land is also home to the Round Towers in which people used to look out for raids by the Vikings. You can find a couple of excellent sites north of Dublin, near the River Boyne; Newgrange, which is older than the pyramids of Egypt, and the Stonehenge, and is a prehistoric monument with chambers and, a passageway made of stone; and Tara, which was once the seat of the Irish High Kings.
Wonders of Nature
The Emerald Isle is rich in wildly spectacular and rugged scene because of its amazing coastlines, seascapes, and wild bogs. Other than the natural beauty and splendour is the countryside which is decorated with charming little villages where the residents are outnumbered by the sheep. However, the splendour of the region is such that the sheep cannot outnumber the large number of visitors attracted to the place.
The political and physical isolation of Ireland has greatly influenced and inspired the country’s literature. For a country as small as Ireland, it is exceptional the amount of literary writers it has given birth to. The country is also the home of four winners of the Nobel Prize: W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett. Other than these, there is a long list of literary assets including, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Faolain, Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Edna O’Brien, and James Joyce. The literary heritage of Ireland is visible wherever you go. Joyce’s Liffey, cathedral of Dean Swift, the Abbey Theatre, which is a strong symbol of the great Irish playwrights, can all be found in Dublin. The county of Sligo inspired the works of Yeats, J. M. Synge was influenced by the brooding beauty of the Aran Islands, and Frank O’Connor was influenced by Cork. The literary heritage of the Irish follows wherever you go in Ireland.
Whether the stately homes of Ireland are a proud reminder of having shared a history with the British, or symbols of a colonial past under the British, is not known. But, if you want ti indulge in luxury, and relive the downfall of the past, then your solution is these magnificent mansions and lavish stately houses, built during 17th-19th century by the Anglo-Irish Protestant Ascendancy. The resourceful, wealthy, and able settlers built these houses in different styles of architecture. Before the neo-Gothic and neo-classical designs took over, the Palladian designs were popular in the 18th century and influenced the style of the stately mansions. The Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle have been converted into hotels so as to make its visitors feel royal and special, and make them feel like they are living the past.
After you are done seeing all the traditional Irish products marked with stickers of ‘made in China’, you will come across goods of the finest quality in Europe. Although the items are pricey, they are sure to last for a lifetime; a Donegal hat, an Aran sweater that is knitted by hand, Belfast tablecloth made of linen, or Cravan crystal objects are some of the fine goods. Search for antiques, Irish and European fashions, and vintage books in Dublin. They are displayed at shops such as the Platform and Costume. Galway is a great place for buying books and has many boutiques and galleries. Keep your eyes open to spot shops selling crafts; independent craftsmen sell goods directly and you can find some amazing objects to take home as a souvenir. Excellent linen, hand-made garments of wool and lace are some of the best products of the North. However, if you are not up for expensive objects, then you can buy the CDs with traditional music or the plain walking stick made of blackthorn.