International Travel — Europe
— Celtic Music & Irish Step-Dancing
— Irish Storytelling / Sheep-Herding
— Guinness, Irish Whiskey & Irish Coffee
Irish Traditions — All Things Irish
Ireland and its people are deeply rooted in traditions — here are a just a few of them:
Celtic Music & Irish Step-Dancing
Part of Ireland's culture includes its
beautiful Celtic music, Irish Jigs and traditional Irish Step-Dancing. When
performing step-dancing, only the person's feet move; the arms
stay motionless by their side.
The beats and rhythm coming from the shoes go together with the
the success of "Riverdance" and "Lord
of the Dance," Irish dancing is world-renowned.
St. Patrick's Day
— St. Patrick's Day Parade
Did you know that the St. Patrick's Day Parade started
in America, not Ireland? In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was
more of a religious holiday up until the 1970's. All the pubs in
Ireland were closed on that day — NOT today!
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the biggest and best
in the world. The Parade and Festival showcases Irish culture
and everyone comes out to celebrate
Irish heritage — no one parties more than the Irish during
this festive time.
Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
takes place on March 17th, usually around 12 noon. The parade
at Parnell Square North and runs for about two hours. In keeping
with tradition, the Lord Mayor leads the parade in a
coach dating back to 1791.
year, the parade has a different theme and features over
people and more than 2,000 performers, including international
marching bands — it's a FUN time to visit Ireland.
"Happy St. Patrick's Day" — or
as they say in Irish... "La Fheile Padraig Duit!"
Ireland's National Symbol
Everyone knows that Ireland is unique, but
did you know that it is the only country in the world that has
a musical instrument — the Harp — as its national emblem?
Fun Things To Do in Ireland
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Belfast City Sightseeing & Tours
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Killarney & County Kerry Tours
St. Patrick's Day "Flashing Pins"
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When to Visit
Ireland Festivals & Events
Sheep-herding is big in Ireland — keep
a lookout for the herds and stray sheep as you explore the Irish
countryside. Take a detour and travel off Ireland's
beaten path and backroads. Meet the locals and get a true flavor
The Irish are world-famous for their
storytelling. A "seanchai" is a traditional Irish storyteller.
It's an Irish tradition to sing songs or perform in some way that
a story — it can be by spoken word, a
song, a poem, a dance, a painting, an opera, a limerick... or
whatever. No one can tell a story
quite like the Irish — be sure
to keep a look-out for leprechauns!
Literary greats who have hailed from Ireland include:
George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker, Seamus Heaney, Jonathon Swift and James Joyce.
A Taste of Ireland
— Pint of Guinness
Famous for its hearty traditional Irish breakfasts and black
pudding, Ireland is also known for its delicious Irish cheeses.
bread, smoked salmon, shellfish and fresh seafood, yogurt, potatoes,
fish and chips, Irish soups and stews, rhubarb, cakes and puddings
— and of course, Irish Whiskey
and a pint or two of Guinness!
Guinness Storehouse is an absolute "must-do" when visiting Dublin, especially if you're a beer lover — it's Ireland's Top Tourist Attraction!
— Irish Coffee
Legend has it that the first Irish Coffee was created by Joe Sheridan in 1942, at Ireland's Shannon Airport (southwest of Dublin).
In November 1952, Jack Koeppler (then-owner of the Buena Vista in San Francisco, California), challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to recreate the Irish Coffee served at Shannon Airport... and together they did! And the rest is history. Today, Irish Coffee is popular the world over.