What is Ireland Famous For?

Ireland is a beautiful country filled with friendly people.

The country has contributed to the world in a number of ways. It also happens to be a great travel destination that welcomes many people each year. But, just what is Ireland famous for? Here’s a look.

Natural Beauty

They call Ireland the “Emerald Isle” for a reason. The country is filled with rich greenery and stunning geography. Ireland is home to the second highest cliffs in Europe; the Croaghuaun on Achill Island. The cliffs reach 599 metres above the Atlantic Ocean, putting them behind Cape Enniberg in the Faroe Islands.

Dublin is home to the third-largest walled city parks in Europe; Phoenix Park. It’s a total of 707 hectares/1750 acres. Another wonderful piece of greenery is the Japanese Gardens in Kildare. These gardens were laid between 1906 and 1910 by Tassa Eida and are considered the finest such gardens in Europe.

Guinness

It’s impossible to think about the Irish without thinking about their love of beer; in particular Guinness. Most people consider Guinness to be one of the most famous things to come out of Ireland.

This humble black drink originates from mid-18th century Ireland; at St James’ Gate Brewery. A really fun fact about the Guinness brewery is that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on the St James Gate Brewery, meaning that the place will be owned by Guinness for over 8,000 more years.

The original Guinness recipe is said to have been created by a Welshman known as Arthur Price. Arthur brought the recipe to Ireland and hired Richard Guinness as a servant. The recipe would be passed on to Guinness who would, of course, create the drink we all know and love.

Literature

The beauty of Ireland reaches past the natural landscapes and pervades the literature of the country. Many of the greatest writers in the world were born and bred in Ireland. James Joyce – writer of Ulysses and Fingermans Wake – along with Oscar Wilde – of The Picture of Dorian Gray fame – made their start in Ireland.

Ireland has only continued to produce great writers who were no doubt inspired by their surroundings, including Brendan Behan, W.B Yeats, Roddy Doyle, and Eoin Colfier; creator of the Artemis Fowl series.

Music

Ireland is famous for music of course. There’s traditional Irish music of course and Celtic ballad of course.

Then you have the modern musical geniuses of Ireland such as U2 and Sinead O’Connor.

U2 are best known for songs such as Pride (In the Name of Love), With Or Without You, and Beautiful Day. Sinead is perhaps most well-known for her cover of Nothing Compares 2 U by Prince. She took a controversial take on the song that made it one of the most successful versions of the song.

Everyone who loves Irish music has heard of Enya; the Irish songstress from Gaeltacht area of Dore, Gweedore. Enya’s music combines Celtic, new age, and folk music to create something unique and beautiful. She came to the attention of the world as a whole following the release of Shepard Moon and Memory of Trees. Irish culture and history is filled with beautiful music, making it one of the things the Emerald Isle is most famous for.

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