Why go to Ireland???

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This is a question I asked myself many times over my lifetime.
What is it about Ireland that attracts people so? What magic draws them, time after time, to this small island hovering on the edge of Europe?
The quick answer is the beauty. Or the history. Or the people. Well, I guess there isn’t one quick answer, is there?
Coming from America, I do know that one of the chief attractions of Ireland is that it is so compact. It’s small. The island itself is only 100 miles by 300 miles. There is no place more than an hours’ drive from the ocean. Within one day, you can travel to countless pubs, castles, stone circles, stunning cliffs or historic houses.
One day driving in America from Miami will barely get you out of Florida, a particularly flat and boring trip along tree-lined I-95. I know, I’ve done that drive many times. It’s boring as hell.
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Certainly Ireland is full of lovely sites, stunning vistas, cool megalithic structures, and amazing people. But there is more to Ireland than just the sites. There is a magic within the land. A magic that calls to us, that echoes in our bones and our blood. So many people in America are proud to claim some Irish heritage, even if it is only a tiny percentage of their ancestry. Why is that?
Is it the reputed luck of the Irish? Any student of history knows that the Irish haven’t been particularly lucky throughout the centuries. Perhaps it is the stubborness of the people. They have refused, year after year, century after century, to be beaten down. They survived 900 years of occupation from a foreign government, and have emerged a nation once again. What other civilization can claim that? It’s an incredible feat. In fact, it’s a feat they are celebrating right now. Easter 2016 is the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916, the rising which finally ignited Ireland into their final, successful fight for independence from Great Britain.
The land holds a particular mystery. 5,000 year old structures amaze and mystify even today. Highly engineered solar calendars, burial tombs, and fairy hills draw all manner of scientists and pagans to their magic. There is something particularly special about the hills of Ireland.
While the land itself is amazing, with no doubt, it’s the people I look forward to interacting with the most. My last trip was in November, so it was dark by 4pm. That left limited time for sight-seeing. I spent many evenings in the pubs, talking with the locals, learning their stories and making new friends.
Why don’t you plan your own trip to this magical island? Free yourself from the binding chains of the tour guide, and make your own way across this land. Find where your ancestors once lived, or climb a 900-foot tall sea cliff and gaze across the ocean at Sliabh Liag. Explore the unspoiled Beara Peninsula, avoiding the teeming tour buses on the Ring of Kerry. Or climb up Uisneach, the spiritual and geographic center of the island. Find the hidden gems and experience the land itself.
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My guide, Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland, can help you do exactly that. It’s on sale now for $5.99, down from $9.99. It includes some myth and history of Ireland, and tips and tricks to planning your own trip. It tells you how to get Euros ahead of time, how to navigate the confusion of renting a car and getting insurance, and even how to buy a round at the pub!
What’s more, it’s chock-full of photos I’ve taken on my own trips to Ireland, as well as many hidden gems to find yourself, organized by county so you can plan appropriately. It even mentions some filming locations, such as for #GameofThrones or #Braveheart.
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Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.

– Better To Have Loved

– Legacy of Hunger

– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland

– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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7 comments on “Why go to Ireland???
  1. Love this! It’s true, my first trip off this continent was to Ireland. I took to the Transit stations with a basket that said “Busking My Way To Ireland.” It turned out to be Wales. I needed to see, but it was Ireland that called me, and I will definitely be going back!

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  2. steve says:

    The first pic I would love a print of that amazing pic

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  4. Great article Christy! You responded to my comment re: my upcoming Ireland trip under your Scotland post on a Facebook group page but I was unable to reply as Facebook blocked me for posting on too many groups within a certain amount of time. They suspect spam when this happens so I’m suspended for a day. :-/ Crazy! I just wanted to be able to respond to you as you commented so kindly on what a delightful time I will have! Thank you for sharing your blog link. You have a new fan. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you found value from both of them. And best of luck on your trip… I know it will be fantastic. Do be careful, though… Ireland is incredibly addicting. Just keep in mind that you cannot see everything in one short trip. Plan your trip as if you’ll be back some day.

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