• Phil Davenport

Ireland Ancient Land

We venture into the ancient, green and cheery country of Ireland. Visit ancient monoliths, old churches, castles and modern cities. Sip traditional beers and whiskeys or get stuck in at one of Ireland’s many festivals.

Ireland has an ancient history. The first people on the island, arriving at some point in the Stone Age, were gradually replaced by a fiery culture of Celts around 1000BC. The Celts crafted beautiful monuments, with a unique architecture that was further modified by the influence of Roman expansion. Celtic kings and their subjects were also easily converted to Christianity by the first Christian missionaries, which is why Ireland is so well adorned with ancient churches. Ireland suffered regular invasion by the Normans and English before the King of England announced his annexation of the land. However, even after the union with England, relations with the Kingdom remained frigid, and were further antagonised by religious differences. After a partition of the state in the 20th century, and much civil violence, Ireland has reached a state of peace, and is now a wonderful destination for tourists from around the world.

Most visitors’ first stopover while traveling Ireland will be beautiful Dublin. Hidden behind the old and mossy exterior is a wonderfully modern city with upmarket shopping and traditional pubs from which to sip on dark and heart-warming pints. Make sure to take a stroll in St. Stephen’s Green after visiting the mournful Kilmainham Gaol prison complex. Then, to cap it all, hit the streets for a pub-and-club crawl.

Make sure you trip to Count Kerry in the country’s South West. Kerry is a beautiful and hilly corner of Ireland, a truly ancient land, where visitors can wonder around ancient castles like Killaha where Celtic kings used to roam.

Natural monuments, like the cold, dark lakes of Cloon Lough and Lough Acloose are easily admired, and just as easily fished. When you’re all fished up head to Bridia Valley for some classic Irish country hiking, or head to the remote Valentia Island for a taste of good-old rural Irish living.

Cork County also has its share of ancient castles. Just take a look at Three Castle Head to find out why. In fact, Cork is riddled with castles. Cork was also the last bit of Europe that emigrants would see on the way to the New World during the colonial era. The Mizen Head, and its lighthouse, was a particular spot that would stay in many Irish expats’ memories. On the top end of Ireland, in County Donegal, lies Fanad Head, which also houses a lighthouse, but sees a lot less traffic. The northern county has many beautiful natural landmarks, like Murder Hole Beach and the Great Pollet Arch.

Don’t visit Ireland without stopping off in the town of Galway. Galway looks onto the Atlantic Ocean, and every car enthusiast needs to drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Galway is also home to Connemara National Park where one can grasp the full beauty of the Irish wild. When in town take the time to go and watch a traditional Irish dancing show, and a walk along Quay Street.

Ireland is a beautiful country, both green and ferociously wild at times, but always comforting and heart-warming. A friendly people and a deep history are firmly fixed within the gorgeous natural landscape, begging the lurking visitor to come and visit this amazing land.

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