There’s more to Ireland than potatoes and beer. The clink of Guinness glasses as you stare into a friendly face and declare “sláinte” becomes a happy sound that alerts your taste buds to the liquid satisfaction imminent. Rolling green hills drop into dramatic cliffs, plunging into the endless ocean as you catch your breath and snap a pic.
Dublin combines the best of Ireland’s traits, a deep Celtic and Georgian history combined a warm, friendly, modern buzz. For the historical tour there are a few must see’s –the Archaeology branch of Ireland’s national museum includes a huge collection of both prehistoric and Celtic artefacts, Trinity College also provides an educational history as well as the world famous “Book of Kells”. Finally the ex-prison of Kilmainham Gaol sheds light on some of the darker patches of Dublin’s history. A perfect place to bridge the gap between Dublin’s historical legacy and its reputation for heavy nights is the Guinness Storehouse. A 7 story shrine to Ireland’s historic drink, any fans of the black stuff will be endlessly delighted. If the storehouse wets your appetite and you wish to experience the best of legendary Irish hospitality - Dublin has over a thousand pubs to keep you entertained well into the night.
Outside of the Capital the city of Cork is Irelands culinary centre – a mixture of markets sporting local produce and contemporary restaurants putting modern twists on Irish classics – Cork certainly provides the flavour of Irish culture (I’ve had traditional Irish ham cooked by a resident of Cork – it’s definitely worth a look). St Johns castle in Limerick will excite any castle lover and the hugely traditional Irish – speaking valleys of Connemara display Irelands majestic yet dramatic landscape.