All travelers admitted, that there are 4 most beautiful natural landscapes on earth. Those are: New Zealand, Scotland, Tasmania and Ireland. I have never been to those countries, except Ireland just recently, so for me Ireland is the best. Of course I can’t cover the whole nation in a week, hence I had just arranged the 3 days Dublin city tour, Wild Wicklow and Glendalough tour, Newgrange and Monasterboice tour, Cliffs of Moher tour, and last but not least a tour to Howth. The tour to Howth was taken care by my beautiful friends Michal Rupinski and his wife Marlena Rupinska.
For the whole story and accurate information about Ireland you can find in the website. One is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Ireland
The short story, based on my own experience you can read and watch at the following slides. I hope you enjoy it.
Part 1: Wild Wicklow and Glendalough
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Part 2: Newgrange and Monasterboice:
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Part 3. The Cliffs of Moher
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Part 4: Howth Island
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There quite a lot of Irish celebrities in the World. from Bernard Shaw, Yeats, Oscar Wilde, West Life Band, Bono (U2), Enya, Sean O’ Connery, President of the USA late John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and so many more. What I really impressed was when I visited the Writers Museum in Dublin, I found out that so many good writers in the world were with Irish Origin. I spent about two hours in the Writers Museum to read about great writers of Ireland, another two hours in Dublinia Museum to learn about the history of Ireland, even longer at the little Post Museum to observe their heroic actions. Ireland has a great history of pain as well as victory. this country experience famine, leprosy and also prosperity. A country that heavily relied on religion mostly on Catholicism and Protestantism that brought them into the longest civil war might be in the world history.
Although the number of Irish people or people with Irish origin are greater abroad than in Ireland, but they are known as brave and intelligent people, they are nice though also known as heavy drinkers. My short stay in Ireland is wonderful and hard to forget. I am fallen in love with Ireland, I love their Irish accent, their warmth gesture and the beautiful natural landscape of the country.
The history of Ireland as you can quote from Wikipedia among others, covered:
- 1 Prehistory (8000BC–400AD)
- 2 Early Christian Ireland (400–800)
- 3 Early medieval and Viking era (800–1166)
- 4 Norman Ireland (1168–1536)
- 5 Early modern Ireland (1536–1691)
- 6 Protestant ascendancy (1691–1801)
- 7 Union with Great Britain (1801–1912)
- 8 Home Rule, Easter Rising and War of Independence (1912–1922)
- 9 Free State and Republic (1922–present)
- 10 Northern Ireland