Rocking that Shamrock: A Traveler’s Guide to Ireland, the Emerald Isles

Rocking that Shamrock: A Traveler’s Guide to Ireland, the Emerald Isles

I love traveling. The feeling of the wind hitting my face as I stand on the boat and watch the sceneries is divine. Many can relate to how that feels. But what if one day, you receive a call from your boss or you have to work in a particular country? In a place where we eat soda bread, drink Guinness and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

It’s none other than Ireland. If you haven’t heard of it, then I’m pretty sure you know a celebrity or influences who lives there. People like Connor McGregor, Conan O’Brien, Olivia Wilde, and Mel Gibson are a few who have Irish roots.

Fun Facts about Ireland

  • During St. Patrick’s Day, all banks, stores, and businesses close to making way for the festival.
  • The shamrock is Ireland’s national symbol. This is about Irish Christian belief of the Trinity
  • Guinness, an Irish dry stout made from barley and Shamrock shakes are the most popular drinks during St. Patrick’s Day
  • 10 – 30% of Ireland’s population carry a unique pigmentation that gives the residents red hair

Okay, so now that we’re a little familiar with what the Irish are all about. Here is a list of the perfect tourist spots to visit while staying there.

Where should we go?

 

The Little Museum of Dublin

I’m the nerdy type who loves history, so it isn’t a wonder that a museum is on my Ireland bucket list. I’ve heard that Dublin also hosts tours by land and sea and something called a Green Mile Walking Tour. It is an excellent experience if you are as wanderlust and curious as me.

Grafton Street, Dublin

While in Dublin, let’s take a little trip to Grafton Street, where all the magic happens. The place is filled with performers, shops, and flower sellers. Here you can find cafes that serve delicious traditional breakfast. The pleasant people in Grafton ensure you get exciting stories here and there.

Stephen’s Green

A garden boasts natural green grass, beautiful trees, and an ambient atmosphere. St. Stephen’s Green is the place to be if you want to relax. There’s a recreation ground, a duck pond, and playgrounds nearby. It is the perfect place to have a picnic. I wouldn’t mind spending my morning there with a loved one. How about frolicking in the grass while your partner feeds you with a PB&J sandwich? Yes, please.

Blarney Castle

Again, I’m such a fanboy for castles. You see the rich history and a unique feel of a country once you feel the bricks on the palm of your hand. A bloke made Blarney Castle by Cormac McCarthy’s name over 600 years ago. I’m pretty sure a place as old as that has some dungeons underneath. Some secret passages somewhere are hiding in there. Exciting stuff, isn’t it?

The Wild Atlantic Way

Remember when I said that it feels good when a foreign country’s fresh wind feels good? Well, we can experience that when we drive through the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s a 1700 mile (about 2736 km) marked route along Ireland’s coasts. It is a place where Irish culture is concentrated and even protected by the Government. I heard I’ll be hearing songs from the locals as I pass by and look at the beach and stone hut scenery. Hearing about it already makes me wanna go there.

Things to Remember before Going to Ireland

Before we go to Ireland all willy-nilly, we should remember that there’s still a difficult Covid situation out there. Ireland is still a Code 4 area meaning all travel is discouraged unless it’s necessary to travel. Here a list of things to do before we travel as instructed by the Irish Government:

  • Fill out a passenger locator form. Passengers from Northern Island or green-listed countries are not required to have a 14-day quarantined. Unless you also live in Asia, then chances are, we’re going to have to stand by for two weeks.
  • 72 hours before your arrival in Ireland, take a PCR test. Passengers are required to present their negative results before boarding the plane.
  • Like any other place, we will be required to wear masks as we travel and observe social distancing.

Now that we’ve cleared what we need to do. Let’s go to Ireland and have some fun!

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