Ireland is an extremely popular holiday destination for people from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. They’re not visiting for the weather or golden sandy beaches so what is it about Ireland that makes it such a popular place for people to flock to all year round? It’s hard to pinpoint one thing so this article will attempt to discover just what it is about the Emerald Isle that makes it so attractive to the rest of the world.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
For many people all around the world Ireland is an ancestral home. There are many reasons for this but the main contributor was the Irish potato famine which forced millions of Irish people to emigrate in what was pretty much a life or death situation for many. The most popular destination for these Irish settlers was England, Scotland, America and Australia. As a result there are millions of Irish descendants spread out all over the world, many of whom view Ireland as home.
Ireland and more to the point Irish people are famous throughout the world for ‘the craic’. The craic refers to the general feeling of fun, merriment, relaxation and something else that you can’t quite put your finger which makes Irish people such good fun to be around. Many Irish people have ‘the gift of the gab’ which is a local term used to describe people with a sharp wit and the ability to flatter in a charming way. The drinking culture in Ireland plays a big part in creating ‘the craic’ as a good time in Ireland is usually occurring in close proximity to a pub.
There are lots of beautiful places around the world but Ireland holds a special place in the hearts of many for its beautiful green scenery. Much of Ireland remains unblemished by modern society meaning that there are beautiful mountains, valleys, rivers and coastlines to be explored and enjoyed. When you think of Ireland you probably picturing green, fertile land and there aren’t many other countries that you can say that about.
Myth & Legend
Another contributing factor to the charm of Ireland is its rich history, much of which has been turned into myth and legend of the years. There is a tradition of storytelling and poetry in Ireland which has produced some fine tales such as the Hound Of Ulster, Finn McCool and the stories of old Kings and Queens of the counties. Ireland has produced some of the finest literary figures such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde who have added to the charm and wit that is associated with the country.
Hollywood movies like The Quiet Man are immensely popular as they depict a land that doesn’t exist anymore for a lot of people in America and around the world. Ireland is regarded as a traditional haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life, although Dublin and Belfast are hiving metropolises. As Ireland is viewed as a land of ancestry many people want to go there to get back to their roots and there are still parts of Ireland with thatch roofed cottages, horse and carts and of course the traditional Irish pubs that add to the experience.
As you can see there is no one reason why Ireland has remained so popular for tourists over the years. There are lots of contributing factors that lead to a great experience when you visit this magical land.
Paul Connolly is a tour guide for Ireland Luxury Tours. They offer all Ireland tours to tourists from all around the world and there is always lots of interest from people in visiting Ireland.