The Globe Is Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day in 2018!

As you’re all aware, our favorite day of the year is just around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day. In case you didn’t know why we celebrate Paddy, here’s a little history. We were all led to believe that St. Patrick chased all the snakes from the emerald Isle back into the sea when they began attacking him during his 40 day fast. This story may be a bit of a white lie as we’ve never actually had snakes here, but we’ll take it!

The Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade will take place in the city Centre, starting at Parnell Square, on Saturday, March 17 from 11am GMT. The theme for the 2018 Dublin parade is Home is Where the Heart is.
Celebrations across the world usually include public parades, parties and festivals and usually people dress up in green clothes and wear shamrocks. These parties have become like carnivals, with parades with marching bands and all different types of organisations like fire brigades and youth groups heading out to march.

In Ireland, one tradition called “drowning the shamrock” involves putting a shamrock at the bottom of a cup and filling it up with whiskey or beer before it’s than drank. The wet shamrock is then either drunk or tossed over the shoulder for good luck.

Bilbao’s Stadium will also turn green for the first time in 2018. Pic via Irish Tourism

 

It looks like St. Patrick’s day 2018 is set to be the greenest of them all! Tourism Ireland have just announced that over 300 worldwide landmarks are going green for our special day. The London Eye, Niagara Falls, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, The Colosseum, Sky Tower Auckland, Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro just to name a few.

St. Patrick’s Day has come to represent Irish culture and identity, and it has its origins in the Irish emigrant communities in the United States.  Today there are over 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish heritage, and the celebrations are a great way for people right across the world to celebrate the unique culture, language and music of Ireland.

As always, Chicago is going all out dying their river green while 10 of their most famous buildings and landmarks such as Wrigley Field and John Hancock Building light up green. We’re a modest bunch here but that would make any one blush.

 

Chicago has always turned it’s river green on March 17

 

But whyyyy would you want to be anywhere but here on our beautiful little island where everything actually is green? There’s no better place to be if we’re honest. The parade’s, festivals and the all-round craic. Ireland is where it’s at!

 

 

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Ireland Set’s New Record For Annual Visitors in 2017 – This Is Why

Céad Míle Fáilte quite literally translates into one hundred thousand welcomes but it turns out that’s not nearly enough in 2017 as more people have come to visit Ireland this year than ever before!

10.56 million people (more than twice the Irish population), came over to our beautiful little island over the last 12 months. It’s becoming pretty clear that we’re doing something right so to help seal the deal on the best ever year for visitors to Ireland, we’re going to delve into why our home has never been so popular.

Ireland Goes Global

It may have been a secret to the wider world for many years but 2017 was the year that Ireland’s stunning landscapes were catapulted into the limelight (overdue if you ask us) thanks to two of the biggest film/TV franchises in history.

Turns out Luke Skywalker had been hiding out all this time in Co.Kerry, or more specifically, 7km off the coast of Kerry on the simply breathtaking rock we more as Skellig Michael. It wasn’t only down South that was used as a set location for The Last Jedi, our most northerly point of Malin Head also features prominently in the new blockbuster.

Game of Thrones has long been shot in Northern Ireland with the Iron Islands, Winterfell, the King’s Road and many more infamous scenes were brought to life by our landscapes and history.

Pic credit @trevorcole via Unsplash.com

Star Wars and GoT have done for Ireland what Lord of the Rings did for New Zealand, and they’ve loved it!

We Can’t Stop Featuring On The ‘Hot Lists’ And Winning Travel Awards

Every day, another global travel blog or website lists Irish locations near the top of their ‘hot lists’. Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway is Lonely Planet’s No.1 Region to visit in 2018.

The Titantic Museum in Belfast was listed as the Best Tourist Attraction in Europe and then the world in 2016, beating the likes of the Effiel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

Spike Island in Co.Cork was recently voted the top tourist attraction in Europe for 2017, making it back-to-back victories for Ireland in the World Travel Awards.

More Flights, Cheaper Flights

Dublin airport has become one of Europe’s busier airports since the introduction of US pre-clearance and a second terminal in 2010.

Transatlantic routes have seen a huge increase in frequency in the last 2 or 3 years as international low-cost airlines like WOW Air and Norwegian have entered the market, driving down the cost of a flight from North America to Dublin, Shannon or Cork.

The Bounceback is Complete

Ireland’s roaring economy crashed in a mightily big way back in 2009. Fast forward eight years and the economic outlook is comparable with ‘Celtic Tiger’ days but this time, backed up sustainably.

Dublin has been coined the European Capital of Digital on many occasions and it’s not surprising to see why given the stature of online companies that have their European Headquarters in Ireland. In no particular order the likes of Google, LinkedIn, PayPal, Dropbox, Microsoft, Apple, IBM. Airbnb and Twitter. Impressive right?

What’s more, Dublin is fast becoming a multicultural haven for talented labour from all corners of the world who are flocking here for the opportunities but also the lifestyle.

Whiskey and Golf Courses

If you’re like me, that heading is essentially Christmas. Granted, this combination isn’t for everyone but Ireland is uniquely positioned as a global standard for both. Over 650,000 tourists visited Irish distilleries this year (that’s not including the 1.6m who check out the Guinness Storehouse).

Ireland is home to some of the world’s most naturally spectacular and challenging golf courses in the world. While the profiles of Rory McIlroy, shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington continue to push Ireland into the golfing limelight, some 160,000 international visitors came here in 2017 with great links courses like Royal Portrush, Portmarnock and Ballybunion in their crosshairs.

The Craic

Last but not least, the mystical vibe and sense of community which oozes out of every moment being here – the craic. Have you ever heard anyone coming to Ireland and not enjoying themselves, enjoying the music, enjoying the laughs and enjoying new friendships made over a pint? Us neither.

Thinking about spending some time away from home in 2018? Join our growing international community right here in Dublin by spending four months or an entire year living and working in Ireland? USIT’s Work in Ireland Programme offers our clients a support network to help you get off to a flying start here in Ireland. We’ve helped hundreds of students from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe settle here. Email wii@usit.ie or call us on +353 1 602 1888 and let’s start planning.

 

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