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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Why You Should Go To Kerry.

Whether you’re Irish, have recently moved here or are simply visiting Ireland, Kerry is a must-see county of Ireland. It’s located down in the south west of Ireland and there are so many things to do that I could write a book about it. Here I’ve tried to list off as many places as I can without babbling on about each in too much detail.  Ok, here we go…

The Ring of Kerry

This is basically long road which forms a Ring, thus the name the Ring of Kerry. This road brings you through thousands of years of Irish history, landmarks and landscapes. There are loads of things to do, see and experience. Below are some of the most popular…

  1. The Skellig Islands: The Skellig Islands are two small islands located of the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula. There is a small and big island. The small one, Little Skellig, is unfortunately closed to the public but the big island, Skellig Michael, is open for visiting. THIS is where STAR WARS WAS FILMED!!…Well, part of it. You know, where Rey meets Luke Skywalker on top of that mountain. Anyway, that, plus the fact that it’s a stunning island with beautiful views and an ancient monastery, is why you should go! Also, if you go during Puffin season (May-July) you’ll see thousands of them flying around which is pretty cool.

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  2. Killarney International Park: Killarney National Park is located at the foot of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, which is Ireland’s highest mountain range. Within the park you will find lakes, mountains, islands, amazing gardens and even a castle.

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  3. Beaches: Being on the coast, there are multiple beaches to visit. For example Derrynane Beach which is a beautiful, sandy beach where you might even see a dolphin!
  4. Small picturesque Irish towns: Who doesn’t love small picturesque towns? They make the best Instagram photos. I’d recommend going Kenmare. It’s a small town that is known for its beautiful and colourful painted houses and shops. Here, you can also go horseback-riding on Kenmare beach. The photos you will take here will be incredible, no filter needed.medium-1003641-jpg

The Kerry Cliffs

These are a must-see when visiting Kerry. They offer incredible views of the Skellig Islands and Puffin Island. I would recommend going around sunset because the view will leave you speechless. I know I’ve said this before, but seriously good Instagram picture to be taken here.

Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is Ireland’s First International Dark Sky Reserve, which is one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet.

So, what does this mean?

This means that on nights when the sky is clear, it is simply stunning. It means you can see more constellations and stars than you could possibly imagine. The Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Star Clusters and Nebula’s are just some of the beautiful wonders you can see without the need of any fancy astronomical equipment.

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Spending a night here should be on the bucket list.

The Dingle Peninsula

Similar to the Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsula offers a circular route which begins and ends in Dingle, and is called The Slea Head Drive. The route takes you to a large number of attractions and stunning views. Between beautiful beaches, mountain hiking (if you’re into that), charming little islands, adorable little fishing villages, and dolphin tours, you really can’t go wrong. I mean, come on,  DOLPHIN TOURS! Who doesn’t love dolphins?

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Star Wars film location, dolphins, beaches, stunning views and star gazing? Sure, why not?

If you want more information on this or the Work in Ireland programme contact Lauren.Doyle@usit.ie.

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