11 Signs That Ireland May Be The Place For You in 2017

Hands up if you’ve been thinking about a change of scenery lately? It’s The world seems to be changing more rapidly than ever and it can be a little overwhelming at times. We get it, you’re not alone either.

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We understand the symptoms and we think we’ve found the remedy for you. Allow us to prescribe you a daily dose of good craic and great culture, jaw dropping landscapes, a vibrant economy full of opportunity, a welcoming, open society full of characters and a launch pad from which to explore Europe. Answer ‘yes’ to the majority of these questions and we’ll start writing up your prescription to come visit Ireland in 2017…

Are you at your happiest when surrounded by nature?

Little old Ireland is about the size of Indiana but packs in a frankly silly amount of glorious landscapes, coastlines and scenery to explore…

Prefer a friendly chat and a pint over relentlessly posting on Instagram?

Which scene sounds like more fun? A bunch of friends cracking jokes and sharing great stories in a bar or half a dozen ‘strangers’ huddled over a screen as they jam 94 hashtags into their fourth Instagram post of the hour. Thought so.

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Go weak at the knees over the world’s sexiest accent?

It’s not just Colin Farrell, that’s how we all sound. We may not win every global accolade but having the world’s sexiest accent is in the bag.

Just two of Ireland's many Hollywood stars. These two are less likely to find you and kill you than others...eh Liam?
Just two of Ireland’s many Hollywood stars. These two are less likely to find you and kill you than others…eh Liam?

Careful not to fall too hard for our charm, although you are allowed fall a little bit.

Find a smaller quaint town more appealing than a sprawling, soulless city?

Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick don’t do overbearing skyscrapers, overcrowded metros, toxic air pollution or a disregard for manners and politeness.

Instead, you’ll find that we’re all in this life thing together and there are more than enough laughs to be shared and ears to be lent in a town where strangers are just people you haven’t had ‘the craic’ with yet.

Inspired to experience European Culture?

Who wouldn’t want to explore Europe? Comparatively to other continents, you cannot find so many diverse cultures in such a small area and it’s a crime to settle in Ireland while not taking a trip to Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and beyond. Even getting over to Greece is just a short 4 hour flight away.

Want to become the funniest person in most rooms?

The Irish sense of humour is downright legendary and based on never, EVER taking life too seriously. For every brilliantly successful comedian like David O’Doherty there’s a similarly funny character in most bars and clubs dotted around the country.

Looking for a new favourite sport?

Ever heard of Gaelic games? You’re about to. During the summer months, Ireland’s 32 counties battle each other in gaelic football and hurling with games attracting crowds of 80,000. The sport is completely amateur, something that is pretty mind boggling when you see the fervent support and passion of both players and fans. It’s a way of life in Ireland and you’ll fall in love with it.

Gaelic football is not dissimilar to Aussies Rules but it’s Hurling, which is basically hockey on a lot steroids and the fastest field sport in the world, that’ll really capture your imagination. Again an amateur sport, the skill levels are outrageous.

These Americans watching it for the first time have their minds blown…

Top Tip: Don’t support Kilkenny. Sure, they’re the best hurling county but everyone else hates that fact!

Want to see where Luke Skywalker and Jon Snow really live?

It turns out the Jedi has been hiding down in Co.Kerry this whole time. Skellig Michael has always been held in the highest regard within Ireland and now, thanks to The Force Awakens, it’s gained global recognition as a top tier Bucket List item.

Not only does Ireland boast the hideaway of a Jedi, it’s also where the Stark’s call home at Winterfell (Co.Antrim).

Want to experience the world’s biggest bands in the best country to play live music?

It’s difficult to remember a year where so many incredible bands are coming to Dublin. Allow us take a breath while we reel off a who’s who of global icons, all playing in Dublin between April – September 2017.

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Coldplay, U2, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alt-J, Bon Iver, Phil Collins, Ed Sheeran, Two Door Cinema Club, Hans Zimmer, The 1975, Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon and Justin Bieber.

Ireland is a legendary place for bands to end their European tours and have a last big show, with an unforgettable crowd in some of the world’s most revered music venues.

The Olympia Theatre is hands down one of the best music venues in the world
The Olympia Theatre in Dublin is hands down one of the best music venues in the world

Looking for a shop window into some of the world’s biggest and best tech companies?

Ireland isn’t just about having a great time, there’s also massive opportunities for international students to get experience with some of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Thanks to low tax rates, a skilled English speaking workforce and prime location for entry into continental Europe, the likes of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal, eBay, Microsoft, AirBnB and Dropbox have all based their Euro operations out of Ireland.

Got the balls to do something bigger and better in 2017?

We’ve been helping hundreds of international students relocate to Ireland over the years and they all had something in common, a willingness to experience something new and the balls to do something about it.

Our international community in Dublin and across Ireland continues to grow with students arriving from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe. Once you’re enrolled in a third level institution, you can get over here and begin an eye opening adventure with the support of ourselves and our community.

Interested? Find out more about the Work in Ireland program or drop Martha, Stephen and Emma a line wii@usit.ie.

 

 

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5 Most Instagrammed Places in Ireland

As popular a tourist destination, Ireland is just as loved on Instagram. Images that have made home on the social media site have attracted potential travellers to Ireland for years now solely based on how picturesque the location really is. With historical as well as contemporary destinations merged with architectural wonders and natural beauty makes Ireland a desirable tourist spot just as much a photography-lover’s haven. Some of the best shots can be taken in numerous places of Ireland so here’s a list of the top most Instagrammed locations in Ireland that are guaranteed to make you pack your bags.

  1. The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

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Photo by Becky, CC BY 2.0

The number one most Instagrammed location in Ireland is the Cliffs of Moher solely because it has been the filming location of movies like Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, and Leap Year. The cliffs offer a brilliant view of the coast and have simply taken the world of Instagram by storm. The innumerable pictures of the Cliffs of Moher located close to the Wild Atlantic Way have made it a rather amazing getaway in Ireland. The dense forest region with a Cliffside view of the beautiful coast is popular on Instagram through images that require next to no filter while sharing.

  1. Titanic Exhibition, Belfast

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Photo by Titanic Belfast, CC BY 2.0

The sinking of the Titanic was one of the most historically well-known tragedies of the world. The Titanic exhibition in Northern Ireland pays tribute to the ship that took everyone’s attention in the world at the time it tragically sank. Titanic Belfast is the largest Titanic Exhibition in the world, with millions of visitors wanting to see it at least once. You can shop here for souvenirs, dine in elegant restaurants and witness the historical tragedy that was the tale of the sinking of the Titanic, which was built in just as much incredible circumstances. If this doesn’t attract an Instagrammer to Ireland, there is nothing that ever will.

  1. Glendalough, County Wicklow

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Photo by Irish Welcome Tours, CC BY 2.0

This is probably the most camera-friendly place in Ireland. Glendalough is known for being a stunning glacial valley in Ireland which has attracted people like nobody’s business. The Wicklow Mountains of sheer excellence coupled with the ruins of monasteries over a striking backdrop of the coast makes for a photogenic location that has charms of its own that can be found all over this place. If you haven’t got enough of it on the various pictures posted by Instagrammers, you’d be completely entranced while visiting it even once.

 

  1. The Wild Atlantic Way

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Photo by Greg Clarke, CC BY 2.0

Filters are strangers in the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland because there is really no modification needed to showcase this deadly stunner on your Instagram. The world’s longest coastal route has something new to offer at almost every turn. Be it the rocky enclosures, the flowery stoppers, or that pigeon sitting on top of the lighthouse, Instagram loves The Wild Atlantic Way like no other. You’d be surprised at the number of gorgeous pictures you can get while at this most popular tourist destination in Ireland, and there is no filter that will be able to capture the depth of this unmatched destination.

  1. Connemara, County Galway

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Photo (cropped) by The Library of Congress, Public Domain

Described genially by Oscar Wilde as ‘savage beauty’, Connemara is a colourful attraction in the County Galway region of Ireland. You wouldn’t argue with it being such a delightful location because of its looming mountains, incredible waterfalls and woods full of unseen exploration opportunities. This naturally bountiful paradise gives amazing points where photographs can be clicked with various angles. With this sensational backdrop to your selfie, why wouldn’t you want to carry your camera along while visiting the wonder that is Ireland? And once you’ve seen images of Connemara on Instagram, Oscar Wilde’s words will resonate all around you, and even more so when visiting the destination. Hashtag savage beauty, anyone?

Along with being a historical location, Ireland has also been used as a filming location a lot of times, which has increased its tourism business tenfold. It is just as much a traveller’s haven as it is that of a local’s.

Author Bio:
Rohit is a passionate traveller who shares his experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com from his various expeditions around the world.

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