By Adam King and Scott Heptonstall
Just as celebrated as their amazing ability to hold a Guinness in one hand, a Jameson in the other, and explain to you the meaning of life using only obscenities, Ireland is also famous for the way in which they celebrate their pride in a way which no other country can on St. Patricks Day. As if you needed an explanation, here are 10 reasons why you’re bound for the greatest St. Paddy’s Day of your lives…
This is also known as “water” in Ireland. The Guinness in Ireland is nothing like the Guinness you have ever had before. Imagine a cold dark pint of creamy goodness, sprinkled with heaven…pure beauty. If Guinness was a person, it would be Beyoncé; cool, sexy, and something I would marry in a heartbeat.
2. The Party
This is St. Paddy’s Day. In Ireland. It’s like having a bagel in Italy compared to a bagel back at home; often copied but never matched. Sure, you can go to Ireland other weekends, but I promise you, you will never experience so much Irish luck per square meter as this weekend. If there is one thing the Irish can do better than anyone else, it’s celebrating.
No trip to Ireland is complete without seeing the breathtaking views from the Cliffs of Moher. Not only have they have appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the outside of the Horcrux cave) but these bad boys have serious PPP factor (Potential Profile Picture).
If there is really a pot of gold at the end of that Leprechaun’s rainbow, then Galway is where you are going to find it. You’ve left behind the metropolis of the capital city and you are in the true heart of Ireland now. This is the birthplace of every Irish pub you inexplicably find in every city of the world. Think live music, friendly locals and rugby.
5. Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is the Buckingham Palace of Ireland (if Ireland had a royal family, that is). It served as the center of the British government for centuries. Now, this big beauty is a huge tourist attraction in Dublin-land and also hosts the Heineken Green Energy music festival every year.
6. Wearing Green
Everyone looks good in green right? Robin Hood, Peter Pan, the Hulk, those aliens from Toy Story. Be keen to be green! Riding a sea of Verde is an incomparable experience. It’s like that recurring dream you have of falling into a pool of tennis balls; I’m no psychiatrist but I’m guessing that means you are destined for the Emerald Isle. Don’t be the one person that doesn’t wear green or risk being pinched by every person within a 5-foot radius.
We’ve already mentioned Guinness, but it wouldn’t be right to leave its partner in Irish drinking crime out of this list. For the more sophisticated alcoholic, Jameson is the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world. It’s the missionary position of whiskeys; a crowd pleaser, but not for kids. Visit the Jameson Distillery or just enjoy its deliciousness with your new favorite Irish lad or lass.
8. Temple Bar
You cannot go to Dublin without going to the Temple Bar area. This is the beating heart of the city. A mishmash of bars, pubs, and good times. This could well be the good-time center of Earth. Just off the river Liffey in central Dublin, this is the Dublin which is on your postcards and will forever remain the colorful backdrop to your memory of the city. It’s the kind of place where you are going to make your new best friend for the evening.
9. Gravity Bar
Gravity Bar, the rooftop bar of the St James’s Gate Brewery, is THE greatest place to drink a Guinness…fact. This is Guinness piped directly from the brewery into your hand while you look out over Dublin from the top of a giant Guinness pint glass. If heaven had a tap…
10. Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
The sun might not shine. The sky may be grey. Honestly, it will probably rain. But having the opportunity to be completely immersed in Irish pride and culture is a magical, once in a lifetime opportunity. Ireland is a place like no other and its fame has spread across the world. Come celebrate with Paddy and it will be an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Take the words of the wise Michael Scott and join in on the Irish Christmas.
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