For a geographically very small country, Ireland has certainly made its presence felt the world over. Indeed, many American families are part Irish owing to widespread emigration of Irish ancestors to US states such as New York during the Great Famine between 1845 and 1852.
Ireland is a country boasting verdant scenes of nature, rich culture, rustic and contemporary cuisine, as well as examples of indigenous architecture. Below are listed just a few of the Emerald Isle’s highlights:
The Burren: One of the largest karst landscapes in Europe, the Burren is located in the northwestern County Clare. Measuring approximately 250 square kilometers, this natural phenomenon is home to a wide assemblage of floral and fauna and makes for memorable bracing walks, with the breeze from the bordering Atlantic Ocean whistling through.
The Book of Kells: Housed at Trinity College Dublin, the Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s foremost relics. An illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, the book dates all the way back to ca. 800 AD and contains the four Gospels of the New Testament along with various prefatory texts and tables.
Guinness Storehouse: Located in one of Dublin city’s most charming districts, the Guinness Storehouse offers a fascinating history lesson as well as a unique experience to sample the king of stouts in its home environment.
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