Ireland is a country full of culture. There are many experiences in Ireland you must not miss out on. No matter what time of year it is when you visit the gorgeous emerald isle you can experience all of the things below. You simply cannot visit Ireland and not experience everything that makes this country so loved and adored by many.
Experiences in Ireland
Gaelic football and camogie are Ireland’s pride and joy and my favourite sports by far! When you visit Ireland you have to and I mean HAVE TO witness a gaelic football match or a camogie (for women)/hurling (for men) match. These sports are huge in Ireland and it is one of the things that brings the country together.Although there is a rivalry between supporters. It still brings the country together in one place to share their love for the sport.
Gaelic and camogie can be a bit confusing to understand when you don’t have any idea on how the game is played. Gaelic is also very difficult to explain but if I had to explain it I would say that it’s a mixture of football and basketball.
Yes you can handle the ball and run with it but there are specific rules to be able to do this called a solo and a bounce. You must take three steps and bounce the ball (bounce it on the ground) or solo (kick the ball and catch it again). To win the game you must score goals or points (3 points = 1 goal). The highest score wins. Each game is 70 minutes long with half time at 45 minutes.
These are general and very vague rules of how the game is played but you can watch a game and understand what is going on in the game.
Croke Park is a Gaelic Athletic Association stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. Named in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, it is often called Croker by some GAA fans and locals. It serves both as the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Visiting Croke park is a must do when you are in Ireland. Standing in that stadium is breathtaking. It is absolutely amazing even if you don’t go to watch a match!
These are the best crisps ever! They have so many different types of crisps, like johnny onion rings, cheese and onion crisps and so much more! They are honestly the best crisp. It’s a definite must try when you are in Ireland.
Although there is primark you must go to Penneys just because it’s Penneys. It’s one of the best places to get everything that you need just in case you forgot to bring something on your journey or if the weather ha staken a disastrous turn like always.
Whether you like Guinness or not you should definitely visit the Guinness Storehouse. This is a self-guided tour through the seven floors of the Guinness Storehouse. It is a really interesting tour showing how Guinness is made! The tour began with an employee telling us about the contract that they had showcased at the beginning of the tour.
Speaking of Guinness you must drink one while visiting Ireland it is a right of passage.
Irish slang can be hard to understand but it can be really cool to listen to Irish people having a conversation with one another. Irish people have a huge tendancy of talking too fast and other people can not understand them at all but it will be really amusing to watch and to talk about when you head home and talk about how crazy the Irish are.
This was my favourite tour that Ryan and I did when we spent four days in Dublin together. This tour was thoughtfully planned out and I really enjoyed being brought through the distillery and learning the distillation process of Jameson whiskey and what makes it different from Jack Daniel and Powers whiskey. My one piece of advice is not to go early in the morning like we did. It wasn’t the best idea as we got to test the three different whiskeys and I was very ti;sy by the time I walked out of the testing room!
Visit a traditional Irish pub
Visiting an Irish pub can be great craic. The best sort of pub to visit is one where traditional Irish music is played. It gives the more traditional, country, cultural Irish pub that everyone thinks of when Irish pub is mentioned.
There are many more experiences in Ireland that you must not miss out on that are not on the above list. My one piece of advice is to plan what you want to do before you come to Ireland so you have a set plan in your head. It’s okay to change your mind when you get here but having a plan will help you organise your time spent in Ireland.