Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland Ireland: Europe’s Lucky Charm Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland Ireland: Europe’s Lucky Charm story by: House of Travel Ancestral links, dramatic scenery and magnetic music – watch out for your lucky shamrock while dancing your way around the Emerald Isle. Visit Ireland and it will remain tattooed upon your heart and soul forever. The locals are as warm, friendly and hospitable as the music is magnetic, and what’s more, there are strong ancestral links to New Zealand. Countless Kiwis flock to Ireland to find out more about their heritage, getting swept up in its other charms in the process. Take your own personal pilgrimage to this picturesque nation and savour every experience, whether it’s sampling genuine Guinness or watching colourful, dramatic sunsets over small coastal villages. Buckle up, you’re in for a real treat. Story-telling scenery & luscious landscapes Rugged, powerful, untouched, raw – these are some of the words commonly used to describe the country’s landscapes. Ireland’s scenery is so alluring, devastatingly beautiful and ripe for storytelling that it has attracted film-makers for decades. Its vast empty beaches and seaside villages formed the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film Ryan’s Daughter in 1970, and today modern epics include Game of Thrones, Miss Julie and the Dracula Untold. Hosting lush green lands of County Fermanagh, the mysterious basalt formations of the Giant’s Causeway and the haunting historic atmosphere of Killiney Castle, it’s no surprise these film’s embraced Ireland’s enchanting environment. Hop in a car and take a drive, whether to the eerily romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle or the misty peaks of the Wicklow Mountains. The magic’s in the music You’ll never be short of new friends in Ireland. Whether you’re in a big city like Dublin or a small village in the countryside, there’s a pub that will welcome you with open arms, genial locals and heart-drumming music. Pay a visit to the historic Sin É pub in Cork, which has entertained and embraced music lovers since 1889. Settle in amongst its intimate, homely decor and feel your heart soar with the joyous melodies of traditional Irish music. To enjoy more authentic Irish rhythms, head to the Curragower Bar in Limerick’s cosy and cobbled Medieval Quarter. The old-worldly tunes turn back the hands of time as you take in striking views of King John’s Castle and other historic buildings. Doolin village in County Clare claims the title of Ireland’s traditional music capital, with delightful pubs that serve up live music year-round. One of Ireland’s best musical events, the Russell Memorial Weekend, takes place here every February to celebrate the inspiring legacy of Micho Russell, a world-famous traditional Irish musician. Did you know the legendary musician Van Morrison was also born in Belfast? Soak up his musical heritage by walking the Van Morrison Trail and seeing the places that inspired him. Head to Orangefield Park, made famous by his love song of the same name, or see the primary school where his talent began to emerge. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be dancing to the Emerald Isle’s intoxicating beat in no time! Shhhh Ireland's best kept secrets Swap the Cliffs of Moher for the lesser known but just as magnificent cliffs of Slieve League in Co Donegal. They are one of the highest sea cliffs in all of Europe! Eat at Kilkenny Café’s Thursday Supper Club in Dublin. It’s one of the city’s culinary gems serving up Artisan Irish food accompanied by live Irish music. Visit the quaint coastal village of Doolin in Co Clare, surrounded by spectacular limestone cliffs. Check out McGann’s,O’Connors and McDermott’s, pubs that are famous for their music. Bring your best singing voice and dancing shoes! Stay a night in the tiny medieval town of Graiguenamanagh in Co Kilkenny. It’s rich history dates back to the 13th Century when Duiske Abbey, the largest Cistercian Monastery in Ireland, was established. Indulge in the Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill in Sligo. The therapeutic properties of wild seaweed have been well-known in Ireland since the beginning of the 20th century, with around 300 seaweed bath houses dotted down the Irish coast. Are you ready to be charmed by Ireland? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore. > Click here to view all of our HOT deals to the UK & Europe > Visit the UK & Europe now with our cheapest flights Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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