Famous Irish People

Ireland has a long list of Irish people. From James Bond Actor Pierce Brosnan to MMA fighter Conor McGregor Ireland has a few widely known people. Heres 5 famous people in Irish

  1. Pierce Brosnan – Best known for playing secret agent James Bond. Brosnan decided to become an actor as a teenager and graduated from the Drama Centre.
  2. Conor McGregor is an Irish Professional Mixed martial artists who is signed with UFC. While he isn’t the first Irish fighter to enter the octagon he is the only Irish Fighter to have one a match in the UFC.
  3. Colin Farrel – Colin has played roles in movies such as Phone Booth, The war zone and S.W.A.T.
  4. Bono – Paul David Hewson who has the nickname Bono who plays in the band U2.
  5. Richard Harris – Richard St John Harris who is widely known as Richard Harris was an irish singer, actor, producer, director and writer. He is widely known for his roles in Harry Potter, Gladiator and Hawaii.
  6. Louis Walsh is an Entertainment Manager & TV Personality.  He was famous for Pop Idle and X factor. He’s most famous for forming the boy band West Life.
  7. Graham Norton  is an Irish television and radio presenter, DJ, comedian, actor, and writer.  He has a show called the Graham Norton show.
  8. Sinead O’Connor – Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter with her most known track “nothing compares to you” written by Prince.
  9. Liam Neeson – Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland and is most known for the movie Taken. 

Who’s your favourite?  Theres plenty of famous people out there with Irish Heritage though –  Charlie Sheen, Ben Stiller, Harrison Ford all claim to have Irish herritage. Tom cruise has a certificate to say he has Irish Heritage and barrack Obama’s great great Grandfather is Irish.

 

Dublin Attractions

Theres plenty of things to do in Dublin from going to the zoo, looking at the castle, drinking a pint to looking at the abandoned jails.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle stands right in the middle of historic Dublin. It was a symbolic stronghold for 1000 years plus for those who ruled Ireland. Did you know Dublin means the Black Pool.

Dublin Zoo

One of irelands most popular attractions. It was founded in 1830 and is the fourth oldest Zoo in Europe. You’ll be able to learn about wild animals and learn about the endangered animals in the world.  Its a 28 hectare park which homes 400 animals!

Guinness Storehouse

Located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery you can go on the tour that takes you through 250 years of history. You’ll be able to see, smell and hear how Guinness is made and have a pint too!

Irish Museum Of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern art is in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham, which was a 17th century home for ex-soldiers!  The Museum was opened in 1991 and features work by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham is meant to be haunted by ghosts. In 1916 there was a series of executions that is meant associated with them. This is one of the largest unoccupied jails in europe and there tales about the thousands of prisoners to be told. Prison life in this jail was absolutely brutal and the tour tells you its story!  its brilliant.

Francais Bacons Studios

It’s pretty cool and worth while doing. Gives you an insight into the life of the painter. The studio is filled with boxes, canvases and easels.

Little Museum of Dublin 

If you’ve not visited the Little Museum of Dublin you need to get there as soon as possible. It tells the story of the city over the last 100 years.

 

 

Things to do in Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful place, it has locations featured in many movies, has some amazing traditions, theres loads of outdoor stuff that you can do, plenty of architecture to see, loads of castles to explore and best of all loads of history. Ireland has such a deep history that you can explore and find almost anywhere in Ireland.

  1. Spend a night in a castle  – Ireland houses so many beautiful castles, you have to spend at least one night in a castle while visiting Ireland. If you’re a bit flush then be sure to check out Ashford Castle in County Mayo. It has been voted one of the best hotels in the world! If you’re a bit skint then get yourself a sleeping bag, tent and head out to one of the many abandoned castles! If you’re feeling brave go to Castlefreak in Co Cork – It is said to be one of the most haunted places in Ireland. 
  2. Night kayaking on Lough Hyne –  Atlantic Sea Kayaking based in the South West of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way and established in 1995.   You will get to kayak in the moonlight!
  3. Go whale Watching – This is definitely on my bucket list!  You’ll be able to get a boat from Baltimore and Union Hall. 
  4. Watch the sunrise – Get yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn and you won’t regret it for this! some sights!  Head to the Cliffs of Moher and yo’ll see why its one of the most photographed pieces of land in Ireland. Absolutely beautiful. On a clear day you’ll be able to see for miles! 
  5. Visit to Father Ted’s House in Clare – Glanquin Farmhouse is an organic farm and is home to the McCormack family. Its also the location for the Father Ted Series. Cheryl and Patrick McCormack and the family offer afternoon tea by appointment only! I plan on heading her on my next trip over! They can accommodate groupings of up to 20.
  6. Head to Coopers – You can’t head to Dublin and not go to Coopers, its a busy nightclub that plays cheesy 90’s pop! place is pretty amazing. 
  7. Get a bag of Fish and chips – One of my best meals.
  8. See the wild deer in Phoenix Park – You’ll find hundreds of deer here
  9. Heading over at christmas? have a swim.  Its not unique to Ireland but an irish tradition is to go for a christmas day swim. Thousands of people can be seen swimming and jumping off piers into the cold water around Ireland. The best place to go is the Forty Foot!
  10. Have a seaweed bath – Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths – Give it a visit! really unique and relaxing experience. I got a massage after it too. Well worth doing. 
  11. St. Michan’s Mummies – Go see 800 year old mummies in an irish church! The church has an interesting story even without the mummies though. the church went through multiple changes and was rebuilt in 1686. A large pipe organ was install in 1724 but even though all these changes were happening the crypt stayed the same. It mummified everything that laid within it. Theres a few theories about what could be preserving it but to find out more you should head over and do the tours

  12. Victor’s Way Indian Sculpture Park – The 22 acre park features some bizarre sculptures – for example a piece called “The split man” which shows a figure ripping itself in two. Really cool place worth visiting!

So if you’re thinking of heading over and haven’t got your accomodation or flights sorted have a look at Opodo and see if you can grab yourself a deal with this Opodo Discount Code.

 

 

Facts about St Patricks day holiday

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland but it is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world too. It is very big in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia!

On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks or green clothing / accessories. The wearing of the green, the colour associated with Catholics in Ireland. Patrick is believed to of used the Shamrock which is a three leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity.

Heres some facts about St Patricks day you might not of known!

  • St Patricks day started in 1762 and has taken place over 250 times. Each place 5.5 million people visit St Patricks Cathedral in New York City! 
  • In the US theres more than 450 churches named for St Patricks day. 
  • Patrick was bron in Britain not Ireland. At age 16 Patrick was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave. Patrick does manage to escape though and believes he’d been called to spread the word of God.  
  • Did you know in the US 26.1 billion pounds of beef and 2.3 billion pounds of cabbage were produced.  
  • The first St Patricks day parade took place in the US  on 1762 when Irish Soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. 
  • Many bars in America serve green beer to celebrate the day!
  • there are roughly 35 million U.S residents with Irish ancestry which is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.

This is a Shamrock. A low-growing clover-like plant with three-lobed leaves, used as the national emblem of Ireland.

The hydro in Glasgow lights itself green to celebrate St Patricks Day.

 

The Eiffel Tower also celebrates St Patricks day by turning green.

The rise of Conor Mcgregor

Conor Mcgregors skill and rise to famous has definetely inspired the irish to take MMA seriously.

While Conor may not be the first Irish man to step into the octagon he is the first Irish Fighter to take a win. The first man from Ireland is Tom Egan who lost at UFC 93.  Conors Rise has definitely Kickstarted a rise of UFC challengers from  Ireland.

There has been a few stories of people stating Conors Rise has shown them that they can do it to for example 21 stone man Thomas Forbes shredded nearly a third of his body weight off! Thomas suffered from anxiety attacks and depression and now thanks to Conor and his hard work he’s looking great.

Conor started as a plumber but he knew it wasn’t for him. I think this is why people from ireland can relate so well to conor because he was at one point just like every one of them. He didn’t get any hand outs and in fact just one week before his UFC win he was given a #180 euro welfare cheque. Crazy right? well he picked up £60,000 on that win. It’s a certified rags to riches story.

MMA is definitely on the rise in Ireland and we think its a good thing! Especially to have a figure like Conor to look up to, it does wonders for the sport.

MMA can do wonders for you, its a total body workout, its more than just fitness, you can burn calories super quick, you will learn self defense, you’ll also learn discipline and its a huge stress reliever.