Ireland is a beautiful and rugged country with a mix of ancient villages and busy cities. It has a rich, fascinating and often sad history.
The Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. And they love a party. One Irish word you will hear in your first week is craic. Where’s the craic? Which means where’s the fun or the party.
Dublin and Cork are bustling vibrant cities. They are young at heart and it’s easy to find the craic. Outside the big cities, you can explore the dramatic wild landscapes and villages and castles where time has stood still. And, of course, on the Emerald Isle the beer is black.
The Irish love their music and you can find live music in most cities and towns almost every night. They are informal and friendly and happy to talk. They are charming and have a way with words, just like one of their most famous sons, Oscar Wilde .
Here are some of his most famous quips:
- To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.