By Lauren Mhyra
Céad míle fáilte– Irish for ‘a thousand welcomes’ which cannot be true enough when stepping foot into Ireland. Everything about Ireland welcomes you as if it were your own home. People always ask “why Ireland?” and I can never pinpoint it to one exact reason. Whether you’re doing an internship, studying abroad or spending your gap year in Ireland you’re going to fall in love and here is why.
Rich in History
Ireland is packed with history from eras throughout thousands of years dating back to the Vikings who settled the first towns and ports to the Normans who built castles and cities and eventually, the English who dominated the island. Walk in the paths of literary genius’ and revolutionaries who have shaped Ireland like it is. From the abandoned castles in the countryside to the bullets still in the GPO you’ll be mesmerized by how much can take place in such a small country. Forget about textbooks and the internet and actually see these historic places while you learn.
The stereotype holds true, the Irish are the friendliest and welcoming people in the world. You can go anywhere on this small island, you’re practically guaranteed to find a friend. Even in the big cities, you have that small town feel, that makes everyone so well connected. You go to a pub on your own, chat up the couple next to you and leave with dinner plans next week. Everyone is welcomed and the Irish make sure you feel it too. I’ve never met an Irish person who wasn’t nice.
Breathtaking cliffs, rolling green hills, and picture-perfect sandy beaches Ireland has it all. Make your way down the Wild Atlantic way swerving down the country roads lined with sheep, indulge in gastronomic gems and simply embrace the scenic vistas. Living amongst such beauty makes it hard to leave.
Something for everyone
You can always find something to do here. Even just going out to the pub for some music. You have loads of really cool festivals, surfing in Donegal or can even go for a hike in the Wicklow mountains. Any given day or night of the week you can find something to do and you’ll never be bored living in Ireland.
Just the overall vibe of the country makes you never want to leave. From touchdown to take off, you feel as though Ireland is home. No matter who you are, you can find something to love about Ireland. Everything about the Emerald Isle is indescribably unique. The possibilities are endless and the moments are never dull. From the countryside to the hustle and bustle of a Dublin trad session you feel the spirit of the Irish embrace you.
Overall, there are a million and one reasons to fall in love with Ireland and I’ve attempted to narrow down the main points but come for a summer internship or a year-long gap year to experience what I am talking about.