Fly Me There Right Now: Ireland

Welcome to Fly Me There Right Now: Ireland edition. World renowned for its beauty and deep sense of culture, Ireland has every reason to be at the top of your travel wish list. From jaw dropping landscapes to the urban excitement of its capital city, there are countless ways to fall in love with the Emerald Isle.

Here are just 6 reasons to visit Ireland:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patricks Cathedral

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As the largest cathedral in Ireland and one of the few buildings left from medieval Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the heart of Ireland’s history and culture for many years.

#insiderfact: It is believed that St. Patrick once used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he first introduced Christianity in Ireland.

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a spectacular 179 kilometer drive filled with views of the quintessential Irish countryside. When preparing for this ride be sure to bring extra film because every turn is another can’t miss photo op.

#insidertip: For a more off the beaten path exploration of Ireland, try stopping at some of the smaller towns along the way. The Great Skelling, also known as Skelling Michael is the island where they filmed scenes from Game of Thrones!

Giant’s Causeway

Giants Causeway

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Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway is one of the most popular sites in all of Northern Ireland. Each year this national nature reserve attracts people from near and far to observe the nearly 40,000 interlocking basalt columns produced from an ancient volcanic eruption.

Trinity College Library

Trinity College Library

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Spend a day winding through the halls of one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and get a firsthand look at the famous Book of Kells – a Latin manuscript completed in 384 AD containing the Four Gospels of the New Testament.

#insiderfact: Ranked as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Trinity College Library is also often associated with Hogwarts from Harry Potter.

Belfast Murals

Belfast Mural

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Any lover of art would be remiss not to square away time to observe the murals dispersed around the city of Belfast. Each mural shares a piece of Northern Ireland’s culture and history.

#insidertip: Popular works of art are located at the Fall’s International Peace Wall, Shankill Row and Newtownards Roads.

O’Connell Street

O'Connell Street

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Frequented by over 100,000 people each day, O’Connell Street, which was largely rebuilt after the country’s struggle for independence in the early 20th century, once served as the site of many protests and celebrations.

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