Sunday, December 1, 2013

Ireland: The Emerald Isle‎


Ireland is an ideal destination for a holiday full of charm and magic, adventure, amazing itineraries, art, music, sports, lots of color and fun pubs for a romantic weekend, musical, pleasant and affordable for travel. Ireland offers excellent choice of accommodations, from the typical and cheap bed and breakfast to the most sumptuous and elegant golf spa resorts. 


A synonym of tradition and modernity, fashionable trends, passion for music and the arts, Ireland is a natural paradise, pristine, of extraordinary beauty. The views are strong, wild, almost violent. It has majestic cliffs lashed by the waves of the ocean and populated by thousands of species of birds, valleys and rolling hillsides, castles, Neolithic sites, karst formations.


It has a population lively, exuberant and friendly, and has history and magic. An interesting microcosm composed of the Republic of Ireland, in the south and Northern Ireland, it is a unique island, multi-faceted and complex, where the currencies used are the Euro, and the Pound in the Republic; where the road signs are in Gaelic, in the Republic, and only in English, in Ulster and Dublin which rivals amicably with Belfast.

The capital Dublin is smiling and lively, beautiful and easy to live day and night. Theaters and clubs, many news in the windows of the shops of Grafton Street and megastores in the center of the city, the coffee and the nightlife of Temple Bar, museums and lots of fun for everyone.


Throughout the year there are events of all kinds, events, art and music. Remember the St. Patrick's Day patron saint of Ireland, and the most important day of the year, celebrated by the whole Irish community in the world. Ireland is the ideal choice of holiday for the family and for those looking for English language schools to attend during the summer and is ideal for all sports and you can go mountain biking, surfing, rafting, salmon fishing, golf and offers a dense network of cycle paths and trails for hiking or horseback riding.

A holiday in Ireland offers tourists beautiful landscapes, sports and entertainment, art and performances, many pubs and a modern catering for a perfect balance of color, history and ancient traditions. It is easy to get around in all cities with low cost flights  or national trains and bus lines, suggest, however, a rental car to live even more closely, Irish culture, driving through villages and coastal roads, to discover the charm of the small harbors of the sea, white beaches and long sunny days from April to September.

Ireland is a world apart that gets under your skin and stays there in your heart, the legendary land of the fabulous blue skies and green pastures, magnificent cliffs, elegant Georgian town, simple and hospitable fishing villages. The climate is humid-temperate unstable and windy. It rains often and on the same day it can rain and the sun come out again. Generally the months from March to June are the driest months from November to January and the wettest so it useful to carry comfortable shoes, raincoat, umbrella, and easily interchangeable clothing.


In Ireland, first of all you live, and then you check how long it took. Courtesy, kindness and friendliness are part of everyday life. All those who have had the opportunity to go to Ireland know, the Irish welcome is not a meaningless publicity stunt, or even a prefabricated commercial attitude. It's the most important holiday for the Irish all over the world, celebrated on March 17, the day of death of the patron saint of Ireland. Oddly enough you saw for the first time in 1737 in Boston, then in London and only later came to Ireland. Nowadays every city inhabited by a representative of the Irish knows this party from a purely religious mold has taken, in part, playful connotations.

The first to write about a celebration in honor of the saint was the writer Jonathan Swift, on his Diaries in fact had noted with amazement that in London March 17, 1713 the Parliament had been closed because of the St. Patrick's Day and all the streets were festooned and colored green. We have news of the commemorations of the St.Patrick 's Day dated 1737 Boston and 1762 New York in the U.S., but Ireland does not speak until the end of the nineteenth century since 1995 and is recognized National Day by the Government.


The official symbol of Ireland is the Celtic harp, but also the clover has a special meaning for the Irish people, as to be often associated with the island green, sometimes more of the same harp. The shamrock in Gaelic seamróg summer plant is a quality of clover, Trifolium repens, characterized by flowering in the summer of countless tiny white flowers. 
According to tradition, in fact, S. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the concept of trinity to the Celts. Today, it is difficult to declare true or not these legends surrounding the clover, but remember that this pint was already important to the Druids, before the arrival of St. Patrick. It was believed that he had healing properties and the association at number 3 had an important meaning in ancient numerology, for which the 3 was a sacred number with mystical powers. 

Moreover, the clover could have owned prophetic , because according to many, the leaves facing upwards were a symbol of bad weather coming. Finally, the Druids believed that the clover could ward off evil spirits. The link between S. Patrick and clover grew during the repression of the Irish Catholics and the confiscation of their lands. The first time he was put in the hands of S. Patrick was on a coin minted by the Confederate Catholics of Kilkenny in 1645. The Confederates were the Royalists who wanted to barter their loyalty with the freedom to practice Catholicism and secure the surrender of their lands confiscated. 

The first time that the clover is cited as an emblem dates back to 1681, in the diary of Thomas Dineley, who traveled in Ireland in the reign of Charles II: The 17th day of March yearly is Saint Patrick's, an immoveable feast. When Irish of all stations and conditions wear crosses in Their hats, some of pins, some of green ribbon, and the vulgar superstitiously wear shamrocks. 3 leaved grass Which they likewise eat to cause a sweet breath. 

Dinely the associated wear the shamrock to the lower social classes. To wear the shamrock were, in fact, the same farmers whose behavior during the pilgrimages so struck the bishops in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. When Jonathan Swift remarked Irish men and women in London March 17, 1713, he noticed that they wore crosses, not clovers. This is because in London they were visiting wealthy people and or aristocratic. Whatever the ancient traditions concerning the clover, recent history shows that the plant continues to be a powerful icon. 

It was a symbol of rebellion and independence from the British Crown during the reign of Victoria (1837-1901). The meaning of the clover was so powerful that it wear on the uniform military was considered deadly crime . This oppression only served to instill a culture more and more weight, so that the wearing of the green has become a matter of national pride.

The Leprechauns and the pot of gold

The Leprechaun is the most popular Irish leprechaun, also known as Leith Bhrogan . For many leave him a glass of milk on the window sill. His portrait is in all stores and shops, and it is his mask to open the shows in the St. Patrick's Day. It is a leprechaun cobbler in Irish Leith bhrogan, or a single shoe cobbler and when not working he works to make jokes. Mocks especially the avaricious and builds ingenious traps for thieves. The Leprechauns seem to live in solitude and to watch a pot of gold hidden at the base of the rainbow. The legends have made this elf one of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick's Day

Celtic Cross

St. Patrick knew the language and Irish culture through the period of slavery that had lived on Slemish Mountain. When in Rome, the apostle returned to Ireland to evangelize the country, his mission was successful because he never tried to make us forget the Celts of the place their beliefs, in fact, tried in every way to combine the new Christian faith their symbolism. One example, according to legend, is the Celtic Cross: St. Patrick added the sun , powerful Celtic symbol, the Christian cross, to facilitate the assimilation of this icon.

The harp

The Irish harp is one of the oldest instruments in the world and over the centuries has become the official symbol of Ireland, although the clover is the most well-known and widespread.

The Wearing of the Green

The green color is considered the symbol of Ireland and the day of St. Patrick many Irish wear an item of clothing traditionally green or a bouquet of shamrocks crown or in the pocket.

Green symbolizes spring, nature and hope, as well as being the color of clover, and according to Irish folklore is the favorite color of the fairies .

Blarney Stone

A custom has it that on the day of St. Patrick in particular to bring good luck to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, or Stone of Eloquence, stuck in a wall of the battlements of the castle with.

According to legend, who kisses her, or at least touch it, immediately receives the gift of the dialectic. This belief stems from a complaint of Queen Elizabeth I, one of the owners of the castle, Cormac Teige McCarthy, would have stood up so well to the queen, by masking the cunning eloquence, that she would have said, getting one of his letters.

The term blarney, which means flatter would be entered as in the English language. Kiss the magical Blarney Stone, however, means climbing 1200 steps, lie down on your back and remain suspended in the air.
Shillelagh

The Shillelagh is a walking cane was originally made of wood of Shillelagh Forest Co. Wicklow. This stick is said to represent the spirit of staunch of the Irish and their perseverance.