21 reasons you should move to Ireland immediately

October 21, 2014 admin No comments

(Picture: Flickr/Trent Strohm)

(Picture: Flickr/Trent Strohm)

Take a look outside. Can you see green fields or flat, grey suburbia? Finding life dull and laughter-less? You really need to get over to Ireland where the people are warm, the drinks are flowing and there’s fun to be had.

The Lonely Planet reckons Ireland is one of the top five countries to visit in 2015. But we think it’s so good you should probably just live here.

Here are 21 reasons you should move over the water right now:

1. The craic is 90

(Picture: Flickr/Michael Foley)

(Picture: Flickr/Michael Foley)

Or mighty! Loosely translated means the fun factor is tipping the scales and it’s true, particularly if you happen to be in a pub during a lock-in.

2. Because of the tea

cup of tea

(Picture: Flickr/*Ann Gordon)

When not drinking Guinness, Ireland sups a lot of tea. Who doesn’t love a cup of cha?

3. Because of the language

Irish language

(Picture: Flickr/Larry Sheradon)

Come here till I tell ya, you don’t have to speak in Gaeilge, even everyday language is made beautiful by an Irish brogue and a novel approach. Take the phrase ‘acting the maggot’ which means messing around – it’s so much better than ‘messing around’!

4. Because of the people

(Picture: Flickr/LenDog64)

(Picture: Flickr/LenDog64)

The Irish are some of the funniest and warmest people you’ll ever meet. After famines, Cromwell and the banking crises they still know how to see the funny side.

5. Because of their names

(Picture: Flickr/Free Education for Everyone)

(Picture: Flickr/Free Education for Everyone)

With as many pronunciations as there are different spellings, Irish names are like music to your ears: Ailbhe, Bláithín, Caolán, Dara, Daire or Darragh?

6. Because of the Irish men

(Picture: Flickr/Tim Ngo)

(Picture: Flickr/Tim Ngo)

Colin Farrell, Ronan Keating, Niall Horan!

7. Because of the Rose of Tralee

(Picture: Flickr/morgraene)

(Picture: Flickr/morgraene)

Or beours (beautiful women), as they might also be known. If you thought Father Ted’s Lovely Girls competition was a comic invention you’d be wrong, it happens here every year at the Rose of Tralee.

8. Because of the mammies

(Picture: Flickr/Anthony Beal)

(Picture: Flickr/Anthony Beal)

They’re famous for being able to scold and praise you in one breath. They’ll make sure you’re well fed, and you always wear your coat in wet weather, but cross one at your peril.

9. Because of the dinners

(Picture: Flickr/Jason Crane)

(Picture: Flickr/Jason Crane)

Irish mammies are particularly good at these. Cabbage, ham and spuds are a staple. Basically anything with potatoes really!

10. Because of the pubs

(Picture: Flickr/Frédéric Poirot)

(Picture: Flickr/Frédéric Poirot)

Where everyone is always welcome – to stay till tomorrow if they want, ah go on, the craic’ll be mighty!

11. Because of the scenery

(Picture: Flickr/Robert Cross)

(Picture: Flickr/Robert Cross)

Take a trip to Glendalough where you can see historic ruins of a medieval monastery, plus walk round a lough that looks like something out of Lord of the Rings.

12. Because of the weather

(Picture: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

(Picture: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Yeah it rains a lot, but that’s what makes it the Emerald Isle. It’s green as far as the eye can see.

13. Because of the sport

(Picture: Flickr/Brendan Rankin)

(Picture: Flickr/Brendan Rankin)

Being in the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) is like being in a tribe. Even the Queen is a fan of hurling, the world’s fastest field sport.

14. Because of the cities

(Picture: Flickr/darren webb)

(Picture: Flickr/darren webb)

Dublin, Cork, Galway, each of Ireland’s cities is like one big party that everyone’s been invited to.

Walk down cobbled streets in Kilkenny or pop into a pub in Galway where there will always be live music or pretend your Bono and stalk the streets of Dublin.

15. Because of the music

(Picture: Flickr/Stephane Rossignol)

(Picture: Flickr/Stephane Rossignol)

Talking of Bono, one of Ireland’s biggest exports is its musicians. There’s just so many of them and all seem to have been born with a cajon in their hands.

16. Because of Jedward

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  John and Edward Grimes also know as Jedward arrive as a guests in the Big Brother House at Elstree Studios on August 18, 2011 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

(Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Yeah, they’re not to everyone’s taste but they’ve brought us all a laugh, even if for the wrong reasons.

17. Because of the comedy

(Picture: Flickr/Isabelle)

(Picture: Flickr/Isabelle)

Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Graham Linehan, Pat Short, we could go on (for a really long time!)

18. Because of the books

(Picture: Flickr/electrictuesday)

(Picture: Flickr/electrictuesday)

From Marian Keyes to James Joyce, Ireland is home to the literary greats.

19. Because of the culture

(Picture: Flickr/Terry Ballard)

(Picture: Flickr/Terry Ballard)

Oscar Wild, the music, Ballykissangel! Why not pop into Fitzgerald’s and pretend your Father Peter!

20. Because of the magic…

(Picture: Flickr/Azzurra Ambrosi)

(Picture: Flickr/Azzurra Ambrosi)

Did someone say Leprechaun? Careful down country roads at night in case you meet a will-o’-the-wisp, faeries or a banshee (bean-sidhe).

21. Because it’s grand

(Picture: Flickr/Bhautik Joshi)

(Picture: Flickr/Bhautik Joshi)

Even Saint Patrick said so, what other reason could you need?

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