31 ESSENTIAL First Time IRELAND Travel Tips

31 ESSENTIAL First Time IRELAND Travel Tips


Ireland, the Emerald Isle is a stunning country full of ancient history and some of the most warm people that you’ll ever meet. Top of the morning to ya! Have ye seen me pot of gold, mister? Huh? How about me potatoes? What? Are you a walking stereotype? No, I just wanted to like get us in the mood of things. Nobody says top of the morning to you except for your annoying co-worker on St. Paddy’s Day. True Ireland is one of our all-time favorite destinations. Friendly locals, rugged beautiful scenery and an evolving cuisine that’s one of the most underrated in Europe. Ireland holds one of the richest cultures in Europe with over 7,000 years of history from ancient burial grounds to Iron Age fortresses and some of the most intact ruins on the continent. Ireland is a product of thousands of years of emigration and conquest, from the Celts who gave the island its language, music, and the arts, to the Vikings who raided Ireland but built some of its largest cities including Dublin, to the British who ruled Ireland as a colony for nearly eight hundred years. During the Dark Ages Irish monks played a crucial role in preserving ancient knowledge, locking themselves up in remote monasteries like Skellig Michael now famous from Star Wars the Last Jedi where they transcribed old books into beautiful manuscripts such as the Book of Kells which is on display at Dublin’s Trinity College. Today, just over a hundred years after gaining independence from Britain, Ireland is really finding its stride as a travel destination. Here are some of the highlights: Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is much more than just a pub crawl. It’s also a UNESCO city of literature thanks to authors such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, as well as the capital of Ireland’s bustling design scene. Galway is the offbeat live music capital of the west coast. It’s the best place to discover traditional Irish music and sample some of Ireland’s world-famous oysters. From Galway explore the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal scenic highway on earth and one of the world’s best road trips, period. It’s got everything from the Cliffs of Moher to surf towns like Strandhill and fishing villages like Kinsale in the south. Down south the food scene of Cork is not to be missed, not just in the city either, the farms and fjords of West Cork are the breadbasket of Ireland and we highly suggest you get out there and explore. Then there’s Northern Ireland, which has finally overcome the sectarian violence of the last century to become a major tourist draw in its own right. With everything from the iconic Giant’s Causeway to the awards winning Titanic experience in Belfast and of course for all you Game of Thrones fans the real-life Winterfell. And yes, you can even visit the direwolves. We’ve already covered all of our favourite destinations in Ireland in a separate video, so click on this card to watch that next, but stay tuned for all the practical information that you’re going to need to plan your trip starting with when to visit. The Emerald Isle is green because it rains. The Romans called it Hibernia because it seemed to be winter all year long. So bring your rain jacket. The safest bet is to avoid winter entirely and aim for summer where temperatures range between 20 and 33 Celsius or 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. We always film in the shoulder seasons; we love traveling during the shoulder seasons, and here in Ireland the shoulder seasons that we recommend you visit in are May to June or September and October when the weather is still pretty mild but the crowds are a fraction of the summertime. When it comes to packing, expect wet weather all year round. So always pack a rain jacket as well as really good waterproof footwear, especially if you’re trying to do any sort of hiking because just a little bit of rain can turn the paths really really muddy. It’s common to see a couple of seasons in a day so even if it’s sunny when you leave your hotel in the morning always dress in layers so you can take clothes on and off as the temperature changes, and always pack that rain jacket or umbrella. You’ll be thankful if you do. If you find yourself underprepared, don’t worry. There’s plenty of shops in Ireland to find that functional and stylish outerwear that you need. We recommend getting started in Dublin with the shops Indigo and Cloth and Makers and Brothers. Also do not forget to bring the proper power adapter. It’s the same one that you use in the UK, and it’s different than the one that you use in Europe. Sounds good, right? But how much does it cost? Let’s talk about money. Ireland is technically split into two countries : The Republic of Ireland, which is in the EU and on the euro and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and uses the British pound. ATMs are widely available; credit cards are accepted pretty much everywhere, but some places like pubs, especially, will only accept debit cards or cash. Interesting side note: even though the Republic of Ireland uses euros, they still use the slang term for pounds. They still call 20 euros 20 quid. If you hear Irish people saying 20 quid, it still means 20 euros, even though it’s referring to British pounds. Kind of confusing, but if you want to talk like a local, say 20 quid. Ireland is not really a budget destination. It’s not as expensive as the UK or Scandinavia, but it’s considerably more expensive than eastern or southern Europe… about a hundred euros a day should be a proper solid budget. You could get by with about 75 euros a day, but you’re going to be pinching pennies. If you want to live it up, one hundred fifty euros a day should be plenty. Your biggest cost is accommodation. There’s a lot of options in the mid to luxury range, from charming Georgian town houses or design hotels in Dublin, to palatial country homes in the countryside but there are not a lot of really cheap options. Your basic hostel will cost you twenty five euros. It’s not bad, but it’s not as cheap as other parts of the world and free camping is not allowed. If you expect just to pitch your tent anywhere you see a green pasture, you’ll be surprised.. You might get in trouble with the police. Alcohol is surprisingly expensive for a country so closely associated with pints and pubs. So if you are on a tight budget, buy your booze at the supermarket. Maybe get a bottle of local Irish whiskey, and you know, bring a flask. Be a little cheeky; be a little sneaky. You can figure it out. Long story short, you don’t have to go out and get blind drunk. If you go to the pub, have one or two pints and call it a night. Meals and restaurants typically cost around twenty euros for lunch, slightly more for dinner. Of course there are the fast food options like the rest of Europe from kebabs and curries to the old standby of fish and chips. And like the UK, most hotels offer a full Irish breakfast. It’s a really, really filling breakfast, and it usually comes with a vegetarian option as well included in the hotel price. Our tip is to load up on a late breakfast, skip lunch then find a reasonably priced pub for a quality dinner and a pint. More tips on where and what to eat a little later in this video. The good news is you can save money getting to Ireland on the cheap. Let’s move on to transportation. I would say that Ireland is an easy country to get to and a slow country to get around. Let me explain. Ireland is the home of budget airline Ryanair, which has tons of cheap tickets all across Europe, sometimes just a couple of euros, but be aware of hidden charges and make sure that you’re traveling carry-on only to really reap the benefits. It’s also the closest European Union country to the United States, which means transatlantic flights are usually quite cheap, especially when you’re using Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier or some of the budget airlines like Wow Air, which offer round-trip transatlantic flights via New York City for around three hundred US dollars. But if you’re going to use these budget airlines, be forewarned, they will get you with checked baggage fees, food, even water. So be prepared. Getting between cities is very easy. There are trains connecting all major cities and there are also very cheap buses that you can get for well under twenty euros from like Dublin to Galway. And if you’re feeling adventurous, hitchhiking is relatively easy in Ireland. I once did it in the dead of winter to go visit the Cliffs of Moher and then make it back to Galway. It was a very cheap, very fun, and very easy. The soul of Ireland is in the countryside.. rolling hills, small towns, and peninsulas that stretch off into the open ocean on the Wild Atlantic Way, a beautiful stretch of coastal road that spans nearly the entire west coast of the country. You can get tons of ideas for your road trip on the website Wild Atlantic Way.com, but our best tip is to find the roads that lead down the finger-like fjords of West Cork. It’s truly a beautiful place. Also if you haven’t already seen our two different vlog series from the Island of Ireland, we did one in the Republic of Ireland and one in Northern Ireland. Make sure you check those out before you book your flight. There’s also plenty of smaller airports along the Wild Atlantic Way from Sligo to Shannon to Cork and many more. If you’re doing the road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great money and time saver because you can fly into one airport, rent the car, drive up to the next one, return it there and fly home from a smaller airport all without doing the gigantic loop back to Dublin. One last thing… do not underestimate road distances in Ireland. It may say it’s only a hundred miles or 100 kilometres, but Irish roads, many of them, are very small, one lane twisty curvy country roads, and distances take a lot longer to cover in real life than they do on Google Maps. Also cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and the vast majority of them run on diesel so do not put regular unleaded fuel in your diesel rental car or you will be footing a very, very large bill. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive in to the juicy stuff: stereotypes, controversies, and the do’s and the don’ts of visiting Ireland. Ireland is a wonderful country plagued by ridiculous stereotypes, many of them admittedly coming from our own country of the United States of America where ironically everyone claims to be Irish on Saint Paddy’s Day, but we’re still plagued by these misconceptions. Many of our misconceptions about the Irish come from the mid 1800s when millions of Irish emigrated to the United States and elsewhere to escape the Great Potato Famine, which killed over two million Irish. For instance, it’s not true that the Irish sit around drinking Guinness all day. Alcohol consumption is more or less on par with the rest of Europe. The portrayal of Irish as drunkards partially comes from American anti-immigrant propaganda when nativist wanted to portray Irish as too drunk to work. What about St. Paddy’s Day, you might say? Well hate to break it to you, but that is a holiday that is celebrated much more in the United States than it is in Ireland, so don’t come to Dublin expecting a giant celebration. You’re better off going to Boston or Chicago Not all Irish have red hair. In fact only about 9% of them do. However, Irish do have Celtic roots so their DNA is similar to people from Scotland, Wales, and even the Basque Country in northern Spain. Nor do the Irish lived solely off potatoes. Sure, the Irish were some of the first Europeans to adopt this Peruvian tuber after it was introduced by the Spanish to Europe, but it was because it was a great source of calories for poor Irish farmers. But Irish food has evolved so much since then. So on that note let’s discuss the essential foodie experiences to have while you’re in Ireland. Ireland’s food culture is so good because its geography makes agriculture small-scale, local, and family-owned by nature. One of the best places to sample locavore cuisine is Anair restaurant in Galway where chef JP MacMahon uses only ingredients sourced from the west of Ireland to create incredible dishes that will blow your tastebuds right out of your mouth. To really get on the foodie trail though, you need to head south to County Cork, the larder of Ireland where pretty much anywhere you eat will be local, organic, and absolutely delicious. Ireland has great cheese because there’s plenty of green pastures for cows to graze. We visited the Grabeen farm in West Cork, one of the best producers in the country. Their cheeses are available in specially shops and supermarkets all across Ireland. Ireland has a thriving fishing industry and some of the best fresh seafood in the world ,including their oysters just outside of Galway. Go to Morans on the Weir just outside of Galway for the full seafood experience. A classic dish is Irish stew made with lamb, potatoes, and stout, which is perfect for warming you up after a cold day or a surf in the Atlantic as we did in Strandhill at Shells Cafe, a lovely restaurant with an amazing cookbook, The Surf Cafe Cookbook. I’ve made their Guinness and beef stew recipe many times. It’s always a hit with my friends, and this is a great cookbook Also try the morning pie. It’s delicious. Lastly, we recommend trying seaweed formerly a staple of the Irish diet until it became viewed as poor people’s food. These days adventurous foodies are rediscovering the health benefits of seaweed and using it in all different styles of cooking. In West Cork we joined a kayaking tour where we foraged for fresh seaweed in an incredibly scenic area then brought it back to shore and ate it for lunch. Did we mention that there’s a place called Voya Spa where you can book a seaweed bath? Trust us, this is incredible and it needs to be on your Irish bucket list. Okay enough about food. What about Guinness? Guinness is popular worldwide but you really haven’t had a Guinness until you’ve had one in Ireland. And although the Guinness Storehouse is a great experience, touristic yes but awesome, most locals will tell you that the key to a good Guinness is the tap at the pub, specifically the lines that connect the keg to the tap. Some pubs have cleaner and better lines than others; every local has their preference so ask around and never drink Guinness from a can. Then there’s Irish whiskey, which uses barley instead of corn, rye, or wheat like American bourbon, which is triple distilled making it a little bit more approachable than scotch whisky. Jameson and Bushmills are the two most famous Irish whiskeys, but head to a proper whiskey bar like Shellbournes in Cork which have a much wider selection and can line you up with a proper Irish whiskey tasting. Speaking of drinking, here are some important do’s and don’ts in Ireland, starting in the pub. Do buy drinks in rounds when you’re in a group. Everybody takes turns; it will come back to you, but if you buy just a drink for yourself, it’s seen as rude. Don’t take offense at Irish humor or salty language. The Irish love a laugh, sometimes at your expense. It’s all in good fun, so feel free to give as much as you get and swearing is pretty common, especially with the word feck. F-E-C-K. It’s kind of like saying darn but with the F word. Don’t battle the crowds to see the Cliffs of Moher. Yes, they are iconic; they are gorgeous; they are truly a landmark of Ireland. However, they’re almost always swamped with tourists and often covered in fog. Instead head up to County Donegal to see the Cliffs of Slieve League. They’re higher and far less crowded. Do take time to get to know the locals, especially in the smaller villages. Locals are usually quite friendly and more than willing to discuss the hot topics of the day in a friendly and cordial manner no matter how controversial the subject may be. Don’t, and I can’t believe I actually have to say this, do not dress up like a leprechaun and expect people to react well to it and yes I’m talking to you sitting in your college dorm room or your frat house sitting there going oh going to Dublin let me just dress like a leprechaun no no do not do this. The same goes for poor attempts at Irish accents or just asking everybody about your last name and where you come from because nobody knows ok there’s a lot of people the same last names and your ancestry is just not that important to the average guy at the pub right here. On a more serious note definitely do familiarize yourself with the controversial history of Northern Ireland and Ireland’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. Everyone should do their homework and their research before visiting Ireland or Northern Ireland just to be aware. But, the short version of the history is this: Ireland was Britain’s first colony and its longest held, nearly eight hundred years in total. The Republic of Ireland gained independence from Great Britain only one hundred years ago and the mostly Protestant enclave of Northern Ireland remained part of Great Britain and still does to this day. The last century was full of political turmoil, civil unrest, and innocent bloodshed as the Irish Republican Army battled the British security forces in Northern Ireland. The tit-for-tat bloodshed claimed many innocent civilian lives and turned Belfast into a war zone divided along Protestant and Catholic lines until the Good Friday Agreement of the 1990s finally brought peace. There is currently no violence and no border separating the two nations as both are part of the European Union. However, because Northern Ireland is part of the UK and the UK just voted to leave the European Union with Brexit, the future of this border remains uncertain. As a visitor you have nothing to worry about in terms of safety. Just be aware that the conflict has touched every corner of Irish society and evokes strong emotions still to this day. Do be respectful when discussing the issue, and to state the obvious, don’t walk into a bar in Belfast and order an Irish car bomb. Instead do consider taking a street art tour of Belfast. It shows how Belfast murals, which once divided the city along ethnic lines, are now being used to heal the wounds of the past with creativity. Lastly, do take some time to learn a little bit of Irish Gaelic, a language that predates English and is still spoken widely in many rural areas and the islands off the coast of Ireland. It’s not essential for communication but the language is closely tied to Irish identity and most locals appreciate the effort. Here are some useful phrases. Basic Gaelic…. starting with please and thank you. If you’re local and you can pronounce better than me, which you probably can, please add your pronunciation tips in the comment section. Please is “Le do thoil” Thank you is a bit more a mouthful It’s “Go raibn maith agat.” But the most practical and commonly used as a tourist phrase is probably “Cheers.” “Slainte.” That one’s easy. That one’s very useful, and you know it’s a good little start towards your Gaelic learning process. lf all of that seems a bit daunting, here is a very useful local phrase that you can easily wrap your head around: “Craic,” which loosely translates to “fun.” Ask a local, “Where’s the craic?” and they’ll most likely point you in the direction of the most fun pub in town. Finally, if you want to learn more about Irish culture, here are a few more resources starting with books: Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest English language writers. His book the Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorites. Of course there’s also James Joyce. He’s famous for writing Ulysses, which is a stream-of-consciousness novel that is incredibly difficult to read. Good luck if you want to attempt it. You can also go on the pub tour that takes you to a lot of places he featured in that book, but I would personally recommend Dubliners. It’s a collection of his short stories that all take place in Ireland and are much more accessible and a good way to get insight into Ireland in that time period. For films that show a lot about life in Ireland, I’d recommend you watch Once, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and the Netflix series Can’t Cope Won’t Cope. Okay. That’s everything we think you need to know before you visit Ireland. If we missed anything or if you’ve got anything to add, please add your comments down in the comment section below. Last but not least, please remember if you enjoyed this video give it a big thumbs- up, share it with your travel buddies, and make sure you’re subscribed to the Vagabrothers channel so you don’t miss any upcoming adventures or travel tips videos. Okay so in the meantime stay curious, keep exploring and we’ll see you on the road….. maybe the Wild Atlantic Way

100 thoughts on “31 ESSENTIAL First Time IRELAND Travel Tips

  1. Rain jacket yes! Umbrella no!
    You'll come to discover that umbrellas are pretty much useless in Ireland due to the strong winds from the Atlantic.

  2. Very disappointed that you made no mention of Limerick city which has King John's castle , The walls of Limerick, the treaty stone, Adare Manor (host of the 2026 Ryder Cup), some of the best golf courses in the country, Bunratty castle is 10 mins from the city along with the famous Durty Nelly's, Killaloe village the list goes on. Limerick is also a great place to base your trip from as it is significantly cheaper to stay in with hotels that are just as good if not better in terms of quality and cost. You can fly to Shannon Airport direct from many American city's and every major city including Cork, Dublin and Galway is a 1 to 2 hour drive from Limerick city

  3. If you like that video, check us out about investing in Irish whiskey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pae28QLBrA&t=6s

  4. Summer temperatures typically 15-20 degrees celsius (60 -70 degrees fahrenheit). Hot summer weather occasionally reaches 25 (80) degrees for a few afternoons in the Summer.

  5. Would not recommend Galway if you want to see Irish Music or Culture… It is effectively Irish Disneyland, very fake and touristy to me… Go to Dingle… Two dark Horse Irish cities I like are Derry and Limerick, The have a lot of the history that will help you understand Ireland better…

  6. Brilliant tips! I've lived in Ireland for 18 months and you've inspired me to get out and explore more of my new home country. Thank you!

  7. Ugh, can't wait. Best vacations are spent either in cafes, pubs, or people watching from some bench in some town. I love that this video isn't filled with sightseeing crap. Just about the people which is what it's supposed to be about.

  8. Great video. But '20 quid' in Ireland never did or does refer to the british pound. '20 quid' refers to the Irish punt, the old money before Ireland adopted the Euro.

    You also forgot to mention that you get MUCH better value for money in Ireland. Things may be a bit more expensive, but the quality is also much better. I am Spanish but my husband is Irish. Believe me, Ireland offers more for you money.

    And lads! Please learn how to pronounce Irish surnames correctly. For people who obviously love Ireland, you nearly pronounce all Irish surnames incorrectly.

  9. The British never ruled Ireland for 800 years, you will find that it was the Normans (French) for a very long period of that 800 years, you know the same people who invaded Britain.

  10. LOL, "Ireland is not as expensive as the UK" you must be having a laugh, Ireland is way more expensive than the UK in every possible way.

  11. You can be on a budget when in Ireland …. accom. Can be between €16 – €40 in hostels ( per night) if you do your homework ? ( 4 bed dorms) and food can be bought at a supermarket for around €20 ( not in fancy restaurants) … if you’re there for only a few days, then yes ??? spend money and have fun ( absolutely) but when you’re a world traveller, then every penny counts , peace out ✌?

  12. I visited Ireland and just don’t need to discuss politics or religion. I had the best time ever! The best place to visit for sure. People , food and country are wonderful.

  13. There's plenty of diesel cars but definitely not the majority. Also, St. Paddy's day is still pretty damn big even if not as much as in US, there certainly will be a massive celebration in Dublin. Aside from that, cool vid!

  14. Very well done video. My recall is that you "never tip the man behind the stick", meaning the person serving your beer. Is that still the case?

  15. i went to ireland for a couple of days, and honestly, i don't think i interacted with anyone who was actually irish. the airport staff, taxi drivers, hotel staff, restaurant waiters/waitresses, shopkeepers, cashiers – all appeared to be either east european or middle eastern. food was -meh. but i'm not a big fan of fish or lamb. was a very odd experience, but perhaps i should have carried along me lucky charms.

  16. In the country of Ireland, Galway is most popular city which is well known for its natural beauty, historic places, parties, hen & stag quest and fun things to do in galway. The city is known as “The City of the Tribes”& is a gateway to the scenic areas of the county. It is an important tourist center for the tourists who visit Ireland. The city lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib & Galway Bay & is surrounded by County Galway. The city is a perfect package for tourists who likes to click photos of scenic views as well as for families looking to enjoy together. In addition, tourists love to see historic places city offers many iconic places. You can do so many things to enjoy in Galway but here we select eight must see places in the city tourists must visit during their visit to Galway, Ireland.

    https://www.thenakhil.com/2019/07/Ireland.html

  17. It's a super good video! I do have a couple small problems

    20 to 30 degrees is a joke!
    Not sure what the budgeting is based on but it's massive!! I've spent around 1500 for two months…
    And Basque country is NOT Celtic! (they might have similar origins according to the Celtiberian theory maybe?)

  18. The British Empire Colony of N.Ireland — Irish Natives versus the racist anti-Irish British Colonist Unionist – it has nothing to do with religion, religion is used as an excuse ?

  19. Don't come to Ireland. The government is favoring tourists rather than its own citizens. Almost 90 familes a month are becoming homeless.

  20. Dear Ireland: on behalf of the United States – it being one of the two countries I am a citizen of – I'd like to apologize for the rampant misunderstanding of what Ireland and the Irish people are actually like. You see…people of Irish descent make up one of the single largest demographics in the United States. There was, as I'm sure you know, a massive influx of immigrants from Ireland in the second half of the 19th and into the early 20th century. Today, a full 10% of the U.S. population – about 33 MILLION PEOPLE – that's more people than the ENTIRE country of Ireland has by far – are of full or partial Irish heritage. Think about that. That's absolutely nuts, right? By comparison, my other country of citizenship – Estonia – from whence my family fled during the Soviet occupation that lasted from 1940-1991 – has 1.32 million people and in the U.S., just 27,000 people – about 1,200 TIMES fewer than have Irish people – are of full or partial Estonian descent. So, just to give you an idea of just how MASSIVE the Irish influence has been on American demographics.

    SO, why are so many Americans so very ignorant about Ireland? After all, a huge number of them have grandparents, great grandparents, or great-great grandparents who were born and raised in Ireland itself. A lot of them carried over the religion from their ancestral homeland, too. You'd THINK they'd have a handle on it, right?
    Turns out a lot of this has to do with a wave of nationalism which spread in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. A lot of people once had strong, recent connections with their Irish roots and were PROUD of this – they identified as Irish-Americans. Some people still do, but far more used to. But the mainly Anglo-centric dominant group in the United States viewed this as a potential threat to national loyalties and pressure was placed hard on immigrants and the children of immigrants to ONLY identify as American and FORGET their ancestral lands and cultures. This applied to Italian and German Americans as well. To identify as a hyphenated American became something which could result in an angry or even violent response. And so, people gradually assimilated and began to lose touch with their Irish heritage.

    There are also racial reasons – Americans divided themselves along racial lines and racial identification became VERY important for a long time. So it became all about "black" vs "white" rather than the country of your ancestors. People of English, Irish, German, French, Norwegian, etc descent, then, all began to be identified by the umbrella term "white", which effectively stripped their heritage from them.

    Fast forward a few generations and you have tens of millions of people of Irish heritage who have lost practically all connection to Ireland itself. That, and Ireland has CHANGED since the 1800's. So Irish-American ideas of what Ireland is like are partially influenced by a sort of game of telephone where the reality became diluted over the generations and years and the message became a garbled mess, and partially just because …a lot of Americans just don't TRAVEL anywhere further than Canada or Mexico. Only about a third of Americans have an active passport. That means about 200 million people do not. Americans live in an isolated, America-centric bubble. Combine that isolation and lack of travel experience with 150 years of Irish culture being mixed and merged with pieces of other cultures and you begin to see why the American understanding of what Ireland is became warped over time.

    And then there are movies. Ireland is rarely the central location in most hollywood films, and often when there ARE Irish characters, they are raging stereotypes. This dates back to, as these two said, the 19th century, when Irish people were ranked as just above blacks but lower than most other European-Americans in terms of social hierarchy. There were "No dogs, no blacks, no Irish" signs hanging over many establishments at one time. As, again, I'm sure you know better than most Americans. Irish were depicted in certain ways for socio-political reasons and that stuck around right into the 21st century. And a lot of Americans TO THIS DAY have no idea that the common image of the Irishman – red-haired, wearing green, saying things like "top'o'tha mornin' to ya" while swigging a pint of Guinness (even the Mascot of Lucky Charms cereal perpetuates parts of this stereotype and that is one of the FIRST images American children have of an "Irish" person) ….have their origins in a deeply ethno-centric and segregated past. Because schools in the U.S. are far more interested in talking about African slavery and American involvement in wars than they are in talking about the treatment of various European immigrant groups.

    So anyway….that's at least part of the reason why Americans – not all but a lot of them – do not understand Ireland DESPITE so many of them having Irish blood flowing in their veins. Ethno-nationalism pushing people to identify as ONLY American, abandon their past identity and call themselves either American or white, but nothing else….and a century and a half of stereotypes steeped in this and perpetuated to this day by everything from Lucky Charms to Family Guy.

    The only surefire way for Americans to learn better is for Irish-Americans in PARTICULAR to start showing a real interest in learning about where their people CAME from. This means GOING there – in person -and seeing the LOCAL life (as opposed to the pub crawl tourist routine), and respectfully abandoning preconceived notions about the place and people and being open to a paradigm shift in their understanding of it all.

    Honestly, dear Irish friends, I hope you can be patient with them as they fumble through things. They were subjected to a lot of stereotypes and misinformation for 3 or 4 generations. They lost track of where their people came from and who they were. So when someone DOES reclaim their heritage and identifies as Irish-American, I hope you can MAYBE consider not telling the to only identify as American? The U.S. is only 200 odd years old. It is a baby country. So if you trace only your American ancestry, you ignore literal thousands of years of what came before your family moved to the states. My own family arrived from Estonia so recently – the second half of the 20th century – that I grew up with the language, food, and culture in my life, am a citizen of the country, and go there every year to immerse in the culture.

    ANYWAY, my point is…long rant aside…if Irish-Americans identify as such and show an interest in their heritage, they are not claiming to be FROM Ireland (other than their genetics and possibly elements of the culture they inherited) – they aren't claiming to be citizens of Ireland (though some with recent ancestry actually are dual citizens and live part-time in both countries) – they are SIMPLY attempting to come to terms with who they are and where they come from and reclaim what was essentially stolen from them over 100-150 years of rampant ethno-nationalism and oppression. So PLEASE be mindful of that, help them to understand where their people come from, don't try to strip them of that identity, and maybe send them back to the states with a new understanding of their heritage. THAT will help so much more than "you're not Irish! You're just American!" (imagine if your parents had been run out of Ireland – would you like being told that you must now disregard thousands of years of ancestry there and identify only with your very young new host country? THAT is what I mean. Put yourself in their shoes. You'd hate that, I'd wager – to be told you're not allowed to get in touch with your roots).

    That said, love to Ireland. Welcome back your long-lost cousins from America. They need your guidance, not your rejection.

  21. To correct your irish pronunciation ………thank you is pronounced …..go rev maith agat …….slan-che ….good try though 😉

  22. im 13 and was cycling from one side of the county to another with my friend and i had a flat tyer so i went to some stranger house and they pumped up my wheel and then the same thing happened with the other wheel and then i relised the 1st one had a puncture i relised, so i seen some guy washing his van and asked him to drop me home to my town and he did xD
    [im from louth]

  23. Up north the temperatures are like 2 degrees, east it usually is around 7-18, im accually not sure about the west and south cuz i was never there xD and im irish

  24. Another movie recommendation: Micheal Collins. Another 'Don't' is: DON'T order a Black and Tan. If you particularly enjoy that type of drink, order a Half and Half, where Harp replaces the Bass.

  25. About the meal… I've been in Ireland several times with my wife. We used to get a great Irish breakfast in the morning (at the B&B) and then, for lunch, everywhere, you can find "the soup of the day" with some brown bread and salted butter. It is quick and delicious.
    One remark about the meal in the pubs at night: you have to know that at 9:30 p.m., often, you cannot have a meal, it is time for the bar and music 🙂

  26. I'd say the essential thing to do in Ireland is get a car and see the less-touristy places. I put 1200 miles on my rental in a week. You can just about get across the country in a few hours (give or take some time for sheep or cattle blocking the road), so don't limit yourself. My favorite places to eat are small diners full of mostly locals where they serve spaghetti with brown gravy and may or may not have a working credit card machine.

  27. I'm going on a Eurpean city break soon for my 60th ,I only said to my husband recently I only ever travelled up as far as Galway from Cork and Dublin on the east .I really need to see my country more Its always Kerry we head to for couple of days break or a European city .Love your videos too

  28. I'm going to say this now. you can get by with 50 a day easily if you just want food…and this is being decent. you can get a 3 course meal for about 40ish euros in some places and have extra for whatever you like

  29. The red hair came from the nordic people. If you are interested, look at how red hair came about. They may have bred with celts, but they could never take the country!

  30. Going to Ireland in March of 2020. This is a life-long dream! Thanks for the info. If anyone has any tips or must see sites I'm all ears! I'm really hoping to see more local small villages than tourist areas but having never been there I'm at a loss. I am working with a travel agent but any thoughts on a great authentic small village we can visit would be appreciated. Thanks!

  31. As an Irish person this video is fantastic. You guys hit the nail on the head with so many of your points especially about northern ireland. I also worked in Shells cafe in strandhill which features in the video it was great to see you guys enjoyed yourselves!

  32. Really!? St Patty's day isn't celebrated in Ireland!? I beg to differ…Keep in mind I called it St Patty not St Paddy. St Patty's day in Ireland is like Macy's thanksgiving parade. I celebrated St Patty's day in Galway earlier this year. Last time I checked we US citizens didn't hold a 2 hour parade for St Patrick. BTW You are pronouncing St Patty as St Paddy which is a huge faux pax to the Irish. Not to mention I visited the sunday massacre site in Derry. But other than that, great vid

  33. This was so well done and thoroughly researched I learned a thing or two myself and I've lived here all my life. Had no idea about the seaweed thing for instance. Well done guys.

  34. Interesting food selections by the "Brothers". What, no beef? Vegetarian = old Indian word for lousy hunter, 🙂 My wife is English. We visit England every couple of years from the USA. I have always wanted to visit the small villages of Ireland but she is afraid to go. I'm 6' 6" and 260lbs. Not to many people say negative things to me, lol. I do hire (rent) a car in England and have no problems with a standard or driving on the wrong side of the road. We drove all over Wales last June and we loved it. Next year we are going to Northern Scotland – my wife has convinced herself she is going to see Nessy, lol

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