Welcome To Ireland
When you think of luxury places to spend your vacations and explore, Ireland probably isn’t the first landmark that comes to mind. Personally it wouldn’t be my first choice either, maybe see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, see how busy it is in Times Square of New York City, or see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But Ireland actually has so much to offer, the country is beautiful and built on so much history and mythology. The culture here is captivating and shows the love these citizens have for their lovely nation. I made a list here of wonderful places to visit during your time here in Ireland.
Places To Visit
Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel is a Gothic cathedral on a mountain in southern Ireland. It is assumed to have been built between 1235 and 1270. The area was originally home to kings of Munster, St. Patrick came to Cashel to convert King Aenghus to Christianity. And Brian Boru was crowned High King at Cashel in 978. In 1101 the area was granted to the church, leading to the Cashel's rise to prominence as one of the most significant ecclesiastical power in Ireland.
During the Irish Confederate Wars in 1637, the building was destroyed by English troops, along with many religious artifacts. As the building was eroding and falling apart, the main roof of the cathedral was removed in 1749. The decision to do this was heavily criticized then and even now. People wanted to keep the building the way it was to represent honest history. Yet the cathedral became a famous tourist attraction and the building needed to be safe for visitors.
Titanic is known for its very infamous history on the date of April 14th, 1912. But what isn't well known is that Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland, and built by native, strong Irish men! The shipyard is named Harland and Wolff, they specialize in ship repair and offshore construction.
Titanic Quarter opened in March 2012 with film studios, education facilities, apartments, entertainment, and a Titanic themed attraction. This is the location that the Titanic was launched, leading to a great place to teach its history. A ship, the SS Nomadic, is the last White Star Line ship, it was restored and brought here for people to hop on board to explore the history of the RMS Titanic. The SS Nomadic looks similar to the RMS Titanic so the interior was remodeled for educational purposes, to be a proper historical museum. The ship made an impact on countries surrounding the Atlantic, it would be an honor to visit here and feel what it was like to be a passenger on the time of the Titanic.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher stand 700 feet tall and stretch for over 8 miles (13km) along the Atlantic. The cliffs are completely vertical, you're able to stand on the edge, look straight down and see the waves crashing into the side of the cliff. Walking on the path of the cliff you hear the booming of the waves crashing. There are paved pathways for those who visit and look out for the beautiful view this location offers.
When you visit the cliffs, you can also visit O'Brien's Tower, which is a great tower to look out over the cliffs. The tower was built in 1825 by Cornelius O'Brien. O'Brien is related to Brian Boru, who was mentioned earlier for the Rock of Cashel. The tower has been used to watch over visitors for hundreds of years.