SailingSailing is a very popularsport in Ireland. The firstsailing club was formed inCork in the 18thcentury.However, there are nowmany sailing clubs all overIreland, such as the RoyalIrish Yacht Club (RYIC) inDun Laoghaire.Sailing is very popular and is a well recognised sport. There is alsoa big racing element involved, with over 100 recognised races eachyear. However, sailing is not just competitive; it is also recreationalfor those who just want to enjoy themselves on the water or whohave an interest in fishing.This is the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dublin Bay.
FishingDun Laoghaire is a popular boat andshore angling location for fishing. Boththe West and East Piers in DunLaoghaire are popular fishing venuesfor mackerel, whiting, pouting, codlingand pollack.Another renowned destination isHowth, where they have pier, rockand angling fishing available. Thefishing port here is the largest fishingport on the East Coast.This is a map of common destinationsto fish in Ireland. Irish Sea foodThe clean, unpolluted waters aroundIreland are rich in aquatic life and form anexceptional environment for sea food. Themain European Irish seafood markets areFrance, Spain, UK, Germany and Italy.The most common fishs that Irelandexports are mackerel, herring and bluewhiting.Dublin Seafood Restaurant
Irish SportsIreland’s largest sporting organisation is the GAA. This is the GaelicAthletic Association. It is made up of sports such as Hurling,Football, Handball and Rounders. All players who play GAA areamateurs and do not get paid for competing in the competitions.The GAA has its headquarters in Croke Park, Dublin. The stadiumwas recently done up and has a capacity of 82,300 seats.Croke Park StadiumIreland is also very good a rugby. Theycompete annually in the Six NationsChampionship, which they have won 11times outright and shared 8 times. TheAviva Stadium, Landowne Road, Dublin,was also recently done up. This stadiumhas a seated capacity of 51,700.
St. Patricks DaySt. Patricks Day is a cultural and religiousholiday celebrated on the 17thMarch. It isnamed after St. Patrick, the patron saint ofIreland.Green ribbons and shamrocks are worn bypeople all over the country. Many people attendparades that are on in most big towns. Peoplefrom all over the world come to Ireland for this occasion.
Many buildings all over the worldwere lit up green in celebration ofSt. Patrick’s Day.The Empire State Building, New YorkThe Pyramids of EgyptThe Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Irish DancingIrish Dancing is similar to River dancing but to traditional IrishMusic. It is notable for its rapid leg and foot movements while thearms and upper body are kept largely stationary.This is a video of Irish Dancing. There are now Irish Dancing competitions that takeplace all over the world. People are always travelling for these competitions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSaa-2t2zmQ
The O2 DublinThe O2 Dublin is where most concerts are held in Dublin. Ithas the capacity of 14,000 people and is located on theDublin Docklands. It opened on the 16thof December 2008.Many famous musicians and artists have performed hereover the years.The National Concert HallThe National Concert Hall is in Dublin’s City Centre. It wasopened in 1981 by President Hillery. A wide variety ofmusical genres are performed here including: classical,jazz, opera, traditional, musicals, popular music andeducation.
Famous Musical Acts from DublinU2 This is an Irish Rock Band from Dublin Formed in 1976 The members are Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton andLarry Mullen Very famous worldwide with many hitsThe Dubliners An Irish folk band Founded in Dublin in 1962 byRonnie Drew, who is nowdeceased The group have had manydifferent members over theyears Famous internationally
Tourist Attractions in DublinMolly MaloneThe Molly Malone statue can be found at the endof Grafton Street, which is a very famous streetin Dublin’s City Centre. She was a fishmongerwho walked the narrow streets of Dublin in the17thCentury. She was an attractive young girlbut unfortunately she died of a fever at a youngage. The story of Molly Malone is told in a veryfamous Irish song called: “Cockles and Muscles”.A line of the song is: “In Dublin’s fair city, wherethe girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes onsweet Molly Malone”.Viking Splash ToursThe Viking Splash Tours are very famous around Dublin andpopular among the tourists that visit Dublin. The tour is based onthe fact that years ago Vikings landed in Ireland and settled here.The tour involves going around Dublin City Centre in a bus shapedas a Viking boat and seeing some of the famous sites that Dublinhas to offer. The tour also features a trip into the water, becausethe bus is actually a boat in disguise! It is a very enjoyable andunique experience.
DubliniaDublinia is situated at the crossroads inDublin where modern and old Dublinmeets. It is connected to Christ ChurchCathedral by a medieval footbridge, whichis a very famous cathedral in Ireland. It isa famous historical museum in Dublin andis based on the Viking and Medieval agesin Dublin. It is a great experience fortourists and many school children inIreland visit it. You can learn about what itwould have been like to have been aViking, about their weapons and what it would have been like to beon a Vikingwarship. You can also learn about the torture, deaths,treatments and lifestyles of the people who lived in the MedievalAges.
The National Wax MuseumThis is where the National Wax Museum is located in relation tothe rest of the City of Dublin.This is a picture of the National Wax Museum. Here you canfind many famous people made of wax, such as MichaelJackson, Batman and many more. Visitors are taken on atour through time on the history of Ireland. There is also aChamber of Horrors and is a very popular and interestingattraction for many tourists.
The National History MuseumInside the Museum. The view of the outside.The National History Museum is located on Merrion Street in Dublin.The museum was built in 1856. The ground floor is made up of theskeletons and stuffed bodies of Irish animals. The first floor is madeup of mammals from all over the world. The lower gallery has birdsfrom all over the world and the upper gallery contains invertebrateand marine animals. It is a popular attraction for tourists and Irishcitizens also.
The National Gallery of IrelandThe National Gallery holds a collection of both Irish and Europeanart. It is located in Dublin’s City Centre and it was founded in 1854and the doors opened 10 years later. It is free to go into themuseum and is a popular tourist attraction in Dublin.