What’s in a beer?
History, culture, national identity, pride, industry, agriculture … and the list could go on and on.
And what’s in a celebration of a national icon such as Ireland’s Guinness Beer? Well for one thing, it’s an opportunity to focus once again on a content-rich, culturally-rich travel destination.
And what about sport? Why are athletics, competitive or not, one of the most important grassroots expressions of national cultures everywhere? Well we could begin a passionate dialogue on that question just about anywhere and anytime. Name your culture, Name the sport. And then let the games begin.
So without further ado, here’s some recent and exciting travel news from Ireland.
The year 2009 was an especially exciting time for Ireland’s capital city as it prepared to host two major events which also saw several ongoing celebrations throughout the year.
The country celebrated 250 years of its national icon, Guinness beer, and the 125th anniversary of Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association (the G.A.A).
The 250th Guinness Anniversary kicked off festivities at the headquarters in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day and continued over four subsequent days thereafter. The Guinness Storehouse also announced a special series of events and festivals hosted throughout the year.
And the city of Dublin continues to offer visitors non-stop entertainment.
The GAA is the sporting body responsible for Ireland’s two most cherished sports, Hurling and Gaelic Football. It has tremendous history behind its establishment and travelers can visit its headquarters in Dublin’s Croke Park in the city centre. Launched on 30 January 2009, the GAA festivities encompassed live entertainment, celebrations, fireworks and a football match in its 82,000 seat stadium.
Dublin has yet another reason to celebrate.
The extremely successful Dublin Pass City Card has had a revamp, adding two new attractions and five special offers to its already teeming line up of discounts and freebies. Visitors can now choose to purchase a 1, 2, 3 or 6 day card, which currently gives them free entry into 27 tourist attractions and special benefits such as skipping long queues and free airport transfers into the city.
And as for the city of Dublin itself, well the beat goes on.
For more information on the Dublin Pass or to book, visit www.dublinpass.ie