N is for Newgrange
The chamber of this ancient passage tomb in County Meath lights up with a spectacular light show at dawn every year on the winter solstice. And it was all made possible by Stone Age engineers.
O is for Old Bushmills
Old Bushmills is one of the few distilleries in the world to distil, blend and bottle their whiskey under the same roof, and it's also the oldest working distillery on the island of Ireland.
P is for Patrick
The patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick spent his early years on Slemish Mountain in County Antrim before embarking on his mission to bring Christianity to the people of Ireland.
Q is for... nothing?
We promise, we’re not cheating! The letter Q doesn’t appear at all in the Irish alphabet – in fact, nor do k, v, w, x, y or z for that matter.
R is for Rugby
Ireland has a proud tradition of rugby, with a huge legacy of punching well above our weight against some of the biggest rugby nations in the world! Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton, anyone?
S is for the Seven Kingdoms
Did you know that you can find Westeros in Northern Ireland? It has more film locations than anywhere else in the world for HBO’s Game of Thrones®
T is for Titanic
The legendary ocean liner has connections to both Belfast, where it was built, and Cobh in County Cork, where it stopped for the final time before setting off on its ill-fated journey in 1912.
U is for U2
Legends in their own lifetime, U2 originated in Dublin in 1976 as “Feedback”, before becoming “The Hype”, and eventually adopting the name U2 in 1978. The rest, as they say, is history!
V is for Valentia Island
Off the coast of County Kerry, Valentia Island offers amazing views of the Skelligs, as well as the preserved footprints of the tetrapod, one of the first creatures to venture onto land from the sea.
W is for Wild Atlantic Way
Taking in the Cliffs of Moher, the Skelligs and Mizen Head, amongst many others, this 2,500km journey down Ireland’s western edge is the world’s longest fully-defined coastal touring route.
X is for Ireland XO
For all you genealogical hunters, Ireland XO is a community of parishes around the island that helps connect the descendants of people who have left over the years with the place their ancestral home.
Y is for Youghal
The medieval walled town of Youghal sits along Cork’s perfect coastline, looking out into the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s famous, too, with Sir Walter Raleigh said to have introduced potatoes to the island from here, while the 1954 film of Moby Dick was made here, too!
Z is for Zozimus
Michael J Moran, otherwise known as Zozimus, was a street bard who wandered the streets of Dublin plying his rhymes to the people. Today you can visit his grave at the famous Glasnevin Cemetery.