Follow in the footsteps of Their Majesties The King and Queen of Sweden in Ireland

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The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited Ireland at the end of May 2019 at the invitation of the Irish President, Michael D Higgins

Ireland rolled out the green carpet for two very special guests in May! Excitement was in the air for their State Visit and the good news is that you too will be treated like royalty and given a warm welcome when you visit Ireland. Why not follow in their footsteps and take in some of the sights the royal couple enjoyed for your next visit!

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden at Croke Park for GAA demonstration - Hurling

Day 1 - The Gaelic Games and Croke Park

The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) governs hurling, Gaelic football and Gaelic handball, and is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world. The games’ origins stem back through the centuries, with hurling’s roots even referenced in Irish mythology, when the hero Cú Chulainn used a hurling stick and ball, known as a ‘sliotar’, to kill a vicious hound. 
The GAA has a simple mission: preserve and cultivate our national pastimes, and the GAA Museum in Dublin is a great place to go for the complete history of the GAA.
For a truly Irish experience, go behind-the-scenes at Croke Park Stadium - the home of Gaelic Games on a Stadium Tour or experience a real life game in Ireland.

 
Phoenix Park and deer

Day 1 - Phoenix Park

Dublin City is home to the residency of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, inside Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe. The park is also the home of a large herd of deer which have roamed it since the 17th century. On the grounds you find several cycling and walking routes, as well as Dublin Zoo, reputed to be one of the oldest zoos in the world.

Inside Phoenix Park you can also visit the Farmleigh estate in the north-west corner of the park. Farmleigh is the official Irish State guest house and was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family. The historic house also holds an art gallery and a working farm. It covers an area of 32 hectares and contains many beautiful features. Experience the main house on a guided tour where the knowledgeable guides take you from the eighteenth century, when building commenced, right up to the present day.

Their majesties of Sweden at National library with President Higgins

Day 2 - The National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland is located on Dublin’s Kildare Street adjacent to the parliament of Ireland, Leinster House. The Library’s mission is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland. The library is open, free of charge, to all who wish to view its collections and it also has an ongoing, lively programme of events and exhibitions for all ages.

Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden at Science Gallery Dublin

Day 2 -The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin 

In 2008, a forgotten corner of the historic Trinity College Dublin was transformed into a living experiment called Science Gallery Dublin. Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. Since its opening, more than three million visitors to the non-profit gallery have experienced 43 unique exhibitions, ranging from design and violence to light and love, and from contagion and biomimicry to the futures of the human species and play. The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow guests to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise.

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visiting the National Museum's gold exhibit

Day 2 - The National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is the country's leading museum institution with a strong emphasis on national archaeology, Irish history, Irish art, culture, and natural history. His Majesty the King visited the National Museum of Ireland to experience the “Ór - Ireland's Gold” Exhibition. The collection of prehistoric gold-work ranges in date between 2200 BC and 500 BC. Most are pieces of jewellery but the precise function of some is unknown.

Day 2 - Trinity College Dublin 

Home of the famed ‘Book of Kells’, Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the beautiful Long Room, home to some 200,000 books and manuscripts Trinity College in Dublin is a must-see attraction. Explore the long room with its amazing collection, stacked from floor to roof and marvel at the 9th century Book of Kells on display in the library.

Day 3 - The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a coastal driving route along the west coast of Ireland, over 2500 km long stretching from the most northerly, to the most Southerly point. The route allows tourists to explore some of Ireland’s most picturesque landscapes and communities. You don't have to explore all of the Wild Atlantic Way - you can do as Their Majesties do and pick out one bit that you want to explore more of.

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visiting a Burren Farm

Day 3 - Eco-Farming on the Wild Atlantic Way

As part of the third day of their State Visit, and keeping in line with the theme of sustainability, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited a local Eco-Farm in Ballybornagh, Co. Clare. Eco-Farming is just one of the examples of the conservation efforts being made on the west coast of Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way has an abundance of unique, ecologically sustainable experiences like this to be explore, from Eco Cabin Hideaways in County Galway to Yoga Retreats on an eco-farm on Clare Island in County Cork.

 
Their Majesties of Sweden at the Burren

Day 3 - Eco-tourism on the Burren

The Burren is a region of environmental interest and a UNESCO Geopark located in County Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way, known for its unique and beautiful limestone landscape. On the Burren you find about 75 % of all plant species found in Ireland as well as over 80 tombs scattered across this sparse terrain, dating from the Mesolithic era right through the Iron Age. Perhaps most famous is Poulnabrone, a gravity-defying portal dolmen which has perched here for over 5800 years, guarding the remains of 22 people buried over the course of six centuries.

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visiting the Burren Smokehouse and Birgitta Curtin
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden visiting the Burren Smokehouse and Birgitta Curtin

Day 3 - The Burren Smokehouse and The Burren Food Trail

Birgitta Curtin, born in Sweden, started hitchhiking around Ireland in the 1980's. Here she met her future husband and soon they started the Burren Smokehouse, mixing Swedish style smoking with organic Irish salmon. Surrounded by the amazing Burren landscape and right by the majestic Cliffs of Moher, in county Clare, the secluded Burren Smokehouse has always been popular with locals and visitors alike because of its uncompromising taste and quality.

The Burren Food Trail

The Burren Smokehouse is also a member of the Burren Food Trail, which is more than a listing of quality food establishments in the area – it aims to uncover the path that your food takes from field to plate. The members of the Burren Food Trail are bound by their commitment to building a sustainable future for the region.  As well as the Burren Smokehouse, some other stops on the trail include Seaview House Doolin, Ballyvaughan Farmer’s Market, Stonecutters Kitchen, and many more.

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