Between 32 counties and 40 shades of green, for such a tiny country – we certainly pack a punch.
A nation of go-getters and big dreamers – we’ve all landed ourselves a pretty sweet deal by just being born here.
Here are 15 reasons why you’re pretty bloody lucky to hail from The Emerald Isle.
1. Unbelievable scenery
Obvious, but a worthy point. I mean, check these out. There’s a reason people come from far and wide to visit here.
2. Everyone loves us
Our reputation proceeds us all over the globe. The population of the Earth thinks we’re sound out, and we don’t even have to try.
Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Domhnall Gleeson, Liam Neeson, we could go on…
4. The craic
We’re known globally for our quick wit and clever comebacks, and it’s also well known that you can find craic in every nook and cranny of Ireland if you look hard enough.
We’re chock-a-block full of it, without even realising. Sure if Hector, Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran can find craic in Navan, there’s hope for us all.
There’s really nothing like Irish trad music, and whether you love it or loathe it – you can’t deny that you’re favourite part of Titanic is when their on the ground floor swinging each other around with the good craic peasants.
And if trad really isn’t your buzz – don’t forget that Ireland also claims some of the best music of the world: U2, The Corrs, Thin Lizzy, The Cranberries, and more recently Kodaline, The Script, Little Green Cars and Westlife.
6. Our temperate climate
And yes, it does piss rain at times, but the weather also doesn’t burn our skin, cause drought, flood or freeze over everything (most of the time). Also there’s a grand stretch in the evening to be had over the summer that can’t be beaten.
While it’s true to say that it’s possible to see Irish pubs all over the world, they’re always pretty shite in comparison. We have hundreds of thousands of excellent, authentic pubs all over the country which are dripping in atmosphere and can boast whopper pints.
We are the land of saints and scholars and have culture coming out of our ears, which you can see it in plaques, statues and cathedrals dotted around the country. There’s more culture in a square mile in Ireland than there is in most places in the world, and we’re pretty bloody proud of that.
9. Having a sound president
Michael D is, at the end of the day, one of the lads. And he’s a good lad to have captaining our ship. He keeps it real while sticking up for the little man – and also is an absolute dote. What more could you want?
Because the whole country is so green and we get buckets of rain it means we can grow the best. It also means that our meat and dairy taste way better than anything you’ll get in other countries, and why we’re such a big dog exporter. Our foodie industry is ever-growing and you will never be left wanting because of this.
Also we live in the land of potatoes – which make crisps, chips and vodka.
While the Atlantic is cold, it’s worth it for all of the cracking water sports Ireland has to offer. Weekends away in Lahinch and Mullaghmore are unforgettable because of this.
The most exciting sport in the world. Fact.
13. Paddy’s Day
No one else does it like we do. Even the Yanks with their notions can very quickly ruin it by uttering ‘Patty’s Day’. Or even worse, ‘St. Patty’s Day’.
There might be reason for panic all over the world but we’ve the luxury of keeping out of it. People like us, we like them, which means no grudges with other countries, no wars to send our kids off to and the ability to sleep sound at night.
15. And finally, the Gardaí
Unlike policemen the world over, the Gardaí are a great bunch of lads, who’ll let you off with no tax if you’re sound and will share a drink with you when they’re off duty.