Ireland

Ireland

“Ireland is the mystic land of the past. This is the land of the Celtic Twilight, the country of Synge and Yeats and Stephens. It is the seat of an age-old tradition, of the remains of a once brilliant Celtic civilisation.”

-Conrad Arensberg, an American writer, poet and scholar, giving his opinion of Ireland and the Irish in The Irish Countryman (1937)

Discover Ireland, aka the Emerald Isle, an island covered with a lush green landscape and rolling hills that are dotted with relics and ruins from the past.  Traveling across Ireland you will find Celtic crosses, old castles, shamrocks and lots and lots of sheep, mountain goats and cows roaming free.

Guinness, lamb, potatoes and beef are the most popular agricultural exports from Ireland. Literature, music, folklore and arts are the country’s greatest cultural contributions to the world.

Irish people believe in fairies and Leprechauns and both are a huge part of Irish tradition. Perhaps you will cross the path of these symbols of luck and happiness as you discover Ireland through these stories.

  • Ireland is often referred to as the “Emerald Isle,” due to the vast greenery throughout the island. Most of the Irish countryside is dotted with farms and national parks, while the landscape in almost every county is dominated by some of the greenest hills anywhere in the world. But is this greenery the reason Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle?”

  • I was frustrated when the Wi-Fi died. My trip to the Great Blasket Island was hinging on the availability of a small boat, and I was now unable to contact the owner. However, after a ten-minute jog to the harbour in Dunquin, I was welcomed on board – the result of a last minute cancellation.

  •   On May 22, 1935, Aer Lingus was founded as the flag carrier of Ireland. In Gaelic, Aer Loingeas means "Air Fleet" - the term was anglicized to name the airline. Established as the national carrier owned by the government, the airline today is owned 25% by the government of Ireland and 29% by Ryan Air, with the balance owned by the public on the stock exchanges. It employs more than 4,000 people and is a member of the OneWorld Alliance. Its first chairman was Seán Ó hUadhaigh.Pending legislation for Government investment through a parent company, Aer Lingus was associated with Blackpool and West Coast Air Services which advanced the money for the first aircraft, and operated with Aer Lingus under the common title "Irish Sea Airways". The name Aer Lingus was proposed by Richard F O'Connor, who was County Cork Surveyor, as well as an aviation enthusiast.A DH.84 Dragon, repainted in the livery of Aer Lingus' original aircraft "Iolar". [...]

  • Aran Mor is arguably the most significant example that comes to mind and an island on which you can learn about the past, while enjoying everything it has to offer in the present.

  • Driving the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the best ways to make the most of your trip to Ireland.

  • For most of history, Irish culture was primarily “Gaelic” and stayed that way until the Normans arrived in the 12th Century.

  • Ireland was quick to respond to the coronavirus situation. While many world leaders were waiting to “see what happens”, social gatherings were banned and even the pubs were closed.

  • Adare Manor, Ireland. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints will travel parts of Ireland with tour guide Will Collins who will take us on a well-rounded journey through the Emerald Isle.  Will shares some of Ireland's culinary and sporting traditions as well as the country's interesting festivals, including a match-makers weekend, Ireland's history and historical figures. Ireland's cultural influences are very rich and vast.  Damien O'Brien, Cultural Director of Failte Ireland, tells us that the country's contributions to literature, gastronomy, science, sports and the arts have had a significant global impact. Visitors to Ireland never lack for accommodations because there are so many options from B&Bs, Manor Houses, castles and more to choose from.  Michelle McGuire from Ireland Blue Book tells us that their association has an eclectic collection of properties that include a repurposed ice house and old Oriental Express train car.  She will share some of the Blue Book [...]

  • This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Let's find hidden gems of Ireland. Travel'n On Radio returns to Ireland to discover some hidden gems, explore off-the-beaten-path attractions and play golf on one of the many Links courses on the Emerald Isle with Ireland aficionado and tour guide extraordinaire Will Collins. Then we will get an update on The Green Dragon, yacht entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, and the festivities in Galway. Galway in Ireland hosts celebrations all year long, from St. Patrick's Day in March to the Comedy Festival in October. The BIG TWO events of the year, the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway Races in July and early August, are preceded by the Galway Film Fleadh. Although Galway in Ireland is a well-liked destination, you can branch out by going to [...]