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Old Glory Flies Over Dublin during a Parade

Would your guess be Ireland? If you’re talking about people who are 100% Irish, you’re right.  But the United States has more folks with Irish ancestors than any other place in the world.

Even people with non-Irish sounding last names may have an ancestor who hailed from this country. Oftentimes, the family name was changed when the person or family arrived at Ellis Island. The recorder simply couldn’t understand the accent or their Irish language. Others immigrants changed their name to Americanize, to fit more easily into the giant melting pot called the U.S.

The potato famine caused a large number of crops in Ireland to die, leaving many people without food in the 1830s. These citizens had the option of leaving or staying and facing certain death. (More people died during those years than at any other point in Ireland’s history.) Some moved to other parts of Europe, but a large number of people headed west to America.  Others came due to political unrest at home and looked to homestead in the U.S. after the famine.  And, some Irish people were the first settlers in the States, particularly in the Southern part of the country where their music still has great influence.

Curious about your own roots? For Irish Genealogical Resources, go to this link for a fairly complete list of organizations and websites to help you track down your Irish family. 

http://www.authenticireland.com/geneology

After you’ve found them?  Visit them in Ireland, of course!

Your Dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

Ireland is the Perfect Place for a Family Reunion

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats

Do you dream of getting your entire family together?  Many of us live far from each other, the kids are growing or gone, and the grandchildren and cousins don’t see each other often enough.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful legacy to arrange a family reunion in Ireland?

Ireland is all about families, friends and the ties that bind.  Because of this, there is no better place to strengthen your ties, relax together, laugh and reminisce.  You may even arrange to broaden your family circle, and see the Irish family you’ve never met.

Children are treasured in Ireland.  They are welcome most places, and there is a lot for them to do and enjoy.  They’ll even find shopping a small miracle as they wander through the maze of a medieval town, especially when they hear stories of witches and faeries who wandered the same streets.

And there’s so much more: festivals, circuses from Eastern Europe, wildlife parks, tidepooling, the Aquadome,  a Viking tour of Dublin, visiting an Irish farm, horseback riding, ecology for kids, cooking on a farm, visitor centers for kids at Neolithic sites, folk parks, houseboats on the Shannon River, exploring caves… That’s plenty to keep the whole crew wide-eyed and happy.  Rent an Irish house together and explore.

Make the time to enjoy and appreciate each other!

Your Dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

Ireland is Made for Romance and Intimate Moments

Ireland is a country of romance and mist fueled by fantasy, ancient castles, Guinness, music, pony treks and a warm cuddle by the fire.

Being Irish ourselves, we at Authentic Ireland are hopeless romantics. Choose one of our Ireland honeymoon packages or romantic getaways that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

All our romance and honeymoon vacations include accommodation, transportation of your choice, and a selection of unique Irish experiences and meals. A kiss in Ireland is like no other.  Believe it!

Your dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

Golf by the Atlantic in Lahinch, County Clare

Ireland is one of the world’s premier golf destinations.

With over 400 golf courses, you can travel anywhere in Ireland and rest assured that you are close to a golf course with a terrific reputation. Pretty wonderful!

Of the world’s twelve top-ranked courses, three are found in Ireland: Ballybunion, Royal Portrush, and Royal County Down. Considering that we’re a fairly small island, this is truly an amazing place for golfers.

You will find that Ireland’s hospitality and good cheer spill over into her clubhouses. Any level of golfer is welcome, and the courses are exceptionally well-kept. You can follow one of our suggested itineraries or create one of your own. Regardless, Authentic Ireland can help you create an itinerary that works—-and plays—-for you!

Your dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

Edinburgh Castle Overlooking the Streets of Edinburgh, Scotland

Hollywood loves magnificent settings, allure, and places that spark our imagination.

It’s no surprise that the movie business has had a love affair with Scotland for years. While there, explore the footprints of classic movies and their stars.

Callander is a colorful town and the gateway to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.  Explore Doune Castle, used in the movie Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  Doune also co-stars in The Game of Thrones.

Glencoe, a charming village, has starred in many movies including Harry Potter & Rob Roy. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles, and featured in many Hollywood movies, including The Highlander, The World is Not Enough, Rob Roy, Loch Ness, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Entrapment, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age & Made of Honor.  (Thirsty?  Nearby Blair Athol Single Malt Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland.)

End your Scotland movie vacation in Edinburgh, and visit Rosslyn Chapel.  With its unique sense of mystery and wonder, it was showcased in the Da Vinci code.  Pull out the popcorn and enjoy.

Your dedicated Authentic Ireland writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

Daniel Day-Lewis, Irish Citizen and Actor Extraordinaire

Daniel Day-Lewis became an Irish citizen in 1993.  We are proud to count Daniel as one of us!

If you haven’t seen the movie, LINCOLN, go see it.  Now. You’ll experience one of the finest performances imaginable by, yes, one of our very own.  Simply brilliant.

Authentic Ireland’s dedicated writers: Meredith and Win Blevins

James Joyce in 1902

Enjoy some of Ireland’s best literature-as-theater as you travel from one infamous Dublin pub to another. (Dublin’s Pubs and Writers are a perfect match.)

No city is as rich in pubs and poetry as Dublin, and Dublin’s literary pub crawl is a genius amalgam of both: a 2½ hour walking tour with Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Behan, Beckett, Shaw, O’Casey, Gogarty and other literary greats.

In the style of Leoopold Bloom, the pub crawl meanders through the streets of Dublin, taking in the sights, the smells, the sounds and the scenes. A team of rambling players and minstrels completes the ensemble, giving renditions of verse, prose, drama and song from the literary hall of fame.

When you join this fun-filled evening of literary greats, you’ll discover some of Dublin’s finest pubs and sample the finest Irish Whiskey and brews.  The wit and humor of the troupe is almost as potent as the drink.

“It combines street theatre with the ‘craic’ that makes Dublin’s pubs the liveliest in Europe and successfully avoids tourist cliches that could ruin an evening of high art and low life”. – The London Times

Authentic Ireland’s dedicated writers:  Meredith and Win Blevins

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