Ireland's rich culture is attracting high-flying expats
With a strong, open economy and strategic location, it’s unsurprising that Dublin is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world for doing business and the native population are famed for their welcoming hospitality, with Dublin twice voted Europe’s Friendliest City by TripAdvisor. In addition to its energetic capital, this unique country offers an attractive range of cultural events and ancient sites. The city provides the kind of lifestyle and opportunities that attract homegrown professionals and international expatriates. In this two-part series, Kingpin explores some of the cultural and ancient wonders that shape the country's vivid story - the second part will follow, exhibiting the country's rich sporting heritage.
As Ireland recovered from the financial crisis in 2008, Dublin emerged as a bustling international city, boosting tax job opportunities for ambitious expatriates. Some of the biggest global brands, such as Google (which employs 3500 people in the city) and Yahoo, have their regional or head offices in the Irish capital. This phenomenon has been accelerated by friendly business rates and corporate taxes, leading many analysts to describe the city as Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley.
Ireland’s balance of modernity and traditionalism makes it a hit with expatriates, as increasing numbers of professionals relocate to the country. This first in our two-part series looks at some of the cultural events and ancient sites which help to attract high-flyers – with the second edition focusing on sports and leisure.
Road Trips and scenery
With over 3000 km of rugged coastline, Ireland features some spectacular coastal drives. However, the island is also compact, taking about two weeks to navigate. And with some untamed areas, particularly in the West, the country is famous for its stunning scenery, with a scattering of ancient sites to be discovered.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500 km driving route stretching from Malin Head to Mizen Head, the northern- and southernmost points in Ireland, alongside the gorgeous west coast, atop cliffs and through coastal towns, passing through nine counties and three provinces, stretching from County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast.
Along the route, there are 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and more than 2,500 activities including Bundoran, a popular surfing location in county Donegal and the Shannon Estuary which plays host to Ireland’s growing whale-watching scene.
The region of Connemara and the town of Dingle also lie on the route. These Irish speaking towns are famed for their Gaelic culture. The town of Kinsale is another attraction with its fabulous multi-coloured houses.
Ireland's spectacular ruins are dotted among the most beautiful landscapes in the country, revealing the drama of early Irish history. The Hill of Tara is much feted in poems, songs and ancient lore. The HQ of ancient Celtic Kings, this unexcavated site contains standing stones and ring forts, marking the site of the island’s former spiritual and cultural capital for millennia. Newgrange is a Unesco world heritage site pre-dating Stonehenge by about 1000 years. Built around 3200 years, this is one of Europe’s principal prehistoric clusters. A better-known location for tourists is The Blarney Stone, which is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle near Cork. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab.
Ireland has deep artistic roots based around its Gaelic heritage, with numerous festivals taking place up and down the island. The biggest traditional festival is Fleadh Cheoil Na Héireann held every August in Drogheda.
There are also numerous film festivals, with the Dublin International Film festival taking place over February and March.
Ireland truly has plenty for everyone, from the bustling modern metropolis of Dublin to the tranquil traditionalism of provincial areas within easy reach. As international workers continue to migrate to the city, expect this cultural hub to go from strength to strength.
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