Why We Love the Irish

U2, Guinness, Michael Fassbender, Irish stew, Bunratty Castle, Croghaun Cliffs and Riverdance are just a few reasons why we love the Irish.

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Belfast, Ireland, is the epicenter of Titanic attractions, with the newly opened Titanic Belfast museum, housed in a stunning building located on the slipways where the “Ship of Dreams” was built. 960 1280

Titanic Exhibit, Ireland- Northern Ireland Tourist Board  

On April 8, 2012, the MS Balmoral -- operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, whose parent company (Harland and Wolff) built the Titanic -- will set sail from Southampton, UK, on what is being billed as “the Titanic Memorial Cruise.” 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Memorial Cruises  

It's a long way from any ocean, but Titanic museums in Branson, MO, and in Pigeon Forge, TN, have seen more than 7 million visitors since 2006 and house some of the largest permanent collections anywhere of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge  

The Southampton Maritime Museum hosts a permanent exhibition on the Titanic’s crew. Visitors can find out about the Titanic crew’s roles onboard and their personal stories. The museum collection also includes audio of crewmember’s memories of the night the Titanic struck the iceberg. 960 1280

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A new exhibit, 'Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,' at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in the year 1912. 960 1280

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The Titanic Belfast attraction opened in The Titanic Quarter on March 13, 2012, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast's Titanic Quarter is a waterfront regeneration project on the original site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the Titanic. 960 1280

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A century ago, tens of thousands of eager spectators lined Belfast Lough to see the Titanic, the largest moving manmade object the world had ever seen -- and the most luxurious ship ever built at the time -- set sail on her maiden voyage. 960 1280

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Prepare for seasickness with the 3-D release of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic. The movie’s characters Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater are entirely fictitious. While the passenger record does list a Jack Dawson, it is entirely coincidence. 960 1280

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Museum visitors at the Titanic Branson get the boarding pass of a Titanic passenger or crewmember when they enter, and at the end of the tour, they learn whether their passenger lived or died. 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Branson  

One hundred years ago, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic with as many as 1,635 people onboard -- a tragedy that continues to fascinate the world. Letters and other artifacts at the Titanic Museum, Massachusetts tell the stories of the lives lost. 960 1280

Courtesty of Titanic Museum, Massachusetts  

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Guinness

Guinness

A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a properly poured pint at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. 960 1280

Damien du Toit through Flickr Creative Commons  

Time for a pint?

Time for a pint?

This Dublin sign asks the question that you were probably already asking yourself. 960 1280

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Nude food

Nude food

Why have “dressed” food when you could have “nude” food? 960 1280

Salim Virji through Flickr Creative Commons  

Bailey's Irish Cream

Bailey's Irish Cream

This Dublin sign promotes another world-famous Irish beverage, Bailey’s Irish Cream. 960 1280

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Why Go Bald

Why Go Bald

This sign, advertising a hair and skin clinic, was about to be removed and trashed when it was rescued and restored by the original sign maker. The “Why Go Bald” sign is so popular that it even has a Facebook fan page, and U2’s Bono claims that it’s his favorite Dublin landmark. 960 1280

William Murphy through Flickr Creative Commons  

Karma

Karma

This sign reminds Dubliners to recycle, because, well, it’s just good karma. 960 1280

William Murphy through Flickr Creative Commons  

Paddy Power

Paddy Power

This Paddy Power (an Irish bookmaking chain) location changed its name to O'Bama Power in honor of the US President and First Lady’s visit to Dublin. 960 1280

William Murphy through Flickr Creative Commons  

Saletime

Saletime

What time is it? Apparently, it’s saletime! Do you really need any more information than that? 960 1280

UggBoy?UggGirl through Flickr Creative Commons  

Irish pub

Irish pub

Apparently, this Irish pub doesn’t just serve food, it serves “good food.” 960 1280

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Stop sign

Stop sign

When in Dublin, make sure you wear your parachute while driving, in preparation for when you may need to eject from your moving vehicle while it’s falling off a cliff into water. 960 1280

Jacob Tarrao through Flickr Creative Commons  

Restaurant sign

Restaurant sign

What more could you need? 960 1280

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Leprechaun Museum

Leprechaun Museum

This helpful sign points you in the right direction of the “Louvre of leprechauns.” 960 1280

Ben Sutherland through Flickr Creative Commons  

Hairy Lemon Pub

Hairy Lemon Pub

This pub was named after a Dublin street character of the 1950s, a haggard-looking dog catcher who was said to have a face that resembled a hairy lemon. 960 1280

Aapo Haapanen through Flickr Creative Commons  

Free Beer

Free Beer

This seems like a pretty great deal to us! 960 1280

Tarjei Hanken through Flickr Creative Commons  

Dublin store

Dublin store

We’re not sure what kind of adults you can get on final clearance, nor are we curious to find out. 960 1280

Steve-h through Flickr Creative Commons  

Belfast, Ireland, is the epicenter of Titanic attractions, with the newly opened Titanic Belfast museum, housed in a stunning building located on the slipways where the “Ship of Dreams” was built. 960 1280

Titanic Exhibit, Ireland- Northern Ireland Tourist Board  

On April 8, 2012, the MS Balmoral -- operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, whose parent company (Harland and Wolff) built the Titanic -- will set sail from Southampton, UK, on what is being billed as “the Titanic Memorial Cruise.” 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Memorial Cruises  

It's a long way from any ocean, but Titanic museums in Branson, MO, and in Pigeon Forge, TN, have seen more than 7 million visitors since 2006 and house some of the largest permanent collections anywhere of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge  

The Southampton Maritime Museum hosts a permanent exhibition on the Titanic’s crew. Visitors can find out about the Titanic crew’s roles onboard and their personal stories. The museum collection also includes audio of crewmember’s memories of the night the Titanic struck the iceberg. 960 1280

leannetpf, flickr  

A new exhibit, 'Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,' at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in the year 1912. 960 1280

Getty Images  

The Titanic Belfast attraction opened in The Titanic Quarter on March 13, 2012, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast's Titanic Quarter is a waterfront regeneration project on the original site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the Titanic. 960 1280

Getty Images  

A century ago, tens of thousands of eager spectators lined Belfast Lough to see the Titanic, the largest moving manmade object the world had ever seen -- and the most luxurious ship ever built at the time -- set sail on her maiden voyage. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Prepare for seasickness with the 3-D release of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic. The movie’s characters Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater are entirely fictitious. While the passenger record does list a Jack Dawson, it is entirely coincidence. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Museum visitors at the Titanic Branson get the boarding pass of a Titanic passenger or crewmember when they enter, and at the end of the tour, they learn whether their passenger lived or died. 960 1280

Courtesy of Titanic Branson  

One hundred years ago, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic with as many as 1,635 people onboard -- a tragedy that continues to fascinate the world. Letters and other artifacts at the Titanic Museum, Massachusetts tell the stories of the lives lost. 960 1280

Courtesty of Titanic Museum, Massachusetts  

Moscow

Moscow

Performers -- donned in green -- happily dance during a St. Paddy's Day parade in central Moscow.   960 1280

REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin  

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

A girl with her face painted in Ireland's national colors attends the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. 960 1280

REUTERS/Victor Fraile  

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Even Down Under goes green for St. Patty’s Day. The Sydney Opera House is lit with green lights during St Patrick's Day celebrations. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

Children get into the spirit in a St Patrick's day parade in London, England. Thousands of people lined the streets for the parade and a concert in Trafalgar Square. 960 1280

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Revelers dressed as Leprechauns take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo on. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade to commemorate the Irish patron Saint Patrick. 960 1280

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Irish bagpipers march during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Brisbane, Australia. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Workers dye Chicago River green as part of the city's annual St Patricks day celebrations in Chicago. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A boy holds a Republic of Ireland flag during a St Patrick's day march in central London. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

Irish step dancers participate in the Saint Patrick's day parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York. 960 1280

Reuters  

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

A bartender at O'Carrolls Irish pub in Auckland, New Zealand, spins the glass before preparing to pour a Guinness during St. Patrick's Day. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A man, wearing a costume of Saint Patrick, shakes parade-goers' hands and entertains the crowds during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through central London. 960 1280

Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images  

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

An actor dressed as Saint Patrick walks in the parade at Ludwigstrasse in Munich, Germany. With about 10,000 spectators, the Munich St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the largest outside Ireland. 960 1280

Johannes Simon/Getty Images  

New York City

New York City

New York City's streets and pubs are crowded with people celebrating after the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. 960 1280

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St. Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, Illinois

A man dressed as a leprechaun performs mini motorcycle stunts along Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois March 10, 2007 for the town's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 960 1280

Reuters  

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Members of the Irish Setter Club and their dogs take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo. 960 1280

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