Ireland targets tourists with Irish heritage

The Irish Government is urging people to invite and entice friends and relatives around the world with Irish roots and connections to visit Ireland. They hope to attract an extra 325,000 tourists next year, a figure that would help in the country’s economic revival.

Irish is only the third most used language in Ireland

Irish has dropped down to third in the list of the languages most spoken in Ireland, according to the 2011 Census. The census showed that English is the most used language and Polish is now the second most used. There are 119,526 people who speak Polish as their first language, and 56,430 who speak French.

Will Ferrell insists he’s Irish – and he’ll drive on the left!

Comedy actor Will Ferrell has spoken of his pride in his Irish roots and revealed that he would love to make a film in Ireland one day. Four years ago, the Anchorman star discovered that his family changed their name to Ferrell from Farrell when they left County Longford and arrived in America. He visited… Continue reading Will Ferrell insists he’s Irish – and he’ll drive on the left!

Romance of Ireland

Three American girls have been let loose in Ireland to explore the country and discover their Irish roots. It’s all part of the Gaelic Girls project. This is the view of the Romantic Girl. I’m from Maryland. Silver Spring, Maryland to be exact. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s Lonely Planet’s most sought after tourist… Continue reading Romance of Ireland

Why American presidents love their Irish ancestry

American presidents like John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Barack Obama may have numerous political differences but they all have one thing in common: they have all been keen to publicise their Irish ancestry. Why should they be so keen to promote their links with Ireland? Here’s an interesting article on how more… Continue reading Why American presidents love their Irish ancestry

Obama to visit Ireland and assert his Irish heritage

Much has quite rightly been made of Barack Obama being America’s first black president but he has also been keen to assert his Irish heritage. Ok, it goes a long way back but his connection to Ireland is real. His great, great, great grandfather on his mother’s side came from Moneygall in Offaly. The cynical… Continue reading Obama to visit Ireland and assert his Irish heritage

Assert your Irish heritage

Irish people living abroad have always looked for ways to assert their Irish heritage – whether it be music, culture, politics or sport. Now there’s another way for the Irish living in Britain to assert themselves … all they have to do is tick a box. How Irish are you?