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Fast Facts on Ireland



Sep 10, 2012


Fast Facts on Ireland


Ireland is a country of green hills, castles and majestic fields.

1)   The MV Explorer traveled 2,192 nautical miles across the Atlantic to reach Ireland.

2)   The Cliffs of Moher are located along the Atlantic coast in western Ireland, near Galway, our first port. Over 1 million people visit the Cliffs of Moher each year for what is said to be the best views of the Atlantic in all of Ireland.

3)   The potato famine of 1846 caused more than 1 million deaths. Nearly 1 million crossed the Atlantic Ocean in small wooden boats to immigrate to the United States. In total, over 1.5 million people emigrated to the U.S., Australia and parts of Europe during the famine.

4)   The most northern point of Ireland is Inishtrahull Island, situated in the Atlantic ocean, north of the county of Donegal.

Western Ireland is full of man-made stone walls like this. They were used primarily to divide plots of land.


5)   The sea cliffs at Croaghaun, Achill Island off western Ireland fall 2,192 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Slieve League in county Donegal also has a drop of 601 metres (1,972 feet) into the Atlantic. Both cliffs are almost twice the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

6)   Dublin is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities, about 300 miles long and 150 wide. It also receives the least amount of rainfall per year when compared to other Irish cities.

7)   About half a million people a year go to see the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin.

8)   The Euro replaced the Irish Pound (or “punt”) in the Republic of Ireland as of February 2002.

9)   Legend says: if you kiss the blarney stone you can acquire the gift of eloquence.

10)  Newgrange is an all-natural stone age site predating the pyramids of Egypt.






One Comment

  1. Taya Battelle
    September 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Dear Kelly,

    I rally enjoyed reading your update about Ireland – what a beautiful country! Wish we were there. Our son is currently on the Explorer and it sounds like he loves the program very much. Since you have lived in South America I am wondering if you know wether it makes sense for parents to visit Manaus, Brazil, later in November while the Explorer is there. I would love to go and hang out with our son, even for a couple of days. Do you know if the ship will stay in Manaus or will sail farther on the Amazon?

    I woudl greatly appreciate any details. Many thanks!
    Enjoy the trip,
    Taya Battelle

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