As if you needed more reasons, here are ten really good ones.
1. Ireland named top tourist destination by Global Traveler Magazine!
Ireland has been named the best tourism destination for the second year in a row by the US Global Traveler magazine. 22,000 readers took part in the poll. It is the 10th year of the awards which recognize the most outstanding destinations, airlines and hotels.
2. We've got Monuments older than the Pyramids of Egypt!
No really, it's true! The passage tombs at Newgrange were built around 3200BC making them about 1000 years older than the pyramids of Egypt. You can visit the tombs today and walk right into the centre where every year on the winter solstice a beam of light illuminates the passage. However this is only one of our great monuments, there are many more to be found. Learn more:
3. We've got a Traditional Music Culture second to none!
Irish traditional music has survived more strongly against the forces of mass media than the folk music of most other European countries. Now this is something that we are very proud of! So much so, that this year, there are some great traditional music tours that are different from what you might have found in the past.
4. In 2014, you can follow your team to Ireland!
Of course, travelers to Ireland love to watch hurling, gaelic football, rugby, soccer, and Aussie rules football, but Americans can also see their own teams this year. If you support Penn State or UCF, 2014 is the year to come to Ireland! On the 30th of August the two teams play against each other in Dublin's Croke Park Stadium.
5. In 2014 you can Knit your way around Ireland!
Knitting tours include knitting workshops, demonstrations with authentic craftspeople and wonderful sightseeing.
6. 2014 is the Millennium Anniversary of the death of Brian Boru
Brian Boru was a Great Leader and a fearless warrior which was proven from his many battle achievements throughout his life. He was crowned High King of Ireland at the Rock of Cashel in the year 990. Boru fought the Vikings constantly throughout his life until they were defeated at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
7. Castles, Castles, Castles! Need we say more?From derelict ruins in daisy strewn meadows, to majestic masterpieces restored to their former glory. Ireland has hundreds of Castles for your clients to enjoy! Castles to explore, castles to admire and castles to stay in....
8. In 2014 your clients can learn more about our unique religious heritage
In 2014 there will be a number of Catholic Pilgrimage tours. You don't need to be with a church or faith group to join a Pilgrimage tour of Ireland. The tours take in Ireland's most historic Pilgrimage sites from Glendalough in the East, Our Ladies Island in the South-East, Knock Shrine in Mayo and Clonmacnoise in the midlands.
9. We've got a landscape like no other!
You've heard the phrase '40 shades of Green right? We do have our fair share of green! But that's not all.... In Ireland you will find glimmering lakes, unspoilt beaches and winding rivers. We have spectacular waterfalls, a rocky landscape that looks a bit like the moon (pictured) and majestic mountains offering amazing views. Did you know that the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland inspired C.S. Lewis to write Narnia?
10. We are a pretty friendly bunch!
As the Obamas and Britain's Queen Elizabeth can testify, Irish people are still considered to be among the friendliest in the world. A major survey by US tourist magazine Conde Nast Traveller has placed Kilkenny, Cork, and Dublin in its top 20 most welcoming city destinations on the planet!
Contact your local travel agent and book your Ireland tour today!