A Full Irish is no joke. When you’ve got a long day ahead of you, start the day with a Full Irish and you’ll be good and satiated until dusk. The main component of this renowned meal is a fry-up – meat, eggs, pudding, bread, and vegetables all sautéed in a generous bath of creamy butter. Add to that some toast, tea, juice, and jam and you’ve got yourself a Full Irish. Here’s to eyes in your head and none in your spuds!
It would be too obvious to mention Ireland’s most famous dark stout, brewed in Dublin since 1759. But the truth is, Guinness has been an iconic and important part of the Emerald Isle’s history for more than 250 years. Touring the Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate Brewery will give you more than just a taste of its production. Known as a “city within a city,” the brewery employed thousands of Irish workers and offered free medical care, paid holidays, and was even one of the first to start a pension program. Employees received free meals, one free Guinness daily, and a burial allowance.
Gain new insight into Ireland’s turbulent history and its struggle for independence with a trip to Kilmainham Gaol. Within its walls, more than 150,000 tragic and brave figures from the Irish War of Independence, Easter Rising, and even the Great Famine were imprisoned and tortured. Today’s largest unoccupied prison in Europe closed its doors to prisoners in 1924 but remains a monument of Irish nationalism.