Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 11: Ireland's Sports, Outdoors and Sense of Humor

A sporting nation…

Irish people are very passionate about Gaelic games – football, hurling, handball and camogie. Rugby and soccer are also very well supported in Ireland. Golfing stars from the island include former World Number One Rory McIlroy and U.S. PGA champion Padraig Harrington. Among Ireland’s athletic stars are Dervla O’Rourke, and Katie Taylor is an international boxing champion.

The great outdoors…

The Cavan Way, The Dingle Way and the Kerry Way are just some of the country’s scenic walking routes that offer a great opportunity to sample Ireland’s breathtaking countryside.

Sense of humour…

There’s nothing like the Irish sense of humour, wit and play with words. Have a look at the below examples:
“not backwards in coming forwards” – means a person is not shy.
“no flies on him” – means a person is not easily deceived.
“she has a tongue that would clip a hedge” – means a person who gossips.
“come for a day and stay for a week” – means someone outstaying their welcome.
Just a few facts to ponder over – for a small island we certainly have a lot going for us!

Read more: 20 Interesting and Fun Facts about Ireland - GoIreland

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