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Dublin and Beyond

When it comes to lists of places where people have always wanted to visit, the island of Ireland is frequently mentioned.  Now you have opportunity to participate in another great Quality in Endoscopy symposium and cross a must see destination off your list.

With beautiful countryside, rugged coastline and lively cities, Ireland has it all in one compact island.  It is easy to explore and regardless of your interests, you will find something to spark your interest.  Why not book a couple of extra days and see what Ireland has to offer – you won’t be disappointed!

Foto courtesy of @storytravelers

Want to meet a giant?

Head north to the Giant’s Causeway and learn about the mythology, history and geology of the UNESCO World Heritage site.  Or if you find it difficult to believe that the stunning rock formations are naturally occurring, you could learn about the alternative theory which suggests the giant’s causeway was made by an Irish giant called Finn McCool and Benandonner, a Scottish Giant.  It is difficult to say which is more accurate.

Older than the pyramids

Newgrange in County Meath is one of the most important prehistoric Neolithic sites in Europe.  Older than both Stonehenge and the great pyramids of Egypt, this UNESCO World Heritage site demonstrates prehistoric understanding of astronomy and science.

Foto courtesy of @storytravelers

Game of Thrones

the Dothraki Grasslands
Did you know that a lot of this series was filmed in Northern Ireland?  Head north to visit locations including: the King’s Road, the Dothraki Grasslands, The Iron Islands and of course Winterfell!

StarWars


Following the Wild Atlantic Way is a fantastic trip for many reasons full of adventure, breath taking scenery and culture.  But for many the high point will be Skellig Michael which is at the heart of Irish legends, was visited by Vikings and of course is where Luke Skywalker was hiding out during Episode VIII.

Toe tapping rhythm

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Do you know a Bodhrán from Uilleann pipes? Can you differentiate a reel from a hornpipe? Music plays an important role in Irish culture and it is not too hard to find as many pubs will feature traditional music groups – just follow your ears.

Not for the faint hearted


The magnificent Cliffs of Moher stand 214m tall at their highest point and stretch for 8km. A great place to stretch your legs, bird watch and take in the sea air. Just don’t look down!

The gift of the gab

Blarney castle
The Irish are well known for their storytelling and their love of chatting. It is said that if you make the trip to Blarney castle and kiss “the blarney stone” that you too will be granted “the gift of the gab” – it is always good to work on your public speaking skills!