The Best of Ireland

5 Known Irish Whiskey Facts

1. At one point in time Irish whiskey was the most popular spirit in the world. In 1779, there were 1,228 registered distilleries in Ireland – though this was slashed after an Act of Parliament was introduced to reform how the taxes payable on whiskey production were calculated. As a result, by 1790, this number had fallen to 246, and by 1821, there were just 32 licensed distilleries in operation

2. At one point in time Irish whiskey was the most popular spirit in the world. In 1779, there were 1,228 registered distilleries in Ireland – though this was slashed after an Act of Parliament was introduced to reform how the taxes payable on whiskey production were calculated. As a result, by 1790, this number had fallen to 246, and by 1821, there were just 32 licensed distilleries in operation

3. In 1823 Dublin was home to the five largest licensed distilleries in Ireland. At their peak, the distilleries in Dublin were the largest in the world, with a combined output of almost 10 million gallons per year.

4. Jameson’s Midleton Distillery first opened with a whopping 31,618-gallon pot still, which remains in situ within the historic distillery, and can be viewed as part of the tour at the Jameson Experience Midleton. The new stills at Midleton are currently the largest operational pot stills in the world.

5. In June 1875, rivers of burning whiskey flowed through the streets of Dublin like lava after a bonded whiskey warehouse in the Liberties caught fire. The Great Dublin Whiskey Fire took the lives of 13 people, and 1,900 barrels of whiskey, were lost to the blaze.

Brush up on your knowledge of Ireland

• Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, this is because of its lush greenery and rolling hills. The country receives a lot of rain each year, which keeps the grass green and the plants blooming.
• Northern Ireland is governed by the United Kingdom, while the rest of Ireland is an independent nation
• Ireland is known throughout the world for its vast number of castles. Ireland’s history is dotted with wars and violence, so castles were built to protect families from invaders. Today, most of the castles are still standing and some can even be visited by tourists.

Saint Patrick and his Snakes
• We all know the legend of Saint Patrick: slave-turned-saint sees God on Slemish Mountain in County Antrim and banishes the snakes from Ireland. Or did he?
According to scientists, it was the Ice Age and not divine intervention that rid the island of these cold-blooded serpents. The real likelihood is that snakes were symbolic of Patrick divesting Ireland of pagan rituals and beliefs. When it comes to St Patrick, we're not short of a legend or two. In Clonmel, County Tipperary, seek out St Patrick's Well. Filled with water, it apparently NEVER freezes over! But that's another story.

• Dingle as a small town is wonderful enough, and a great base for seeing the region – but to top it all off, it's also got a celebrity dolphin. For real.
• Star Wars was filmed on Skellig Michael. Just look how cool it is…As if this coast wasn't amazing enough, true Star Wars fans have an even bigger reason to come here now.

The Wild Atlantic Way - Recently the setting for a Top Gear episode, it's easy to see why this is fast becoming one of the must-drive roads in the world.
• The hedges in Ballymoney, Co Antrim – best known for their appearance in Game Of Thrones.

• Believe it or not The Northern Lights can occasionally be seen up in the tip-top of the country

Speak like a native

Before you come to Ireland you need to learn the lingo…

Hiya/Howya Hello

How’s it going

How are you/Hi

Craic Fun, Gossip, Going on’s
Deadly

Brilliant, Fantastic, Great

Donkey’s years For a very very long time

Dosser

Someone not working or is messing about, up to no good
Eat the head off To give out to someone
Eejit Complete fool, doing something silly
Fair play! Well done!
Gas Hilarious
Knackered Exhausted, Tired

The bars we know and love

Where we like to drink
What kind of hosts would we be if we didn’t share some of our favorite bars in Ireland…
As you all know we love our drink and more, so we love our whiskey, so this list could go on forever, but we’ve whittled it down to five for each section.

Dublin

Cools bars to visit with your mates

Our beloved Cocktail Bars

Whiskey Bars

Black Bird

Bow Lane

The Secret Whiskey Bar @ The Market Bar

P Macs

Blind Pig

37 Dawson Street

No Name Bar

Chelsea Drugstore

The Long Hall

The Square Ball

Idlewild

The Temple Bar

The Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion

Doheny & Nesbitt

Cork
Cools bars to visit with your mates Our beloved Cocktail Bars Whiskey Bars

Oliver Plunket

SoHo

Bodega

Crane Lane

Brick Lane

The Oval

Mutton Lane

Arthur Maynes

Canty’s

Vicarstown Inn

Brick Lane

The Mutton Lane

Arthur Maynes

Counhians