The story of The Emerald Isle and 10 breathtaking photos of Ireland

You may have heard about the Emerald Isle before, but do you know how did the term begin to be associated with Ireland?

Ireland’s resplendent greenery certainly had a lot to do with it, but there’s more to the story and it starts with a Belfast-born poet. His name was William Drennan and it was his poem “When Erin First Rose” that started it.

Alas! for poor Erin that some are still seen,

Who would dye the grass red from their hatred to green;

Yet, oh! when you’re up, and they’re down, let them live,

Then yield them that mercy which they would not give.

Arm of Erin, be strong! but be gentle as brave;

And uplifted to strike, be still ready to save;

Let no feeling of vengeance presume to defile

The cause of, or men of, the Emerald Isle.

I have picked some wonderful pictures of the Irish scenery that do more than prove that Ireland deserves to be called the Emerald Isle.

10. Cliffs of Moher

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Photo credit goes to @mar_cnu

9. The Mournes, Northern Ireland

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Photo credit goes to @RosscoMurph

8. Bluebell Forest

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Photo credit goes to @cmeehan509

7. Tramore, Waterford

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Photo credit goes to @nyl2k8

6. Limerick, Ireland

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Photo credit goes to @Salai207

5. Coole Park

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Photo credit goes to @mjconns

4. Glendalough Lake

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Photo credit goes to @StealthyPingu

3. Cuchulainn’s stone

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Photo credit goes to @Mondegreenies

2. Gap of Dunloe

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Photo credit goes to @BuckyStudios

1. Slieve League Cliffs

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Photo credit goes to @howsyourgoldfish


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