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The Irish Americans

In 2008 the American Community Survey found out that almost 37 Mio Americans have Irish ancestors – that means that the diaspora is almost six times higher than the Irish population itself and it is still rising.
Back in the days, immigration to the USA meant a lot of power of endurance to survive the long journey to America. It is amazing when you take a look on the people who founded, ruled and still influence the United States of America today – everyone knows their names but nobody about their origin. Among the most important American people with Irish ancestors were, for example, many presidents of the United States until now. Even Obama has some Irish ancestors, since his mother is half Irish.

New Possilibities

Nowadays, it is a lot easier for the Irish folk to emigrate to the United States than back in the days. There are several opportunities to become an American citizen – but many of them are really complex and demand a lot of preparation before being able to take the next step. Others are more simple and even guarantee the applicants further support and all permits which are needed to stay in the United States of America. With a little luck, you can for example, win a lottery and move to the country of opportunity. If you think „I want to get my greencard as soon as possible„, you will have the chance to get a full packages which enables you to stay and work overseas. BUT: unfortunately, this only applies to the inhabitants of the Republic of Ireland since the United Kingdom does not participate in that program.

Winning the lottery now sounds as if chances of winning could be rather unlikely, but winning the greencard lottery is absolutely possible since every 25th wins a ticket and already 16.000 GreenCards have been won over the last years.

So everyone who still also feels the „Irish Urge“ to try it in the land of opportunities – do not hold back and try.

Getting the chance to try something new, begin a whole new life and create a new perspective for yourself can never be wrong.


Biking in Dublin

Experiencing cities by bike is always a great way of getting to know the respective city better since you can see exactly where you are going. You will be able to see a lot more of the daily life that is going on around you and furthermore you have the freedom of just stopping everywhere you want, which isn't possible if you are going by bus or train. The possibility of being spontaneous is great, especially for tourists who can be sure to find spots of interest at every corner. And don't worry about losing time when going by bike – keep in mind the often irregular public transport, the congestion on the streets and the time you have to wait in queues for the bus, and it is safe to say that you will often arrive not only in time but even before those people in a car or in public transports, especially if you rent sportive bikes like Cube bikes. You are even going to save money since you won't have to pay for fuel, bus tickets or parking spaces.

Bikers welcome

Dublin is no exception to this rule and in fact the city is very biker-friendly. There are lots of places to see, for example the grand canal or the docks. Most times you will be able to park right outside your destination. Renting a bike is not a problem, and you have the choice what kind of bicycle you want to rent. However you should take into consideration bringing along some rain clothes since the weather in Ireland can be pretty rainy from time to time. Because of that many people prefer a mountain bike over other kinds of bikes due to the broad and resilient tire profiles which mountain bikes offer.


The History of Dublin

If you mention Ireland and someone asks you to name a city there you will no doubt say Dublin. It dates back well over 1,000 years and the earliest reference to the city is in the year 140 A.D. by Claudius Ptolemaues who was an astronomer and cartographer or Greek and Egyptian origin. The settlement was originally a city founded by the Vikings back before the Christians took over.

The Vikings actually ruled Dublin for more than three centuries. They were then expelled from the area in 902 only to return again in 917. Many battles were fought over the years which finally ended up with the Vikings leaving for the last time in 1171.

During the time of Viking rule there was a thriving slave trade taking place in and around Dublin.

In 1988 Dublin had the opportunity to celebrate its millennium using a catchy slogan that was designed to attract folks to it, that was Dublins Great in Eighty Eight. The city has been the center of power for the area since immediately following the Norman Invasion which ran from 1169 to 1171 and it was on May 15th of 1192 when the Charter of Liberties was first written. It wasnt until June 15th of the year 1229 when the citizens of the area were allowed to elect a mayor by popular vote.

In medieval times…

… the population of Dublin ranged from 5,000 to 10,000 people. This made for a very small and close knit town. These numbers were of people that actually lied inside the city and not the ones that had been expelled and forced to live outside of the confines of the city.

In the 16th and the 17th centuries the English began doing what they could to take over the Irish and Dublin was one of the many targets that were on the agenda. In the year 1650 a decree forced the Catholics to be banned from living inside of the city of Dublin. By the time the 17th century came to an end Dublin was the capitol of the Kingdom of Ireland which was English run and the Protestants became the majority party.

In the 18th Century saw many of the people born into Ireland as direct descendants of the English and this made the country more stable and made things easier to get trade started with Britain.

As the 19th Century progressed industrialization occurred and rail lines began to show up in Dublin. Still the number of unskilled laborers in Dublin was high with the brewery for Guinness and the Jameson distillery being the major sources of employment in the area.

After all of the years it was not until 1923 when Ireland became a separate state from the English and Dublin became the capitol of 26 of the 32 Irish counties. Throughout the turbulence of the later years Dublin remained rather free from the many bombings and such that the Irish Republican Army carried out. Tone of the biggest wars that has happened in the Dublin area in the late seventies and beyond has been the war on Heroin.