Video: The Beauty of Ireland

March 17th, 2010 by Smithsonian Journeys

The Aran Islands, highlighted here in Skyview: The Emerald Isle from the Smithsonian Channel, are a group of three islands off the western coast of Ireland. Known for their traditional Irish culture, geography, and isolation, the islands have created a society unique to the rest of Ireland.

First, their isolation from the mainland forces them to be heavily dependent on subsistence farming and fishing. They do not receive print or electronic media as the rest of Ireland does, and instead rely on oral tradition to receive their news. They also entertain themselves through storytelling and song since there is not a constant influx of culture from the rest of Western Europe. Finally, the weather patterns in this region are known for being rough in the Galway Bay area and communities have adapted to these conditions while creating their own well known Aran Island sweaters. The result is a people with a strong ethnic identity and a love for tradition.

Would you prefer living on one of the Aran Islands or in Dublin? Share below.

See the Aran Islands for yourself on our Enchanting Ireland: A Tour of the Emerald Isle and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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2 Responses to “Video: The Beauty of Ireland”

  1. Brent Says:

    I remember seeing the islands after we left the Cliffs of Moher. Very interesting video..makes me want to go back.

  2. MissMaureeng Says:

    Having stepped off the boat onto the main island almost 10 years ago, I can agree that it is another world. From the hustle and bustle of European Dublin, Aran is a strong contrast. Quite, remote, and full of lovely finds are the islands. Instead of green, I am wearing my heavy wool hand-knit Aran sweater to show my Irish pride. I am reminded that there they celebrate the religious holiday, and not so much the green beer festivities. Thanks for the great post!

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