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According to tradition, a wedding party should always take the longest road home from church.

Aran Island sweaters have a variety of "family weaves." These were developed because when a fisherman drowned, his sweater would often be the only thing washed up on shore. The distinctive weave would tell a family their loved one had been lost.

Achill Island is the largest island off Ireland's coast. It's 56 miles square, with dramatic landscape featuring wild cliffs and moors.

Killary Bay, on the Mayo-Galway border, is the only true fjord in Ireland. A fjord is a long, narrow inlet from the sea between high slopes.

Ireland's 15 principal railway stations are named after the leaders of the 1916 uprising.

An Fáinne is a lapel pin, worn by some fluent Irish speakers to invite others to speak to them in the traditional language.

Director John Huston filmed the New Bedford, Massachusetts scenes in his 1956 movie "Moby Dick" in Youghal, County Cork.

Famed Hollywood movie director John Ford was born Sean O'Feeney in 1894, in Spiddal, County Galway.

The scenic "Wicklow Way" is the oldest and most popular hiking route in Ireland. Stretching from the Dublin suburb of Rathfarnham in a south-westerly direction toward the village of Clonegal, in County Carlow, the 25 year old public walking route is traversed by over 20,000 people each year.

James Joyce once called Guinness stout "the wine of Ireland."

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