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Life and living: Luck of the Irish

Whether you travel abroad or domestically, follow the rainbow to these Irish-inspired destinations and you may find yourself blessed with the luck of the Irish...and that elusive pot of gold.

Boston, Massachusetts

Along Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, tourists can walk in the footsteps of Irish immigrants and their descendants. Take a self-guided tour and learn about Irish-American politicians, poets, veterans and sculptors as you explore Boston’s rich history.

Syracuse, New York

Located on the west side of Syracuse, the Tipperary Hill Neighborhood is home to Irish pubs, restaurants and bars, showcasing its Irish roots. Also known as Tipp Hill, this area is family friendly with picnic areas, athletic fields and even the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The City of Brotherly Love boasts its own rich Irish history. From Old St. Mary’s Church and the Irish Memorial to the Rosenbach Museum and the Commodore John Barry Club, you’re sure to learn the impact that Irish settlers made in Philadelphia.

Chicago, Illinois

Like the green Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day, Irish culture flows strongly throughout the city. Attend the annual “Irish in Parade,” a 10-day event featuring Irish music and dance. Tour the Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and close the day with a pint (or two) from Shinnick’s Pub.

Dublin, Ohio

This Midwestern city that shares a name with the capital of Ireland is a must-visit for Irish-inspired activities. Stop by the three-day Dublin Irish Festival, featuring seven stages of performances by internationally acclaimed Irish musicians and dancers. And make your way through the food and bar scene for some fine scotch and shepherd’s pie.

Dublin, Ireland

For the most realistic Irish experience, the city of Dublin, Ireland, is as real as it gets. Venture down cobblestone streets and tour Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, or the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Head to the Temple Bar district for live music and scrumptious eateries—and be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse for a behind-the-scenes look at a working brewery and to enjoy a freshly poured pint.

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