Northern Ireland is a beautiful country that I think most people overlook due to its troubled past. I therefore wanted to list 100 things that I love about my country that hopefully, will make you fall in love with it too...
#11 Belfast Zoo
Belfast Zoo is the only zoo in Northern Ireland which is located on top of a hill which gives the animals a tranquil living environment due to being away from traffic and noise. Belfast Zoo has a range of animals with the majority of them being saved from death in the wild. They include, elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins, red pandas, sloths, prairie dogs, meerkats and lots of exotic birds and reptiles too. Lily the Lion (above) was born in Belfast Zoo in 2007 and was the first lion ever to be born in the entire island of Ireland.
The Bushmills Distillery is the oldest whisky distillery in the world and is quite a popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.
The popular television series known as Game of Thrones had many Northern Ireland filming locations such as Ballintoy Harbour for the Pyke port in the Iron Islands and Castle Ward for Winterfell plus many more.
#14 Liam Neeson
Liam Nesson was born in a town called Ballymena and was named after his local priest. He is a famous actor with starring roles in Schindler's List, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, The Clash of the Titans, The Grey and Taken.
The caves are found in County Fermanagh where you can explore a section of them in 75 minutes. The first part you explore via a boat and the second part is done on foot. Near the end of the caves you pass through what is known as the Moses Walk as the water is on either side of the wall.
#16 Belfast Waterfront Hall
A place to see various performances either by comedians, musicians or even just to watch a movie. It caters for everyone.
#17 Mussenden Temple
Mussenden Temple is located on the edge of cliffs in County Londonderry and looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and Downhill Beach below. It was intended as a library and was built in 1785 in memory of the Bishop of Derry's cousin, Frideswide Mussenden. It has an inscription which reads "Tis pleasant, safely to behold from shore. The rolling ship, and hear the tempest roar."
#18 No Dangerous Wildlife
In Northern Ireland, we don't have large or dangerous beasts roaming the wilderness. Our largest animals: bulls, cows and horses are all domesticated and are found in farmland. We don't have monkeys or tigers roaming our forests or snakes, moose or bears. I think we did have wolves but they were hunted to extinction here hundreds of years ago unfortunately. So if you ever get stranded in a forest over here, don't panic. The only thing out there would be badgers and foxes and possibly deer and they'd be more afraid of you and would scarper rather than attack you.
#19 Ulster Fry
A traditional Ulster Fry consists of bacon, eggs, sausages, soda bread and potato bread. Other things like mushrooms, beans, tomato and white or black pudding can be added to it but it won't be classed as a traditional Ulster Fry.
Belsonic is an outdoor music festival that happens every year in Belfast. Acts that have performed at it include: Biffy Clyro, Paramore, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Stereophonics, Dizzee Rascal, David Guetta, Elbow, 30 Seconds to Mars and many more.
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