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Here under Ireland, you will find travel information classified by city or county of Ireland, as well as general information.
Ireland (Éire in Irish) is the third-largest island in Europe. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of the Anglo-Irish (or Anglo-Celtic) archipelago. It is composed of the Republic of Ireland which covers five sixths of the island (south, east, west and north-west) and Northern Ireland, currently a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the northeastern sixth of the island.
The island of Ireland is 300 miles/450 km long and 190 miles/300 km wide and covers approximately 32,600 sq. miles/84,500 sq. km. Ireland is divided into four provinces - Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught and into 32 counties. The Republic of Ireland consists of 26 counties and Northern Ireland consists of 6 counties.
The regional diversity of Ireland and it's exceptional history and culture have left a legacy of monuments , settlements and buildings that provide the visitor with a great day out. There are hundreds of exciting things to do and places to see in every region of Ireland.
Indeed, Ireland has recently slipped quietly into a new role as a must-visit destination for food lovers from all over the world. No matter what the style of cooking is, the basic building blocks are the excellent ingredients for which Ireland also has a growing reputation. Irish meals are usually based around meat - in particular, beef, lamb and pork chops. Irish breads and scones are also delicious, and other traditional dishes include bacon and cabbage, a cake-like bread called barm brack and a filled pancake called a boxty. The main meal of the day tends to be lunch, although black gold (Guinness) can be a meal in itself.
Moreover, for a comparatively small country, Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature in all its branches, mainly in English. Poetry in Irish represents the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe with the earliest examples dating from the 6th century.
In more recent times, Ireland has produced four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. Although not a Nobel Prize winner, James Joyce is widely considered one of the most significant writers of the 20th century.
The Irish tradition of folk music and dance is also widely known. In the middle years of the 20th century, as Irish society was attempting to modernise, traditional music tended to fall out of favour, especially in urban areas. During the 1960s, and inspired by the American folk music movement, there was a revival of interest in the Irish tradition. This revival was led by such groups as The Dubliners, The Chieftains, the Clancy Brothers and Sweeney's
Finally, you will never meet more gregarious and welcoming people and will never forget your trip to Ireland.
Full country name: Éire (Republic of Ireland)
Area: 69,000 sq km
Population: 3.96 million
Capital City: Dublin
Language: English, Gaelic
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, 3.4% Protestant
Head of State: President (Republic)
Head of Government: Prime Minister (Republic)
GDP: US$113.7 billion
GDP per capita: US$29,300
Annual Growth: 4.3%
Major Industries: Computer software, information technology, food products, brewing, textiles, clothing, pharmaceuticals, tourism
Major Trading Partners: EU (esp. UK, Germany, France, Netherlands), US
Member of EU: Yes
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