Ireland

Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

A Norman invasion in the Middle Ages gave way to a Gaelic resurgence in the 13th century. Over sixty years of intermittent warfare in the 1500s led to English dominance after 1603. In the 1690s, a system of Protestant English rule was designed to materially disadvantage the Catholic majority and Protestant dissenters, and was extended during the 18th century. In 1801, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom. A war of independence in the early 20th century led to the partition of the island, creating the Irish Free State, which became increasingly sovereign over the following decades. Northern Ireland remained a part of the United Kingdom and saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s. This subsided following a political agreement in 1998. In 1973, both parts of Ireland joined the European Economic Community.

We would like to give you 10 good reasons why you should visit Ireland:

1. The clean fresh air of Ireland!
2. The Warmth and Friendliness of the People. It is often said that you should never forget to bring a smile to Ireland, as it will be returned a hundred times to you. 3. Ease of access to Ireland. Ireland is no longer an expensive place to get to
4. Irish Food and Drink. It’s fair to say that Ireland is not blessed with the culinary delights of France, Spain or Italy, but you have a huge selection of international dineries in most large towns
5. Stunning Irish Scenery. If its stunning views and scenic drives you are looking for, then you are spoilt for choice in Ireland. From the Giants Causeway in County Antrim to the Cliffs of Moher to Connemara and the Lakes of Killarney there is so much to see and do in Ireland.
6. Festivals in Ireland. Nobody enjoys a party better than the Irish! The St.Patrick’s Day Festival in Ireland is a stunning annual event, and most towns and cities have their own Festival that commemorates Ireland’s patron Saint.
7. Ireland’s History and Strong Heritage. Ireland has a wide and varied heritage.
8. Sports and Leisure. It is estimated that Ireland has the highest golf course per capita in Europe.
9. Culture – Irish Music and Dance.  Wherever you are in Ireland, traditional foot tapping music will be played at informal sessions in original Irish pubs.
10. Modern Cities. Another reason to plan a visit to Ireland for a vacation is its modern cities. Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick are all home to stylish shopping malls and boutiques, chic nightclubs, tourist attractions and excellent restaurants.