Ireland offers hundreds of exciting things to do and places to see in every region of Ireland, whether you want to play a round of golf on one of Irelands world-renowned courses, fish in Irelands plentiful waters or walk the hills and mountains. Irelands National Parks are home to some of the most unique and spectacular scenery in the county while wild boglands occur in mountain and lowland areas and are one of the most distinctive natural habitats in the country.
The earliest recorded settlements on the location known as Ireland today were Celtic Tribes (600 150 BC). Norseman invasions began in 8th century and ended in 1014 when King Brian Boru defeated the Danes. English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare, which, in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties of Ireland. Six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the United Commonwealth Kingdom (Northern Ireland); it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, known as the Good Friday Agreement and approved in 1998, is being implemented with some difficulties. Ireland has played an active role in the United Nations since its membership in 1955, mainly in its contribution to peacekeeping missions around the world and its support for UN agencies concerned with development and human rights. Ireland is a small, modern, trade-dependent economy with growth averaging a healthy 8% in 1995-2002.
Capital of Ireland, Dublin, is a cosmopolitan, bustling city, which literally buzzes with energy and excitement, and a cultural centre with selection of fine museums, art galleries and theatres, not to mention the architecture, from mediaeval and Georgian to more modern buildings. Dublin is home to a great literary tradition, its native sons include Shaw, Yeats, Wilde, Joyce and Beckett. ... Book your short break to Dublin
The Midlands is a truly beautiful region of Ireland that offers some of Ireland's finest golf courses, historical monuments, walking trips through the stunning countryside and breathtaking lakes and rivers. Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland's oldest Christian settlements on the banks of the Shannon, founded in the sixth century.
The North West's landscape offers a striking mixture of coastal beauty, ramblings hills, mountains and lovely lakes. It is the birthplace of one of Ireland's greatest poets, W.B. Yeats. You can visit the Yeats building and also visit his grave at Drumcliff churchyard. Ireland s North West offers top class accommodation and restaurants and impressive facilities for golfing, angling, equestrian, hiking, biking, cruising and water sports.
The Shannon Region is a place of great beauty, embracing the counties of Clare, North Kerry, Limerick, South Offaly and North Tipperary and is bordered by the dramatic Atlantic coastline, where you can enjoy cliffs, golden beaches and quiet coves along Europe's most westerly shores with plenty of activities. Limerick City is the historic capital of the region. Burren in North Clare and idyllic waters of Shannon's Lough Derg - Ireland's pleasure lake, are fascinating.
The South East of Ireland is said to be the sunniest spot on the island and is home to Waterford of Waterford Crystal fame, the lively and surprising town of Kilkenny,with its mediaeval castle and monastery and Dungarvan with its glacial mountains overlooking the sea.! The forests, farmland, hills and rivers provide the perfect place to relax and the region provides top class facilities for golfing, fishing and horse riding.
The County of Cork shares with Kerry the southwestern corner of Ireland is washed by the warm Gulf Stream and the mild moist southerly winds, palm trees and bamboo flourish. It offers over 100 heritage and cultural sites of significance covering many diverse aspects of Ireland's past. Cork City, the European Capital of Culture 2005, is alive with the cultural richness of a truly modern city.
The West of Ireland is warm, wild and dominated by water, and is a particularly beautiful part of Ireland. It is a land of history and heritage, of character and charm with landscapes to capture your heart.
The National Flag is a tricolour of green, white and orange. The green represents the older Gaelic and Anglo-Norman element in the population, the orange the Protestant supporters of William of Orange, while the white represents a lasting peace between the two traditions.