An island country oozing with raw beauty and extraordinary landscapes, Ireland is a stunning European destination located in the Atlantic Ocean. Also referred to as the Republic of Ireland, the country occupies most of the island, apart from six counties located on the northern section that make up Northern Ireland, a part of United Kingdom. Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland.
Before the English set foot on Irish territory, Ireland was inhabited by the Celts around 600-150 BC, who were later invaded by the Vikings during the 8th century. Disputes between the Celtic tribes and Vikings continued for decades until an Act of Union in 1801 that made Great Britain and Ireland the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”. However, discord between the Irish and English continued and led to the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921), with ultimately the Irish Free State being established in 1922. The Irish Free State was given full sovereignty within the commonwealth in 1937. However, in 1949, it dissolved from the commonwealth and became an independent republic. Today, Ireland is a constitutional republic. It has a parliament whereby the head of state is the President.
Though Irish is the official language of the country, English remains the language spoken by the majority. The major religion in Ireland is Roman Catholic (84%), while the remainder is a mix of Jewish, Islamic and Protestant minorities. The climate in Ireland is relatively temperate with warm summers and cool winters.Ireland has contributed a lot to the rest of the world, in terms of Irish Literature, theatre, Irish music, medieval architecture, the tasty Irish cuisine and of course, the popular beverages and alcoholic drinks.
An island country oozing with raw beauty and extraordinary landscapes, Ireland is a stunning European destination located in the Atlantic Ocean. Also referred to as the ...