The Republic of Ireland is a small country with a big heart, and consists of 26 counties and 4.2 million people. It is comprised of spectacular scenery of rivers and loughs, rugged rocky mountains, jagged headlands and stupendous cliffs, world class beaches, country villages and bustling cities, and home to thousands of historic sites, and many original and unique Festivals!! It is one of the ultimate holiday destinations, steeped in history, and with a lively culture, the country draws the best out of the visitor, who finds themselves surrounded by friendly, caring people, willing to chat, and sing, and share a few quiet moments!! With the traditional Irish music drawing you into the numerous pubs in every town and village, and with some of the world’s finest beverages to imbibe, your appreciation of a different way of life will inspire you!!
Often called the Emerald Isle, Ireland has a temperate climate with the weather in the west being influenced by the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream within the Atlantic Ocean. Having a consistent rainfall, the country glows with fertility, from lush farmlands in picturesque rolling countryside, to bog covered, wind blown mountain ranges, cut by silvery streams and rivers, which ultimately fill serene, island dotted loughs, many of which make ideal destinations for the avid fisherman.
Historically, the country traces its history back 9000 years through many of the Neolithic stone sites, early Christian Churches and Monasteries, Anglo-Norman ruins and Medieval Castles that cover the country. Today, Dublin is the capital of the Republic, and is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, and the third most visited, after London and Paris!! It is a cosmopolitan, bustling metropolis, which retains the essential elements of Irish culture, and is a great place to begin any holiday in Ireland!!
Some of the many places to visit.
Lakes of Killarney.
Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
Guinness Brewery, Dublin.
Ring of Kerry.
Trinity College, and the Book of Kells, Dublin.
House of Waterford Crystal.
Youghal and the beaches.
Donegal Atlantic coastline and the Slieve League Cliffs.
Corlea Iron Age Trackway and the visitors centre.
Lisdoonvarna, for the Matchmaker Festival.
Tralee, for the Rose of Tralee Festival.