To keep in the Poland-Ukraine 2012 spirit, I’ll focus on a different country playing in the tournament each day during the month of June; looking not so much at the national football team but more about travel to and visiting the country itself.
Today’s spotlight is on The Republic of Ireland.
Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle because of the powerful greenness of its countryside.
Sadly, many of us – myself included – are guilty of spending too much time in Dublin.
The Island of Ireland
Ireland is a part of the British Isles geographically. Politically, the island is divided into Northern Ireland, a constituent part of the United Kingdom; and the idependent state of Ireland (Éire, in Irish)..
The Republic of Ireland
The term ‘Republic of Ireland’ is a description of the State of Ireland (Éire – Ireland), as outlined in the Republic of Ireland Act 1948; often used to distinguish the state from the island of Ireland as a whole.
The Irish state makes up 26 of the 32 traditional counties of the island of Ireland; including part of the province of Ulster.
Northern Ireland is the remaining six counties of Ulster, in the north-eastern part of the island.
Ruled by England for more than 400 years, the Republic gained independence in 1922, after a long and violent struggle.
Ireland is a land of mountains, lakes, and rolling farmland, with an ancient history and world-famous literary tradition.
Scenic attractions include the romantic Lakes of Killarney; the lush Wicklow Mountains; and the Cliffs of Moher, that rise from the sea in a five-mile wall.
Many Americans – presidents included – like to visit Ireland to ‘trace their Irish roots’.
U.S. Presidents with Irish Roots:
Over half the presidents in U.S. history claim Irish ancestry of some kind.
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