Ireland is a small island nation located in Western Europe, just west of the United Kingdom. Its precise location is 51.5 degrees and 55.5 degrees north latitude and 5.5 degrees and 10.5 degrees west longitude. It has an estimated population of around 4.6 million people in the south and 1.8 million people in Northern Ireland giving a total population of 6.4 million people on this beautiful island. Its capital City is Dublin, which has a population of 1.3 million people alone. The Island itself is split into two countries, containing 32 counties. In the South is the independent nation of the Republic Of Ireland with 26 counties. In the north is Northern Ireland with its 6 counties, which are part of the United Kingdom. Roman Catholic is the main religion, accounting for over 85% of the people.

For such a small country, Ireland has a large reputation and gets a huge billing across the world. Ireland is seen as the Silicon Valley of Europe, where many of the World’s largest companies have their International bases setup including Facebook, Twitter, Apple and many more. Ireland has recently been named the best place in the World to do business. Many of the country’s praises are sung in song and described in poems and many of its charms are evoked to delicious perfection by artists on canvas. Part of that is down to the Irish Diaspora, whose attachment to the land of their ancestors gets stronger with each passing generation.

The images of a vibrant green land which are often spread across the world to show what Ireland looks like, is a fair reflection of natural Ireland. Along the peninsulas of the Southwest, the brooding loneliness of Connemara and the dramatic wilderness of County Donegal. You will also find it in the Lakelands of Counties Leitrim and Roscommon and the undulating hills of the sunny south east (‘sunny’ of course being a relative term). Ireland has modernised dramatically, but some things never change. Brave the raging Atlantic on a crossing of Skellig Michael or spend a summer’s evening in the yard of a thatched-cottage pub and you’ll experience an Ireland that has changed little in generations, and is likely the Ireland you will most like to see. Ireland is of course known for its food and drink. Dairy products from the Kerry Group are exported all over the world. Also one of the world’s most famous alcoholic drinks is from Ireland and that of course is Guinness. ‘A pint of the black stuff’ will not taste as good anywhere else in the world, as it does in Ireland.

What Ireland is most famous for, is of course its people. Irish people are known worldwide for their friendly, warm and welcoming nature. They are full of wit, songs and stories that will keep people entertained for hours. So many Irish people have spread their wings and travelled to different parts of the world over the years, that virtually every country in the world has an Irish bar. Many of the presidents of the USA have some Irish heritage including the current President, Barack Obama whose great granddad hailed from Moneygall, in County Offaly. Ireland’s patron saint is St. Patrick and the 17th of March is known as St. Patrick’s day. St. Patrick’s day is not just celebrated in Ireland, but is celebrated all over the World. The largest St. Patrick’s day parade is actually held in New York city. It is said that St. Patrick chased all of the snakes from Ireland.

Many famous scholars have appeared on these shores including Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, W.B Yeats and even in recent times, Bono from U2 has become one of the most recognisable figures in the World due to his music and his dedication towards charities!

In terms of World standing and contribution, Ireland has this year been named the best Country in the World. On average, Ireland contributes more per capita to the world than any other country including Science, Technology, culture, peace, climate, prosperity, equality and Health/Well being.

Ireland is a great little country that has left its imprint all over the world. Everyone who enters the country or the presence of an Irish person, will immediately feel at ease.

What is a Paddy? Paddy is a shortened name for Patrick and is an inoffensive name for an Irish man.


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