Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth. There are 4 provinces and 32 counties.

Dublin is the biggest city with 1.2 million of the 4.5 million total population aprox. Ireland has a very young population compared to many other European countries and the population is increasing each year. Race is primarily Caucasian. There is greater diversity in the population due to European Union rules which allow free movement of labour. The dominant religion is
Catholicism (85%) followed by Protestantism. However diversity is increasing with (for example) the Muslim population growing tenfold in the last 20 years.

Weather– rain can be expected at any time of year, though there also is much bright weather. In the summer daylight lasts until after 10pm.


Music and the Arts

Irish music and dance are very unique and feature specific instruments. Irish traditional music and Irishdance are known
for there lively upbeat tempo. Riverdance introduced Irish dance to the rest of the world.

Irish literature, a rich tradition.

The literature andartwork from the Book of Kells (viewable in Trinity College Dublin) drafted in the 7th century, is world
renowned. Ireland is also celebrated for its writter and their contribution of poetry, plays and novels.

Here a sample of Irish writers and their most outstanding masterpieces: James Joyce (Ulysses), Oscar Wild (The picture of Dorian Gray), William Butler Yeats (famous poem Lake Isle of Innisfree), Maeve Binchy (Circle of Friends) and Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot).