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Overview

It is said that it is impossible to exaggerate the warmth of the welcome awaiting you in Ireland and, for once, the 'blarney' rings true. For all the magic of the Emerald Isle's scenic splendour, its ancient history and its folklore of leprechauns, fairies and banshees, it is the Irish charm and hospitality that you will remember most fondly from a travel to Ireland.

One of Europe's most lightly populated countries, Ireland is also the least industrialized and certainly the least spoiled. Sadly, it probably also has the most tragic histories in all of Europe.

That history isn't difficult to trace, from Stone Age tombs, ring forts, ancient castles and monasteries, to grand homes and elegant 18th and 19th century Georgian architecture. The tragic part of their history is also evident, starting with the destruction created by the Vikings in the 9th century and onwards, still visible in the ruins of formerly great monasteries. Since the arrival of the English in the 12th century, it was a history of repression and rebellion. Cromwell's tour of Ireland in 1649 is still recalled with a degree of horror, and the Irish population has taken all these centuries to recover from the mass starvation and resulting mass emigration from the Potato Famine in the mid 1800s. The 20th century was no less tumultuous, with the Troubles continuing in Northern Ireland, even continuing to some degree today.

In the eighties, Irish people were still leaving the country in search of jobs, their economy a disaster and their spirits low. Their years of isolation and their bitter conflict in the north only added fuel to their national dissatisfaction. Yet, in the middle of all the gloominess, a few people started thinking about the new economy, about high tech industries, and seemingly overnight, Ireland started booming. The little island so clichéd with shamrocks, leprechauns, emerald fields and fairies was now the Celtic Tiger, busting out of its slump into the new millennium as a high tech utopia, attracting big companies clamoring to relocate there. Around the world, Irish citizens, scattered across all continents, began coming home. With the recent economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, Ireland has been hit again, badly. Only time will tell how things will turn out this time.

Still, the beauty of the island is still there as green and romantic as ever. The country is scenically extravagant with its mountains, lakes, and its ever-changing dramatic sky. Remember this is a country where it rains every single day but also has glorious sunshine every day too. Just because it's raining when you wake up, don't think it will stay that way all day, and likewise, just because it's sunny when you wake up, take your umbrella for the shower sure to come later on.

Travel to Shannon region of Ireland with beautiful landscapes and important attractions including Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and Hunt Museum in Limerick wich houses one of Ireland's most important art collections.

As for the culture, this little land has produced far more than its fair share of it: Yeats, Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, U2. The list is endless.

Read as much about Ireland before you go as you can so you're sure to appreciate its riches. Then have a Guinness as your dream of Ireland's west coast where every village has a pub and every pub has musicians that will break your heart when you hear them sing.

Southern Ireland

Dublin, IrelandDublin with plenty to captivate all its visitors, is a compact, thriving and truly cosmopolitan city that's steeped in culture. Everyone who visits remembers the legendary craic and the exuberance of the people. But you should also take time to explore the streets of this safe and vibrant city with world-class attractions and a family friendly atmosphere.

Connemara and Leam offer outstandingly beautiful and varied seascapes, rivers, loughs, mountains and woodland with a host of leisure activities from pony-trekking to medieval banquets.

Waterville lies in the west of the Ring of Kerry close to Ballinskelligs Bay. Game, salmon and trout fishing are all available nearby, as is a championship 18-hole Golf Course. Picturesque Barna is just 5 km from Galway Town in an area of stunning natural beauty.

Situated on Killiney Hill, the town of Killiney provides the best of town and country, with splendid views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. Knocktopher is a tranquil village between Kilkenny and Waterford with opportunities for hunting, fishing and golf in the surrounding countryside.


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