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Ireland

Ireland is a small island – a place rich in history and culture, full of natural beauty and friendly, welcoming people.  

Ireland is the home of Gaelic football and hurling, and a great place for outdoor pursuits such as golf, hillwalking and surfing.  Dublin makes a great base to discover the island, with all major cities less than 5 hours away by train.  

The island has 32 counties, grouped into four provinces:  Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster.  

Connacht, in the west, has stunning scenery, including Connemara and Achill Island; Sligo is famous for its surfing.  Many parts of Connacht, especially the Aran Islands, retain a strong sense of tradition, and the province is home to several Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas.  

Leinster, in the east, is home to Ireland's Viking-founded capital city, Dublin.  Leinster has the greatest concentration of Ireland's population, and many fine buildings, from Neolithic, Medieval, Norman and Georgian periods.

In the south west, Munster boasts fine cuisine (especially in Cork), and beautiful landscapes, coastlines and ancient castles.   

Ulster is home to Belfast, the main city of Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built, and the province has several areas of great natural beauty, including the Giant’s Causeway, Glenveagh National Park and the Mourne Mountains.    

Ireland ranks Number 1 in the Good Country Index 2014!

Ireland is a great place to come and study!

For more information on Ireland, visit www.ireland.com.