Cooga Cottage in Doon, County Limerick, Ireland

All About Ireland

Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland containing 26 counties and Northern Ireland containing 6 counties. It is located in northwestern Europe, to the west of the United Kingdom, the North Atlantic Ocean, and the Irish Sea.

Ireland is known for its misty green countryside, its culture and tradition (including legends and folklore), and its warm-hearted and friendly people.

From the lonely, wind-lashed wilderness of the Beara Peninsula to the awe-inspiring landscapes of County Derry, Ireland is one of the world's most beautiful countries, and worth every effort you make to explore it.


Beaches in Ireland

Easkey West of County Sligo With its long, white undulating beach and high waves, this is the perfect spot for surfing. Easkey West of County Sligo With its long, white undulating beach and high waves, this is the perfect spot for surfing.

Curracloe Beach in Wexford is a long sandy beach just perfect for swimming. Morriscastle Beach is Ireland's first green coast awarded beach, that stretches for miles joining ballinesker beach where they shot opening scenes for saving private ryan.

Balbriggan Beach has a safe sandy shore with full life-guard service during the summer months and only two minutes from Balbriggan town centre and train station. Coastal walks with panoramic views are perfect here. A unique large colony of seals inhabits the coastline at Hampton and can regularly be seen around the harbour.

Benone Beach, situated about 10 miles from the town of Limavady, sitting on the Alantic ocean, is famous throughout the area and is one of the few beaches to have been awarded the Blue Flag. Here you can find amazing views of the Donegal Coast line, which is within reach by a short ferry ride.


Dublin

The capital and heart of the Irish Republic, Dublin ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe. This thousand year old city on the East coast of Ireland has had a dark and turbulent past.

For the first part of the 20th century, strife and unrest tore Dublin apart as it involved a messy and violent divorce from Britain.

Today, it is known as the 'party capital of Europe' with its thriving business and economy and the ability of the Irish people to have fun, under any circumstances


Cork

The second largest city in Ireland and uniquely situated on an island between two channels of the Lee River, time passes slowly during the day and the pub scene at night is very lively.

Key places to visit are the English market in the centre of the city, Shandon Steeple overlooking Cork on the north bank, the University through which the river Lee passes and the very steep St Patrick's Hill from the top of which are magnificent views over the entire metropolis.