If you are visiting a certain place for the first time and you don’t know anything about it, getting around the area can be very difficult. Before taking a vacation to Ireland, therefore, it helps to know some bits and pieces of the place first. This should make your trip less stressful and overwhelming and should actually help you feel more comfortable, thus enabling you to enjoy your stay.
Ireland, to begin with, is located somewhere northwest of Europe. It is the third largest island in Europe comprising 32,595 square miles, that’s 230 miles long and 140 miles wide. The island is divided into Republic of Ireland and Northern Island. Around 5.8 million live in Ireland, 4.1 million of whom reside in the Republic of Ireland, while 1.7 million are in Northern Island.
There are thirty two counties and four provinces, namely Connacth, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster, in Ireland. The low central plains are surrounded by mountains, while around 5% of the land is underforest. The south western and the western counties of Ireland are said to be the most scenic with breathtaking views of large rocky mountains, hills, lakes, and so on. It’s really hard not to fall in love with Ireland when such natural beauty is what welcomes you when you visit the place!
It frequently rains in Ireland, but rainfall is characterized to be generally soft, although unpredictable at times. This nonetheless results to a climate that is mild and temperate. The average temperature at wintertime registers at 4 to 7 degrees Celsius, while it becomes significantly higher come summertime at 14 to 18 degrees Celsius. Because of this, you can expect Ireland’s vegetation to be lush and green.
There are two languages spoken in Ireland, Irish and English. It is believed that it was the Celtic invaders who brought this Celtic language, Irish, to Ireland sometime during 1000 BC. Before the close of the 18thcentury, most Irish men and women already spoke the language. However, the English language which is being taught in all schools started gaining popularity, too.
It’s rather interesting to note that its being small did not hinder Ireland from creating big waves in the field of Literature and the Arts. Ireland proudly has four Nobel Prize winners for literature — George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. James Joyce, whose novel Ulysses has been earning rave reviews from people all over the world, is also Irish.
When it comes to sports, Gaelic hurling and football are among the most popular played in Ireland. In fact, these Gaelic games are considered Ireland’s national sports and are governed by the GAA or the Gaelic Athletic Association. Rugby, soccer, horse racing and Greyhound racing are also being played in Ireland.
Knowing all these things can really make your vacation in Ireland truly exciting and worthwhile. Ireland is definitely one of the best places to visit, especially for a nature lover, but anyone, nature-lover or not, will be charmed by Ireland’s spectacular scenic views.