Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its eastern capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, and home of Guinness beer. Nicknamed the Emerald Isle? for its lush landscape of rolling green hills




"Ireland ( (listen); Irish: Éire [ˈeːɾʲə] (listen); Ulster-Scots: Airlann [ˈɑːrlən]) 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.Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.6 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. As of 2016, 4.8 million live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.The geography of Ireland comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. Its lush vegetation is a product of its mild but changeable climate which is free of extremes in temperature. Much of Ireland was woodland until the end of the Middle Ages. Today, woodland makes up about 10% of the island, compared with a European average of over 33%, and most of it is non-native conifer plantations. There are twenty-six extant land mammal species native to Ireland. The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

The earliest evidence of human presence in Ireland is dated at 10,500 BC. Gaelic Ireland had emerged by the 1st century AD. The island was Christianised from the 5th century onward. Following the 12th century Norman invasion, England claimed sovereignty. However, English rule did not extend over the whole island until the 16th–17th century Tudor conquest, which led to colonisation by settlers from Britain. In the 1690s, a system of Protestant English rule was designed to materially disadvantage the Catholic majority and Protestant dissenters, and was extended during the 18th century. With the Acts of Union in 1801, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom. A war of independence in the early 20th century was followed by the partition of the island, creating the Irish Free State, which became increasingly sovereign over the following decades, and Northern Ireland, which remained a part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s. This subsided following a political agreement in 1998. In 1973 the Republic of Ireland joined the European Economic Community while the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland, as part of it, did the same.

Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the field of literature. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island's culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf." Wikipedia






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Castletown Bearhaven

We spent a good few days here and really enjoyed the Irish hospitality, food and beer. Unfortunately the weather was grey, wet with strong winds for much of the time. When we did get out and about it was a beautiful area.

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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Lawrence Cove Marina
1 . Lawrence Cove Marina

A small pretty marina in a natural cove on the north-western coast of the Beare Island. Home to a collection of private yachts.

Derrycreeven Harbour
2 . Derrycreeven Harbour

This harbour links Beare Island with the mainland at Castletown Bearehaven. It has a pretty and friendly cafe "Lookout" with a lovely old dog called Murphy.

Castletown Harbour
3 . Castletown Harbour

Irelands second largest commercial fishing harbour, an interesting sight to see trawlers travel in and out of the channel to sea. A small number of yachts were seen to the north in the shallower wa...






Top Towns

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Castletown Bearhaven
1 . Castletown Bearhaven

A pretty village home of the country’s fishing capital.

Cork
2 . Cork

Cork is a city on the western coast of Ireland inset from the sea by the river Lee.

Rerrin
3 . Rerrin

A small village around a natural harbour on the north-western side of Beare Island.

Allihies
4 . Allihies

A pretty colourful town on the western coast of Ireland with a nice sandy beach and copper mines up in the hills.

Bantry
5 . Bantry

A popular town with a great range of shops and pubs at the end of a long channel naturally protected by Whiddy Island.

Douglas
6 . Douglas

Douglas is the capital on the island midway on the eastern coast facing England.