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5 things Ireland is famous for

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The Republic of Ireland is the westernmost nation in Europe. The Irish Republic encompasses 26 counties and a total of 27,133 square miles of land. The Republic of Ireland is a first world country with a high quality of living—in fact, its life expectancy is higher than that of both the United Kingdom and the United States! The national anthem is “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“A Soldier’s Song”).

The Republic of Ireland’s capitol city is Dublin. The official languages are English and Gaelic (sometimes simply referred to as “Irish”) and the population is estimated at 4,593,100. The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union (E.U.) and its currency is the Euro. Ireland does not have a royal family like England. Instead they have a President, just like the United States. However, like in England, the Irish drive on the left-hand side of the road!

Ireland is an island nation that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is known to have cold and rainy weather—although summers can be warm and sunny—but its climate results in the lush green landscape that granted Ireland the nickname “The Emerald Island.”

Below is a list of five things that Ireland is associated with:

Dublin
Dublin Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Dublin

Dublin is the capitol city of Ireland. It encompassed 123 square miles of land and is home to an estimated 525,383 people which makes it the most populated area in Ireland. Dublin has lots of sights to see such as a zoo, Trinity College, Saint Stephen’s Green, and Croke Park. Hence, it is a popular spot for tourists to visit.

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are cliffs in the western county of Clare that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. At their highest point they reach 702 feet. The beautiful landscape and views that they provide make the cliffs very popular among tourists.

Landscape
Landscape Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Landscape

Ireland is known as “The Emerald Isle” because of its lush green landscape. Ireland is renowned for its gorgeous green fields and mountainous hills that are covered with grass. Much of the country is rural and so as one travels through it the land it is said that “forty shades of green” can be seen.

Music
Music Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-IRELAND ALLIANCE

Music

Ireland is known for its rich musical traditional. Instruments like the fiddle and the harp are classically Irish as is the music that they produce (which is generally fast paced and easy to dance to). Ireland also has a powerful presence on the modern day music scene due to artists like U2 and Sinead O’Connor.

Literature
Literature Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Literature

Ireland is a small country with a relatively small population yet there have been a very high number of artists from the isle—especially writers. Over the years Ireland has produced some of the biggest names in novels and playwrights including Oscar Wilde and Roddy Doyle.

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