Ireland - Island of 6 million &  50 million descendants

The island of Ireland comprises of 32 counties and 4 provinces. Ulster to the North, Leinster to the East, Munster to the South & Connacht to the West.  The wild Atlantic Ocean borders 3 of those provinces while the Irish sea separates the island from the British mainland of Scotland , England & Wales.  

Population Size:      6.5 million - Republic 4.8 mio & North ( aka 6 Counties) 1.5 mio 

Languages:              Predominantly English. Irish Gaelic  (Polish also spoken by immigrants from Poland who comprise over 5% of the island's population)    

Uachtarán na hÉireann/President:    Michael D. Higgins

Taoiseach/Prime Minister:                 Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael

Religion:                  Christian , predominantly Catholic with significantly declining numbers 

Main Sports:           Traditional - Gaelic & Hurling Football. 2 soccer sides represent the island - Irish Republic & Northern Ireland respectively. Players are drawn from the entire island of Ireland in Rugby Union, Hockey & Cricket.  

Famous Irish:           James Joyce, Oscar Wilde,George Bernard Shaw,Samuel Beckett,William Butler Yeats, Countess Markiewicz, Pierce Brosnan, U2 

Famous Irish Diaspora: Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Billy Connolly,Sean Connery, Judy Dench, John Mc Enroe, Maureen O' Hara, (Princess) Grace Kelly       

Fun Fact: While the Romans visited Ireland, as evidenced by artifacts discovered over many years,  they never colonised the island as they had done with the rest of Europe. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why the Irish are different!   

Famous Myth: The potato did NOT originate in Ireland. It was brought from America by the British colonialist and explorer Walter Raleigh. As a means of survival, it became a staple diet for the Irish tenant farmers paying rent to mostly absentee landlords in England  

Irish Map

Ireland Map.jpg

Irish Flag 

The Irish Flag was devised to recognise all the traditions on the island. Green for the indigenous, Orange for those whose forefathers largely came from Scotland & England and colonised the land. White... is for PEACE

The Irish Flag was devised to recognise all the traditions on the island. Green for the indigenous, Orange for those whose forefathers largely came from Scotland & England and colonised the land. White... is for PEACE


 
We are a vibrant first-world country, but we have a humbling third-world memory
— Dr Mary Mc Aleece Irish President 1997
 

 

DONEGAL COAST 

Donegal  in the North West of Ireland   Music Artists   Paul Brady  ,  Enya  &  Clannad   were all born in Donegal 

Donegal in the North West of Ireland 

Music Artists Paul Brady , EnyaClannad were all born in Donegal 


diamond hill, galway

View from Diamond Hill, Galway in the West of Ireland 

View from Diamond Hill, Galway in the West of Ireland 

Wicklow 

 

Wicklow  is less than 45 minutes drive from Dublin.Music Artist   Hozier   was born & grew up in Wicklow

Wicklow is less than 45 minutes drive from Dublin.Music Artist Hozier was born & grew up in Wicklow

Hill of tara, county meath  

Tara.jpg
I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.
— Lady Gregory - Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager.