Ireland - Encounter Culture
AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating a stronger business, political and human ties.
This month’s featured country is Ireland also referred to as the Emerald Isle. This moniker is derived from the island’s lush vegetation, a product of its mild climate and frequent rainfall.
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean just to the west of Great Britain. The country is divided into two sections including the Republic of Ireland (covering five-sixths of the island,) and Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom.)
Ireland has been inhabited for over 9,000 years and currently has a population of roughly 6.4 million people. Over the past 1200 years, Vikings, Normans, Welsh, Flemings, Scots, English, Africans, Eastern Europeans and South Americans have all added to the population and have had significant influences on Irish culture. The two main languages spoken in Ireland are Irish and English.
Traditionally, Ireland is subdivided into four provinces: Connacht (west), Leinster (east), Munster (south), and Ulster (north). In a system that developed between the 13th and 17th centuries, Ireland has 32 traditional counties. Twenty-six of these counties are in the Republic of Ireland and six are in Northern Ireland. The six counties that constitute Northern Ireland are all in the province of Ulster (which has nine counties in total). As such, Ulster is often used as a synonym for Northern Ireland, although the two are not coterminous.
Ireland has many great sites and places to visit including Dublin, the countries most visited region. There are three World Heritage Sites on the island: the Brú na Boinne, Skellig Michael and the Giant’s Causeway. Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle. Historically important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, which are maintained as national monuments in the Republic of Ireland.
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