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  Embassy of Ireland - Washington, DC
The island of Ireland consists of a large central lowland of limestone with a relief of hills and several coastal mountains.
Ireland never experienced the barbarian invasions of the early medieval period and, partly as a result, the sixth and seventh centuries saw a flowering of Irish art, learning and culture centring on the Irish monasteries.
The descendants of the Norman settlers in Ireland, who came to be called the Old English, were, by and large, hostile to the Protestant reformation which led to the establishment of the Church of Ireland.
www.irelandemb.org /info.html   (5391 words)

 Culture - Ireland - Europe
Ireland was first inhabited around 7500 bc by Mesolithic hunter-fishers, probably from Scotland.
Extensive traces of the culture of this early period survive in the form of stone monuments (menhirs, dolmens, and cromlechs) and stone forts, dating from 2000 to 1000 bc.
Ireland was Christianized by Saint Patrick in the 5th century.
www.countriesquest.com /europe/ireland/culture.htm   (313 words)

 In Search of Ancient Ireland . Culture and Commerce | PBS
Later texts seem to confirm that the Celtic culture also arrived and that the gods and goddesses of Iron Age Ireland are similar to those found in the Continental Celtic culture.
Ireland at this time was made up of a number of small communities known as "Tuatha," Irish for a people or a tribe.
There was a strong sense of cultural unity, however, as the important feast days often saw large gatherings at the major ritual sites to celebrate and honor the gods and goddesses.
www.pbs.org /wnet/ancientireland/culture.html   (594 words)

 Celtic Culture > Economy > Ireland, The Celtic Tiger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Yet, during the 1990s, Ireland was transformed from one of the poorest countries in Western Europe to one of the wealthiest.
By the mid 1980s Ireland was experiencing a 19.6% high unemployment, the Irish had the highest debt per head in the world, and the nation's GDP per capita was only 63% of their neighbours, the United Kingdom.
Ireland invested important financial and human resources in education since the 1960s with the introduction of free secondary education and grants for third level education.
www.celtia.info /culture/economy/celtictiger.html   (1989 words)

 Culture of Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The culture of the people living on the island of Ireland is far from monolithic.
With the Elizabethan English conquest, the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland and the organised plantations of English and Scottish settlers, the patterns of land ownership in Ireland were altered greatly.
Ireland is well supplied with museums and art galleries and offers, especially during the summer months, a wide range of cultural events.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_of_Ireland   (3740 words)

 Ireland - Art and Culture - Celtic Culture
They mixed their culture with that of the indigenous people, creating a mythology that survived until Christian colonisation led by St.Patrick in 300 AD.
The Celtic Irish culture has been told through the years in the form of Heroic Tales, such as the Ulster Cycle which tells of the exploits of Cú Chullain, the Hound of Ulster.
Ireland is a nation of sports fans that support their national teams with an exuberance that is uniquely Irish.
www.irelandby.com /art_and_culture/celtic.htm   (489 words)

 Irish Culture in Ireland through Irish eyes - Culture of Ireland
For hundreds of years people all over Ireland have tried capturing Leprechauns for their gold and wishes but only a handful of Irish people are known to have achieved this for the Leprechaun is quick to hide himself from any human who may want his gold.
The history of Ireland and the Irish dates back thousands of years and is famous for its large number of historic remains that date back to ancient Ireland, when man first set foot on Irish soil.
Ireland has seen many changes over the years from the invasion of the vikings, the invasions of the Normans and being under the control of Britain.
www.yourirish.com   (658 words)

 Culture Rich Northern Ireland
Ulster folk are outdoor people, well known for their openness and hospitality, and the landscape of Northern Ireland is of commanding natural beauty: the Giant's Causeway, one of the wonders of the natural world, the Glens of Antrim and the Mountains of Mourne, celebrated in song.
Northern Ireland's educational standards excel, with an educational system that produces employees who are highly skilled and adaptable to new technologies.
A higher proportion of young people in Northern Ireland enter higher education than in the UK as a whole, and these two universities are a major resource for research and development.
www.studyoverseas.com /europe/euroed/irelandculture.htm   (794 words)

 Irish Culture @ Irelandseye.com
The Children of Lir - A long time ago, thousands of years ago, the Gaels invaded Ireland, and defeated the people who were there before them.
MacNamara - This family name is closely connected with Co. Clare and is the most important sept of Dál gCais - ancient Irish chieftains dating back to prehistoric times - after the O'Briens of this county.
Ireland's place names with explanations of their various forms and roots.
www.irelandseye.com /aarticles/culture/index.shtm   (312 words)

 Learn the Culture of Ireland
Traditional foods of Ireland are simple and include lamb, Irish stew, sausage, homemade cheeses, fresh fish, fresh baked breads and scones, fish and chips (chippers), potatoes, cabbage, carrots, corned beef, cabbage and boxty.
Ireland is known to be a nation of scholars and there are many well known authors, playwrights and poets from the Emerald Isle.
Ireland is well known for its many myths and legends which began long ago when the Celts ruled Ireland and many tales were told by the Druids.
www.earthyfamily.com /IR-Culture.htm   (973 words)

 Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, is unofficially known as "The North" (by nationalists and residents in the Republic of Ireland), "the Six Counties," by nationalists, and "Ulster," by unionists (although the historic province of Ulster also includes the counties Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan, which are in the Republic).
The GAA is organised on an all-Ireland basis with all 32 counties competing; traditionally, counties first compete within their province, in the provincial championships, and the winners then compete in the All-Ireland senior hurling or football championships.
Ireland's largest religious group is the Catholic Church (about 70% for the entire island, and over 90% for the Republic), and most of the rest of the population adhere to one of the various Protestant denominations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ireland   (7228 words)

 EUROPA - Culture - Ireland
There are seven National Cultural Institutions under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism: the National Archives, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Chester Beatty Library and the National Concert Hall.
The Council of National Cultural Institutions was established in 1998 to provide a forum whereby the Directors of Ireland's National Cultural Institutions could pool together their experience, expertise, talent and vision to further the national cultural interest.
The National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 empowers the Director of the National Museum of Ireland, with the consent of the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, to designate local museums as County Museums.
ec.europa.eu /culture/portal/sites/members/irland_en.htm   (311 words)

 Culture of Ireland
The village and parish are key focal points around which sporting rivalries and other forms of local identity are built and most people feel a strong sense of loyalty to their native county, a loyalty which also often has its clearest expression on the sports field.
One consequence of this is the widely-recognised cultural phenomenon of "land hunger" amongst the new class of farmer.
Traditional pub culture is concerned with more than just drinking, even though Ireland has a recognised problem with over-consumption of alcohol, with the highest drink consumption in Europe.
www.irishpast.com /Culture_of_Ireland.html   (3538 words)

 Pub Culture In Ireland
This pub culture is a quintessential part of any Irish experience and will become immediately obvious to the visitor - but whatever you do, remember the key rule of traveling: never pass a bar with your name on it.
The legal drinking age in Ireland is 18 and depending on the establishment some pubs will insist that all patrons be over 21 years and carry some form of identification.
In both the Republic and Northern Ireland, pubs providing entertainment may stay open until 1.00 am during the week and 12.00 midnight on Sunday.
www.oconnors.com /info/info-pub_culture.html   (322 words)

 Frequently asked questions about Culture Ireland
Culture Ireland is the Irish State Agency that promotes the best of Ireland's arts and culture internationally and assists in the development of Ireland's international cultural relations.
Culture Ireland usually notifies applicants of its decisions within a maximum of 10 working days after a Board meeting.
Culture Ireland meets 4 times a year to consider applications in March, June September and December.
www.cultureireland.gov.ie /faqs.html   (694 words)

 Visit Ireland - About Ireland: Culture
Whether enjoying a morning breakfast at a BandB, downing a pint or two in a pub, experiencing the local artists, or hiking along a seaside cliff, it is hard not to feel a part of the dramatic culture and rich history that is Ireland.
Understanding the history of Ireland allows for a deeper appreciation of the ancient monuments found there today, as well as reasons for the heartache of contemporary disputes.
The story of Ireland is an ancient tale, older than the pyramids of Egypt, and full of more turmoil, upheaval, and romance than any daytime drama.
www.visitireland.com /aboutireland/culture.asp   (128 words)

 Ireland - Art and Culture
Ireland has a rich heritage of art and folklore and the national historical treasures are preserved in many museums throughout the island.
Most Irish museums and galleries are open all year round and many of them are dedicated to a specific topic or to a specific historical period.
Heritage Island is a marketing group repesenting over 90 of Ireland's leading visitor attractions and heritage towns.
www.irelandby.com /art_and_culture/art_culture.htm   (163 words)

 BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | NI culture goes online
An online cultural 'atlas' looks at literature, theatre and visual arts as well as sports and industry and the political and architectural heritage of the province.
Over the years, it is to be developed into an invaluable resource as people are invited to contribute material and enrich its pictures of culture and heritage in their locality.
The Linen Hall Library is Ireland's last remaining subscription library, and one of Northern Ireland's major local studies resources.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/northern_ireland/3542659.stm   (375 words)

 Ireland Culture as Seen as a Volunteer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Irish culture is joyful - expressed through numerous cultural festivals, including an international film festival, a jazz festival, and a folk music festival in Cork; and theatre festivals in Dublin.
In fact, while scribes in monasteries recorded many of the old Irish myths and legends in beautiful illuminated manuscripts, it wasn't until a late 18th century festival highlighted the long decline of the harp that any effort was made to write musical scores of the ancient melodies.
The harp was adopted as the arms of Ireland in the 17th century.
www.globalvolunteers.org /1main/ireland/irelandculture.htm   (842 words)

 Nordic Culture > Vikings in Ireland - Scandinavica.com
During the Viking Age in Ireland the Irish fought against the Vikings almost as often as the Vikings fought against other Vikings, or even as often as mixed alliances of Irish and Vikings fought against other similar mixed alliances.
He allowed the Scandinavians to stay in Ireland and, moreover, he married his own daughter to Sygtrigg Silkenbeard, the last Viking king of Dublin, and also married himself to Geormalaith, the Irish mother of Sygtrigg.
Scandinavian culture and civilisation in Ireland, 8th-11th centuries.
www.scandinavica.com /culture/history/ireland.htm   (1124 words)

 Ryder Cup in Ireland - Irish Culture
Only in Ireland, in the summer, when the evenings are light late would you have the opportunity to enjoy your dinner and a few drinks and feel that the evening was still one long delightful stretch ahead of you and your companions.
Whether you’re a native or “Irish by Vacation,” the links of Ireland are some of the best to be had and no matter what your handicap, you can enjoy full and lively games at each stop as you tour the countryside.
Here is a selection of the best golf courses Ireland has to offer, and everything you’ll need to get started on planning that ideal golf holiday, all the way down to the tee times… Golf Courses of Ireland.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art2473.asp   (389 words)

 Ireland Culture
From the mid-19th century, in the years following the famine, there was a resurgence in traditional native Irish language and culture.
This Gaelic revival led, in turn, to the Irish literary renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in which native expression was explored and renewed by a generation of writers and academics.
The cultural revivalism became an inspiration to the Irish nationalist struggle of the early decades of the 20th century.
www.traveldocs.com /ie/culture.htm   (378 words)

 Amazon.com: Culture Shock!: Ireland (Culture Shock!): Books: Patricia Levy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
She makes clear that much has changed in Ireland in the past forty years in almost every aspect of life, and gives the right amount of detail.
Her suggestions as to pub etiquette are quite good, and pub culture is a key aspect of Irish life because they are in fact community centres of a sort.
Her tone is that of someone who likes Ireland and its people, but is not blind to their foibles and weaknesses.
www.amazon.com /Culture-Shock-Ireland/dp/1558682473   (1531 words)

 Culture of Northern Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Culture of Northern Ireland relates to the traditions of Northern Ireland and its resident communities.
Elements of the culture of Ireland and culture of the United Kingdom are to be found.
The Ulster Cycle is pertinent to the history of literature in the territory of present-day Northern Ireland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_of_Northern_Ireland   (798 words)

 NIU Study Abroad - Media & Culture in Ireland Summer 2006
Ireland’s role in the European economic community has attracted wide interest from those interested in the mechanics of social change.
His main research and teaching interests are in the interdisciplinary study of urban space and cultural production, globalization and consumer culture, theories and methods of cultural studies, transatlantic modernism and international cinema.
Ireland, an island in the British Isles, the westernmost and second largest of the group in the North Atlantic Ocean, is separated from Great Britain by Saint George's Channel on the southeast, the Irish Sea on the east, and the North Channel on the northeast.
www3.niu.edu /niuabroad/Media-Culture06.htm   (3563 words)

 Cultural Relations Committee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Culture Ireland, the national agency to promote Irish arts and artists overseas has a budget of €3 million for 2006.
Culture Ireland will support artists right across the creative spectrum including visual art, theatre, literature, music, dance, opera and film.
Further information on Culture Ireland and its grant programme is available on www.cultureireland.gov.ie.
www.arts-sport-tourism.gov.ie /arts/culture_ireland.html   (252 words)

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