Ireland as an island is made up of two different parts, you have the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. The capital of the Republic is Dublin, and the capital of the North is Belfast. Both are located on the east coast, With Dublin being about half way down the island and Belfast in the most east point of Northern Ireland.
The entire land is separated into four different provinces, Leinster in the east with Dublin, Munster in the south with Cork, Connacht with Clare (affectionately known as “The Wesht”), and Ulster With Belfast. Northern Ireland is six our of the nine Ulster counties.
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Some stats about Ireland
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Living in Ireland
As part of the European union we use the euro as our currency. The prices fluctuate but we sit somewhere in the middle of Europe, using the Big Mac index, Europe averages at 4.04 and Ireland alone sits at 3.84. Though the cost as a guest may be average, the cost of living in Dublin is quite high, though the services and cleanliness make up for it. Most major cities are connected with trains or busses, with frequent trips out and in, meaning transport is easy, in comparison to some countries.
The main cities that most would want to visit are Clare, Cork, Belfast, and of course, Dublin. The main pull of Dublin would be the ease of transport and holding the best airport (Dublin airport), but with a rich history a lot of Ireland is an attraction within itself.
Republic and Northern Relations
From the late sixties onwards fighting between the north and south got worse and eventually got to the point where army intervention was required. The IRA were restless and launched a campaign to get the British army out of Ireland, attacking their barracks in Dublin. This is when the troubles were at their worst, when violence and death was rampant in the streets. Nearly three decades later, after thousands of unnecessary deaths, plentiful destruction and violence, a ceasefire was called, and eventually the ‘Good Friday’ agreement was signed. From this point on, the rift that was created began to heal, no longer were the streets as filled with fear, and Ireland began to unify even slightly.
Ones a land of kings and castles of Celtic decent, in the 1500’s the English king became de facto ruler, with his successor colonising Ulster heavily, and using Dublin as their point of origin usually. For the next four hundred years Ireland and England would be locked in an gruesome fight for supremacy over the island. The split became more obvious between the south and north parts of Ireland, with the north favouring British rule, with more support for a free and united the south. This came to a head in 1916 when a rebellion was crushed in the centre of Dublin. Many of the leaders were executed over a weeks time period, and as the week stretched on the Irish public began to side with the rebels cause. Following the opinion shift, a surviving leader and some remaining soldiers began the Irish war of independence, leading to the Irish Free State. This victory was short lived however, a civil war broke out in Ireland not a year later over how the country should be run. This split would form the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who would be a major stickling force in what we would call ‘The Troubles’.