What better place to learn English than Ireland, a country well known for the warmth and friendliness of its people, the stunning natural beauty of its landscapes and coasts and the richness of its music, theatre and literary traditions? George Bernard Shaw claimed that the best English is spoken in Ireland. With many of the most famous names of English literature being Irish – Yeats, Beckett, Wilde, Joyce – and with the Irish being famous for the art of conversation it is easy to understand why.
Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean and is composed of the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), a state which covers five sixths of the island (south, east, west and north-west), and Northern Ireland; part of the United Kingdom, which covers the north-eastern sixth of the island. The population of the island is approximately 5.8 million people (2001); 4.1 million in the Republic of Ireland (1.6 million in Greater Dublin) and 1.7 million in Northern Ireland (0.8 million in Greater Belfast).
Ireland is divided into four provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. Across Ireland, the 32 counties are still used in sports and in some other cultural areas and retain a strong sense of local identity. Ireland's least arable land lies in the south-western and western counties. These areas are largely spectacularly mountainous and rocky, with beautiful green vistas.
Culture and Tradition
Now a modern and prosperous European country, Ireland still treasures its strong cultural and historic traditions. In fact, the traditional and the modern sit comfortably side by side. Ireland is a safe, un-crowded country with clean waters and clean air. It provides an ideal location for a wide variety of outdoor sports and pastimes, among them fishing, horse riding, sailing, golf and hill-walking. For the less active, there is a range of indoor social and cultural activities too.
If you would like to go to Ireland to experience the culture whilst improving your English through an internship, we can help.
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