It has often been said that there is no history without geography. Ireland is the most westerly landmass of Europe, separated from Britain on the east by the Irish Sea and the USA to the west by the Atlantic Ocean.While Ireland is a dynamic, lively and modern country with a young population and a successful, technologically-orientated economy, it also remains a country steeped in culture and tradition where music, conversation and making friends matters. It was the last developing nation in Europe until recent years and the only European country colonised. Today it is the number one fastest growing economy in the Eurozone and sixth in the world.It is home to Europe’s youngest and most educated population. Sound familiar? then welcome to Ireland….
Culture - Visiting or living in Ireland gives you a chance to become completely immersed in its culture and traditions, its charm and its people. It is steeped in history, from ancient man to early Christians, Stone Age art, monasteries, castles and fortresses, all which can be still seen throughout the land today. Entwined in this rich history is Irelands fascinating mythology and folklore crossing over to the dramatic realms of saints and scholars. Ireland’s history of conquest and colonization, of famine and mass emigration, and of resistance, rebellion, and civil war etched its literature with a series of ruptures and revivals. World renowned writers such as W.B Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker and James Joyceall contributed in their own right in helping Ireland take its seat amongst the nations of the earth.
Lifestyle - ModernIreland has been a quick and dramatic story, emerging full of opportunity where dreams are being realised. Recently ranked fourth place in the top 10 places to live worldwide by the Human Development Index (UN, 2018) and now only sits behind Norway, Switzerland and Australia. The UN analysed three categories – long and healthy lifestyle,access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
Dublin, Irelands capital is a particularly popular city to live and has been named as the second-best city in the world to live by consultancy firm ECA International. Their study, compared 450 places for “liveability” which took into consideration factors such as climate, housing, social life, safety, air quality, and health services.Quality of life has improved faster in Ireland than anywhere else in the world over the past years, jumping 13 places between 2012 and 2017. In fact, Irish live more than 13 years longer that Indians per UN stats.