Ireland became an independant state in 1922 and 1949 it ceased to be a member of the British Commonwealth.
Irelands westcoast has mainly bays with deep inland slopes and villages are located more than 50 miles away from the sea. The wet, mild to cool climate and the mild summers and winters are due to the passing gulf stream at the Irish Westcoast. Between 1953 and 1963 the agricultural produce decreased from 31% to 22% and at the same time the industrial production increased from 27% to 33%. 1966 30% of the work force were working in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors and 26.3% in industrial production. In 1967 Irland had a rail network of 2146 km and public roads of 85300km and the country also had 25 natural harbours. Today Stena Sealink offers three main routes to Irland and one can enjoy supurb fishing, golf or explore the fascinating scenery or the rural country lifestyle of Irlands farming and nature protected regions. P&O Ferries will get you and your car to Irland from £69.00. Ferry trips last about 1 hour between Cairnryan and Larne, and 2 hours between Troon and Larne. Irish Ferries.com offer brilliant holiday cottages from £8.00 pp per night including return Ferry. 'Imagine Irland' offers about 1500 inspected holiday cottages at £4.00 pppn. For a free brochure go to www.imagineirland.com or telephone 01756 707 743.
Dublin is full of inspirational atmosphere and you can almost taste it. Rich in culture and tradition it offers historical interest, the architectural beauty of its many Georgian buildings and a great nightlife! This cosmopolitan beautiful city is easily explored on foot and visitors will enjoy its friendly and easy-going lifestyle.
Dublin is a warm, welcoming city with its famous coffee shops and traditional Irish Pubs. Dont forget to visit Dublin Castle and the Christchurch Cathedral two of the 'must-see's' amongst others, info being available from Dublin Tourist Office.