Ireland: The Land of Saints and Scholars

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Most people have heard of the country of Ireland. It is a small island that is located towards the East of the Atlantic Ocean, and is separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea (Ireland 1). Ireland is considered by some one of the greenest and most beautiful countries in the world. Its rolling plains and lush, rain-soaked landscape make it a dream destination. It even has gorgeous stone castles that still stand after hundreds of years of wear and tear. Overall, Ireland is a beautiful and culturally rich country that has a lot of history to be shared with the world.

Geography
The geography of Ireland is something to be marveled. From the endless green-grassed pastures that would put any yard to shame, to the abrupt, rocky cliffs that overlook the ocean, nothing can compare to the sheer beauty of Irish countryside. The entire country of Ireland is shaped like a basin, with mountains encompassing most of its frame. However, the mountains are fairly low, the highest only rising to about 3,145 feet high (Ireland 1). The biggest and longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon, which runs from the North to the South, and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The Shannon has brought a lot of industry to Ireland, like fishing and electricity. The size of the entire country is actually only half of the size of the American state of Arkansas, which is a lot smaller than it seems to be (Ireland 1). The capital of Ireland is Dublin, which is a fairly large city located towards the North East of the island. An estimate of what the entire population of Ireland will be in July of 2014 says that it should be about 4,832,765 people (Ireland 2). Something that a lot of people do not know about Ireland is that it is pretty much split into different...

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