The island of Ireland is divided into two countries; the southern and northwestern regions constitute the Republic of Ireland, an independent, democratic country. The northeast is Northern Ireland and presently is a part of the United Kingdom. Historically, Ireland is divided into four ancient provinces, LEINSTER, MUNSTER, CONNACHT and ULSTER. There are thirty-two counties within those provinces. For tourism the country is divided into regions which may cross over provinces. The following information will give you a short description of the regions and the cities within those regions. Heritage towns are noted under the cities.
Throughout the entire island of Ireland are thousands of lakes and rivers that are natural wonders. In addition, Ireland's ancient past makes it an archeological paradise, with many sites dating back thousands of years. There is so much to explore and experience, that no matter where you travel in Ireland, it will be a fantastic exploration, with unsurpassed hospitality. The scenery is ever changing, simply spectacular, and literally unfolds before your eyes. All over Ireland you can enjoy the outdoors from fishing to golf, horse riding to water sports. Local eateries offer a wide range of food from simple to fine dining. However, whether plain or fancy, the fare is usually fresh, often home grown, and absolutely fantastic. A wide variety of accommodations await you and there are many modes of transportation throughout, including rental cars, chauffeur drive, motor coach, boats, trains, and even planes from one part of the country to another.
The universal language of music is performed in local pubs, large concert halls, on the street with buskers, or in the parlor with your hosts. Anywhere and everywhere there is music, from traditional to contemporary, and rock. Listen to the songs of Ireland and you can learn much of her history!