The island of Ireland is divided into two countries - the south which is officially known as The Republic of Ireland
and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, on the northern end of the island.
Topics such as the ecomony, education, health care and the population are specific to every country and Ireland is no different.
Most countries are also divided into political or administrative areas such as states, provinces or counties which are often further divided
into smaller areas.
The entire island of Ireland is divided into four provinces and 32
counties of which 26 belong to the republic and six make up the country of Northern Ireland.
Throughout history the Irish have had a thirst for knowledge and have made major contributions to the world. Their education system
reflects this and is probably one of the best in the world.
Population wise I have always found it rather interesting that more Irish people live outside Ireland than in the country itself.
The reasons for this are varied and are usually tied into economics.
The 26 counties that make up the Republic are as varied
as individual countries. Each has its own spectacular features and a rich history that, woven together, form the fabric of the
country we know as Ireland.