is situated at the western edge of Europe,
with the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Irish Sea and the
larger island of Great Britain to the east. It is a small country
with a population of only 3.5 million people, of which over 50%
are under the age of 28 years. Ireland is safe and beautiful with
much of the countryside still unspoilt. The variety in the landscape
and the sense of space which prevails also provide a rich environment
for the many outdoor pursuits for which Ireland is famous, among
them fishing, sailing, golf, horse riding and hill walking. These
features, allied to a vibrant social and cultural life and the
natural friendliness of its people, make Ireland a wonderful country
has a long and prestigious tradition in education, dating back
to the middle ages when it held the position of one of the principal
education providers to the western world. Today education is held
in very high regard in Ireland and this is reflected in the priority
given to it by successive Governments and by the fact that it
has one of the highest participation rates in the world.
nations outside England have done more to enrich and enliven the
English language than Ireland. Many of the great names of English
literature were, of course, Irish - Yeats, Shaw, Joyce, O'Casey,
Swift, Beckett - the list is endless. It has even been claimed
that the best English is spoken in Ireland. Whether or not this
is true, there is no doubt that Ireland offers the discerning
language student a unique opportunity to learn English and have
a very memorable holiday!
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the location of our adult language
centre, is one of Europe's most
beautiful capital cities.
With a population of approximately one and a quarter million,
Dublin has all the advantages of a capital city while retaining
the warmth and charm of a smaller one. It is a lively and bustling
city, with plenty to offer by way of shopping and entertainment.
and music are everywhere and areas such as Temple Bar attract
many young people. The music of U2, The Cranberries, Sinead O'Connor
and Van Morrison is known world wide and our traditional musical
heritage continues in the music of The Chieftans and The Dubliners.
Dublin theatres are famous, and the National Concert Hall caters
for all music tastes. At night Dublin is just as lively and vibrant
as during the day, with many small restaurants, famous Irish pubs,
live gigs and of course many fashionable bars and night clubs.
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to Ireland by sea or by air is easy.
International airports are located at Dublin on the east coast,
Cork in the south and Shannon in the west. There are regular flights
from most British cities, with almost hourly flights from London.
Direct flights operate from most European capitals, with average
flying times being approximately 2 hours.
entry into Ireland all students need a passport. Visitors from
some countries also require a visa. ICON
International helps students to obtain a visa to study
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