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Ireland 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 to visit.

Ireland 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.

Few 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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Dublin, 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.

Culture 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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Travelling to Ireland
Getting 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.

For 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 in Ireland.
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