Ireland’s appeal to tourists is clear. There’s the fantastic capital city, Dublin, bound in rich layers of history and now overflowing with trendy bars and nightclubs. Beyond, there are mountains, heather moors, coastline, valleys, waterfalls and lakes, dotted with prehistoric and religious sites and a wealth of dramatic castles.
After the monastic age, Viking invaders built heavily fortified ports, laying the foundations of some major Irish cities. War between Irish chieftains and Vikings first led to the involvement of the English. Richard of Clare, Earl of Pembroke (nicknamed Strongbow), was invited by one of the chieftains to support his claims, but instead conquered almost the entire country in 1169-70. Many Norman families moved across the Irish Sea, effectively colonizing the country.In 1973, Ireland became a member of (as it then was) the EEC and adopted the Euro in 2002. European membership has proved to be of huge economic benefit.
Airlines to fly to Ireland: Delta, Air France, Lufthansa, , Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Air Lingus, British Airways, Czech Airlines,.
Cities to fly toIreland: Cork, Dublin.