Ireland facts geography, facts of Ireland with an added personal touch

Search for Ireland Facts Geographyand often the results you get are fairly similar. There is not necessarily anything wrong with that as many,not all, people are basically drawing from the one well of facts about Ireland's geography. What I hope to do here is to provide some of these facts about Ireland's geography with just a little twist,and from the point of view of tourist attractions in Ireland.If I can at all I will present these facts with just a little bit more information added so that they might just be a little bit more interesting and useful,especially if you are thinking of visiting Ireland. If I know something additional to the fact, I will add it, if I can think of it. Of course this information on Ireland and facts about it's geography could never be complete or totally unique but I do hope that these general facts about Ireland and facts about it's geography in particular and the way in which they are presented will be of some use to you. 

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* The tallest waterfall is in Enniskerry, County Wicklow on the Eastern side of Ireland. whilst not tall by many standards the fact is that it is Ireland tallest at 350 feet. Another fact worth considering is that just down the road is one of Ireland's most beautiful estate houses, Powerscourt House and Gardens. Fantastic house and gardens and a view across to Bray and the Irish Sea that is to die for on a fine day.

If you are visiting Ireland write this place into your itinerary. This is one of Ireland's geography facts that has to be experienced first hand. Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland due to it's stunning scenery. A very popular walking trail extends from Marley Park in Dublin and goes through Wicklow to Couny Carlow. This walk is known as The Wicklow Way.

* The popular B.B.C. television series Ballykissangel was set in the Wicklow village of Avoca. The original spelling of Avoca was in fact Ovoca and this spelling can be seen on the walls of the bridge that spans the Avoca river. The date is also inscribed :1868. The Avoca river is an amalgam of the Avonmore River and the Avonbeg River. These two rivers merge near Avoca at a place imaginatively titled The Meeting of the Waters.This area is known as The Vale of Avoca The famous Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote a poem about this place. The Avoca river is now returning to it's former glory after suffering years of damage from a local ,now closed,copper mine. This mine was in fact owned by a Canadian company.

* Carrauntoohill in Kerry is in fact Ireland's tallest Mountain at 3,414 feet. It is situated in the Magillicuddy Reeks mountain range and the entire area around here is very popular with walkers and climbers.Kerry are Ireland's most successful Gaelic footballers and one of their greatest heroes of all time, Mick O'Connell lived on Valentia Island off the coast of kerry and often rowed to the mainland for a game and then rowed home again.Then of course there is that famous scenic drive known as The Ring of Kerry.Practically the entire geography of Kerry is made for tourists.Geographically,the most southerly point of mainland Ireland is just off Mizen Head, Cork. The western part of County Cork is gloriously scenic area and is now well known for it's artisan crafts. A justifiably famous place to visit in Cork is Gougan Barra, which allegedly gets its name from St.Finbar. The name Barra is growing in popularity in Ireland and is a derivative of Finbar, which itself is derived from the name of Naomh Fhionnbarra or in English, Saint Finbar. Cork's climate is the mildest of all the Irish counties and it is not unusual to see plants from warmer climes thrive in the area.

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* The Shannon river is the longest river in Ireland,fact is that it is also the longest river in the British Isles at 240 miles long. The Shannon rises in County Cavan. Cavan is also a very popular place for holidays in Ireland with many Irish people availing of a crop of beautiful log cabins to use as their touring base. A lot of these visitors cruise the Shannon and the lakes of Fermanagh. This sort of holiday is very popular with fishermen as this area has some of the finest course angling in Europe.This area is known as the Erne Waterwys after the name of the main river in Fermanagh.

* Here are a couple of interesting Ireland facts that probably no area would want. The town of Omagh, County Tyrone most likely won't be bragging about it. According to Met. Eireann Omagh is the cloudiest place in Ireland with an average of under 3 and a half hours of sunshine per day. The Irish name for Tyrone is Tir Eoghan, Eoins Country and their symbol is The Red Hand of Ulster.

* The second of these Ireland facts that nowhere is in a rush to claim is this one. As cloudy as Omagh is, in fact the Maamturk Mountains spanning counties Galway and Mayo are ,again according to Ireland's meteorological service, the wettest place in Ireland.Rosslare in county Wexford receives the most sunshine per year in Ireland. Wexford is known as the Model County and is also a very scenic location. A famous battle in Irish history was fough in Wexford at Vinegar Hill. Boolavogue of the famous song is also in Wexford.Mayo is renowned for the qulity of its salmon fishing and of course for Croagh Patrick, probably the most well known pilgrimage site in Ireland. Of course we can't forget that gateway to the west of Ireland, Knock Airport, the brainchild of the late Monsignor Horan.


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* The largest lake in Ireland is in fact also the largest lake in the British Isles. Lough Neagh borders counties Down,Armagh,Antrim,Tyrone and Derry.

* The most northerly point on mainland Ireland is a headland off Malin Head in Donegal. Another fact about Donegal is that it contains some of the most beautiful beaches and drives in Ireland.Facts that seem to be largely missed by those from the Republic of Ireland although not missed by those living in Northern Ireland. Of course the strength of the Sterling currency against the Euro might also be a fact that does not go unheeded across the border. Donegal also has a national heritage park into which Golden Eagles have been successfully re-introduced after a long period of extinction in that area.

* Mainland Ireland's most easterly point is the Ards Peninsula,in County Down. The Mountains of Mourne are in Down and are world famous because of the song of the same title.Another famous place to visit in Dow is Strangford Lough ( pronounced- lock). Lough is the Irish for Lake.

* Ireland's most westerly mainland point is situated at the Dingle Peninsula, Kerry. Another great place to visit in Ireland and you could even take a trip out to see the world famous dolphin that hangs out around Dingle . The dolphin is popularly known as Fungi and is a massive tourist attraction

* County Leitrim is the least populous county in Ireland and Dublin is the county with the largest population. leitrim is not one of the more famous counties of Ireland but is in fact a little gem. That brilliant irish author John McGahern was brought up in and taught in Leitrim. After a period of exile from Ireland,facts are he was forced to quit teaching after the release of his book The Dark, he returned to live and eventually die in Leitrim, such was his love of the county and it's people. The movement of Irish people to the city of Dublin has seen it's sprawling suburbs spread right into the neighbouring counties of Meath,Westmeath,Carlow ,Kildare and Wicklow. The counties feeling the largest impact of this migration are Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

* Ireland's largest county in terms of area is Cork with Tipperary being the largest inland county. Tipperary is often referred to as The Premier County due to it's pasture land however Tipperary natives like to think it is because of their prowess at possibly the worlds fastest field game, Hurling. This title would however be disputed by Cork who are known as the Rebel County.

* Ireland's smallest county is Louth on the east coast and of course it is known as The Wee County. Carlingford Lough is a must visit place if around that area.

* The fastest growing city in Ireland is Galway city. Galway is known as the City of the Tribes and is a very important cultural centre within Ireland, with Irish language and drama playing a signoficant role.

* Here's an interesting fact, Newgrange in county Meath, a passage tomb, is in fact older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. How do we know this fact, well the most accurate method of dating an object,carbon Dating states this as a fact, Newgrange is also a World Heritage Site.The Battle of the Boyne took place in Meath.

* The geographical centre of Ireland is just a few miles outside of Athlone, County Westmeath. There is a very famous place known as The Hill of Uisneach which in ancient times was considered to be the centre of Ireland. Even in current times a fire is lit every May day and a mass is celebrated on the Hill. The Hill of Uisneach is situated on the road from Mullingar to Athlone, about 11 miles west of Mullingar just over a mile from the village of Loughanavally. 

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