Sightseeing in Ireland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Blarney Stone - Brownshill Dolmen - Bunratty Castle - Delvin Castle - Dublin Castle - Rock of Cashel.
For all tourism spots click here.
Cultural
Several sites are protected by the Unesco World Heritage.
Many festivals and cultural events also take place.
Nature
Ireland is wellknown for its wildlide and its National Parks.
Religious
Ireland is a jewels of megalitic monuments. A lot of sacred sites let enter the celtic legend.
Thermal
Lisdoonvarna is a spa town in north County Clare.
Beach
As an island, Ireland is surrounded by beaches. Click here to get more information.
Winter Sports
Skiing, snowboarding, surfing, canoeing, walking...
Outdoor Activities
Walking, hiking, cycling... For further information, see the Island Ireland website.
Shopping
Special purchases include hand-woven tweed, hand-crocheted woollens and cottons, sheepskin goods, gold and silver jewellery, Aran knitwear, linen, pottery, Irish crystal and whiskey...

Shopping hours: Mon-Sat 09h00-17h30/18h00.
Many towns have a late night opening on Thursday or Friday until 20h00/21h00.
Sunday: 12h00 - 17h00/18h00 (main shopping centres, larger department stores). Many smaller supermarkets in towns and villages are also open.

 
 

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Yes.
Civil Liberty
1/7
Freedom of the Press
Free. The greatest freedom of the press is found in northern Europe, including Ireland.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 3/175
Evolution: 3 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Free.
Freedom of Assembly
Free.
Rule of Law
Yes
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Yes
Women's Condition
Good conditions for women.
For Further Information
Freedom House Country Report
Freedom of the Press

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Religion

Degree of Freedom
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respects this right in practice. The Government at all levels strives to protect this right in full, and does not tolerate its abuse, either by governmental or private actors.
The Constitution prohibits promotion of one religion over another and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, and the Government does not restrict the teaching or practice of any faith. There is no state religion, and there is no discrimination against nontraditional religious groups. There is no legal requirement that religious groups or organizations register with the Government, nor is there any formal mechanism for government recognition of a religion or religious group. See the US Department of State's International Religious Freedom Report on Ireland.
Beliefs
Roman Catholic 88.4%; Church of Ireland 3%; Other Christian 1.6%; Other 1.5%; Unspecified 2%; None 3.5%.
Role of Religion in Society
The churches Irish folk attend are overwhelmingly Catholic. 92% of the Republic's population is Roman Catholic. 3% identify themselves as Protestant, and the remainder claim no religious beliefs, or belong to the small communities of believers such as Muslims, Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Orthodox.

The huge influx of mostly Catholic Eastern Europeans has, if anything, strengthened the Catholic Church. The latest surveys (late 2007) suggest that church attendance is climbing after more than a decade of decline.

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