Higher Education in Ireland
Updated on: Aug 7, 2012
The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded.
Ireland is a country steeped in tradition and history with a long established reputation for its education excellence. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. Irish people have a great love of conversation and have a genuine interest in other people.
- Capital - Dublin
- Language - English, Irish (Gaelic)
- Official Currency - Euro
- Climate - Temperate, Mild Winters, Cool Summers, Consistently Humid, Overcast about half the time.
- Time Diff.- 4 hrs 30 Mins. Behind IST.
- Intake: Sep & Jan.
This friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned also help international students adapt to the way of life and particularly, student life in Ireland. English is the predominant language spoken in Ireland today. Ireland enjoys a temperate climate influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream on which island lies.
During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. The coldest and wettest months are December, January and February, which have mean temperatures of between 4 C and 7 C. July and August are the warmest months with mean temperatures of between 14 C and 16 C, rarely rising above 20 .
Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. A strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language, alongside mainstream Western culture, such as contemporary music and drama, and a culture shared in common with Great Britain, as expressed through sports such as soccer, rugby and golf, and the English language.
Some of the most visited sites in Ireland include Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Cliffs of Moher, Holy Cross Abbey and Blarney Castle. Historically important monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise, which are maintained as national monuments in the Republic of Ireland.
Dublin is the most heavily touristed region and home to several of the most popular attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Book of Kells. The west and south west, which includes the Lakes of Killarney and the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry and Connemara and the Aran Islands in County Galway, are also popular tourist destinations.
A chill Island lies off the coast of County Mayo and is Ireland's largest island. It is a popular tourist destination for surfing and contains 5 Blue Flag beaches and Croaghaun one of the worlds highest sea cliffs. Stately homes, built during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in Palladian, Neoclassical and neo-Gothic styles, such as, Castle Ward, Castletown House, Bantry House, are also of interest to tourists. Some have been converted into hotels, such as Ashford Castle, Castle Leslie and Dromoland Castle.
Major Cities in Ireland
Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast.
Major Sports in Ireland
Soccer and Rugby.
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