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Ireland

Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten, and for once the blarney rings true. The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, due as much to the country's almost tangible history as its claim to being the home of the fairies and the 'little people.' Sure, the weather may not always be clement, but the dampness ensures there are fifty shades of green to compensate - just one of the reasons Ireland is called the Emerald Isle.

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Highlights
U2 may be Ireland's loudest cultural export, but of all the arts, the Irish have had the greatest impact on literature. Jigging an evening away to Irish folk music is one of the joys of a trip to Ireland. Most traditional music is performed on fiddle, tin whistle, goatskin drum and pipes. Almost every village seems to have a pub renowned for its music where you can show up and find a session in progress, even join in if you feel so inclined.
Geography/Environment
Ireland's size and island status mean that you are never far from the sea. Ireland's distinctive indented coastline, together with a myriad of lakes and the longest river in the British Isles, the Shannon, means that water is a recurring theme.
Activities
There's more to Ireland than pubs, fiddles and Guinness. It is renowned as a land of sport and it has much to offer the visitor either as a spectator or participant. Perhaps the most important feature of the country's sporting life is the number and variety of activities associated with the horse which has a special place in Irish life going back to antiquity. Cycle the hills, golf the lush greens, fish the teeming waters or take a leisurely cruise on the Shannon. Looking for great information on Dublin? Dublin Tourism has an excellent series of free audio guides called "iWalks" which are available in a podcast for your iPod.
Climate and Weather
Ireland has a temperate climate, winters are not very cold and summers not very warm. The influence of the sea, and Ireland's island nature mean that visits are possible at any time of the year. Average temperatures in the coldest months of January and February are 40ºF rising to between 63ºF and 68ºC in the summer months of July and August. The brightest months are May and June. Rain can be expected at any time of year, the driest part of the island is the greater Dublin area on the east coast.

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Destination Wedding Information
Republic of Ireland
Notice - 3 months
Residency - 15 days (+8 days waiting)
Minimum age - 18

Northern Ireland
Residency - 15 days (+ 7 days waiting)
Minimum age - 16
Ireland Reviews
I have just returned from a 2 week trip to Ireland and yes, it is that green and is a wonderful place for a honeymoon! Check out my blog at Totem Travel Blog for proof! It’s been a while since I was in Ireland and boy has it changed! The growth is amazing...