About four fifths of the area of Ireland are national territory of the Republic of Ireland, the remaining one fifth in the northeast of the island belongs to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom (old story).    With an area of 70,273 km², the Republic of Ireland is slightly larger than twice the size of Denmark, or slightly larger than the U.S. state of West Virginia.   The Republic of Ireland has a population of nearly 4,6 million people (2011 census), capital and largest city is Dublin. Spoken languages are Irish (official) and English.



July 2015 Trip to the Emerald Island of Ireland with the DJI Inspire 1 Drone to capture breathtaking never before seen footage of the Cliffs of Moher and Throughout Co. Kerry.

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They run for about 14 kilometres. At their southern end, they rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs, built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien, then continue at lower heights. The closest settlements are Liscannor (6 km south) and Doolin (7 km north)


Tipperary – The Heart of Ireland – Ireland


Ireland is a mix of old and new, quiet countryside and exuberant cities. This “Emerald Isle” is truly a jewel of a destination.


The Clare shale formation is up to 180 m thick around the Shannon Estuary, but is only 12 m thick in North Clare, where the early basin fill is missing . Although it extends across the whole basin, the Clare shale is not exposed in the area around Loop Head so we do not see the base of the overlying Ross Sandstone Formation. However there are exposures of this contact in the cliffs south of the Shannon Estuary just north of Ballybunion. The Clare shale Formation is dominated by black, laminated shales and contains a number of fossiliferous marine bands within it. The character of the Formation, and its stratigraphical position resting on earlier limestones, suggests the original limestone basin was flooded and there was slow suspension deposition of clays under deep, euxinic (oxygen-starved) conditions (Fig. 10). The startlingly extensive exposures of the Clare shale just north of Ballybunnion and south of Leck Point capture its character in the cliffs at Kilcondy Point Cliff.

The Clare Basin was part of a network of Carboniferous basins foundered on stretched continental crust throughout NW Europe and including the British Isles (Fig 1). These basins were distant from and poorly connected to the main oceanic water bodies at the time (Fig 5), and as a result tides were insignificant and the water may even have been brackish, although this latter point is controversial. The discharge of large rivers into poorly connected marine basins may have resulted in dilution of the marine waters. Fully marine faunas are only encountered in the ‘marine bands’ and these almost certainly equate to types of rising sea level when marine water would have flooded into the basins. The Clare Basin, however, was of sufficient size and depth to promote significant deep water waves which approached the coastlines from the SE. These waves had an important role in distributing sediment carried to the delta fronts.




Native Irish speakers. Brilliant. And they say it’s a dead language. Nonsense.


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Irish Culture Facts. The culture of Ireland includes its traditions and customs, as well as folklore, music, language, art, and food. The Gaelic culture originated in Ireland but eventually expanded to Scotland, and much of northwestern Europe.

Land Tenure and Property.Ireland was one of the first countries in Europe in which peasants could purchase their landholdings. Today all but a very few farms are family-owned, although some mountain pasture and bog lands are held in common. Cooperatives are principally production and marketing enterprises. An annually changing proportion of pasture and arable land is leased out each year, usually for an eleven-month period, in a traditional system known as conacre.


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