The island's geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable climate which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the Middle Ages. As of 2013, the amount of land that is wooded in Ireland is about 11% of the total, compared with a European average of 35%. There are 26 extant mammal species native to Ireland. The Irish climate is very moderated and classified as oceanic. As a result, winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area. However, summers are cooler than those in Continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.
Micheál Martin told the Dáil that Ireland had "entered reservations" about the plans to increase the tax to 15% due to "the lack of certainty." ... She asked if that comes to pass, what will Ireland's "single most identifable" element of industrial policy be.
Ireland will play a warm-up match against Scotland and a three-match T20International series against UAE at the ICCAcademy in Dubai as part of a preparation camp ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in October ... The Ireland squad will leave for the UAE on Friday, and will undertake a mandatory six-day hotel quarantine before being able to begin training.
The very well-priced fixed lunch menu is £30 a head — throwing in a couple of wine pairings and you’ll hit your £100, and be more than satisfied with some of the strongest cooking in NorthernIreland. There are a host of superb watering holes in Belfast and beyond, but, for me, there’s always a special place reserved for PedroDonald’s spots.
“We now have a situation where shiploads, huge shiploads, are being imported into Ireland... He put it to Mr Noonan that equivalent journeys for domestically sourced stocks averaged 10km, a claim previously made by industry body GrowingMedia Ireland (GMI), who said last weekend’s shipment was necessary due to rapidly depleting peat reserves.
But while we chatted, he presented me with a silver lapel pin in the shape of a pike, commemorating 1798, Ireland’s Year of theFrench. Although I didn’t realise it then, I had just been recruited into his army reserve (albeit as a mere “private”, a station above which I never rose).
Belfast, NorthernIreland (CNN)NadeneCaldwell doesn't want to be called an underdog anymore ... However, that remains a dream for many women athletes in Northern Ireland ... Next July, she and the rest of the Northern Ireland squad, who rank 48th globally, will face off in a competition reserved for Europe's 16 best.
The initiative came about after Randal Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, offered a home for animals released from Ireland's first dedicated wildlife hospital in nearby GarlowCross. For several years, Mr Plunkett has been rewilding 750 acres of his 1600-acre estate as a nature reserve.