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Visiting Ireland?

Tourism is a very important industry for Ireland.

Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo, Ireland (c)Tourism Ireland

Last year, approximately 6.8 million tourists visited the island of Ireland contributing about €3.7 billion to the economy and helping to sustain 240,000 jobs in communities across the island. Germany is Ireland’s third-largest source of visitors with over 480,000 visitors from Germany arriving in Ireland in 2013, our highest number yet.

Getting to Ireland has never been easier with new air routes and additional seat capacity available in 2014 from the US and Canada, from mainland Europe and Great Britain and from long haul markets via the Gulf.

Ireland's main tourist attractions include its rich cultural heritage, scenery, friendly people and relaxed way of life. It is also a popular location for sporting enthusiasts with numerous golf courses in addition to fishing, cycling, riding, water sports and other activities.

2014 is set to be another exciting year for visitors to Ireland as they get to experience Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching all the way from the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork. The new route will rival the world’s best driving tours, along 2,500 km of the wildest, most captivating scenery, with lots to do and see along the way.

Person surfing at Inch Strand Co. Kerry by Jonathan Hession 2005

Among the highlights to date in 2014 has been the ‘Grand Partenza’ or ‘Big Start’ of the famous Giro d’Italia cycle race which brought more than 200 of the world’s top professional cyclists to Belfast, Armagh and Dublin in May.

Other events to look out for include Limerick City of Culture and the Croke Park Classic, when the University of Central Florida takes on Penn State, bringing all the razzmatazz of their college football season opener to Dublin.

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The following links can also provide you with more information on Ireland as a tourist destination:

If you want to learn more about Ireland, you can read Ireland in Brief, in English and German

Study in Ireland

Ireland is not just a destination for tourists. Increasingly, it is a destination for international students, providing educational excellence in a safe, English-speaking environment.

Ireland combines a long tradition of scholarship with strong links between a dynamic education sector and cutting-edge research and industry.

For information on studying in Ireland, please visit the Education in Ireland website