Ireland is a land of amazing natural beauty with a rich and colorful heritage.
Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth.
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 oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature.
Irish Culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education.
Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish Music, and the Irish Language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Brittan, including the English Language, and sports such association football, rugby, horse racing and golf.