Ireland. General Information about Ireland. Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe , and the twentieth-largest island in the world.
Our fathers fought before us,That's proudly floating o'er us.We're children of a fighting race,That never yet has known disgrace,We'll chant a soldier's song.Soldiers are we whose lives are pledged to Ireland;Some have come from a land beyond the wave.Sworn to be free, No more our ancient sire landShall shelter the despot or the slave.Tonight we man the gap of danger In Erin's cause,We'll chant a soldier's song.
7.1 Literature and the Arts
The stately homes, built during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in Palladian, Neoclassical and neo-Gothic styles, such as, Castle Ward, Castletown House, Bantry House, are of interest to tourists, and those converted into hotels, such as Ashford Castle, Castle Leslie and Dromoland Castle can be enjoyed as accommodation.