Ireland (Irish: Éire) is a European island in the Atlantic Ocean, and next to Great Britain. It is divided into four provinces (Leinster, Ulster, Munster, and Connacht) and 32 counties. The Simpsons once visited Ireland when Grampa told them he wanted to visit a pub he used to go, the O'Flanagan's Pub. While Homer and Grampa were at the pub, Marge, Bart, and Lisa visited the Blarney Castle, the Giant's Causeway and the Guinness Brewery.
Ireland's official languages are English and Irish.
Republic of Ireland
The Republic of Ireland (Irish: Poblacht na hÉireann) is a self-governed independent nation. It covers about five-sixths of the island of Ireland and has 26 counties. Its capital is Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath). Other major cities include Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The Republic was created when Southern Ireland gained freedom from the United Kingdom in the early 1900s. Ireland has a President as its head of state and a Taoiseach (prime minister) as its head of government. The Irish Government (Dáil Éireann) meets in Leinster House, Dublin, and the President lives in Áras an Uachtaráin (Irish for 'House of the President').
The Republic's main television channel is 'Radió Teilifís Éireann' (or RTÉ for short).
Places of interest include Dublin City Centre, the Blarney Castle, Newgrange, the Hill of Tara, the Burren and the Rock of Cashel.
Ireland's main exports are beef, lamb, and whiskey. Guinness beer and Tayto crisps are also manufactured here.
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom, which comprises of six of the nine counties of Ulster. It shares an open border with the rest of Ireland, which is only marked by the different style roadsigns used by the UK and the Republic.
Appearences in the Series
- Episode – "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" (Mentioned)
- THOH – "Treehouse of Horror XII" (Mentioned)
- – The Simpsons Movie (Mentioned)
- Episode – "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes" (Mentioned)
- Episode – "In the Name of the Grandfather"
The Irish Language
Gaeilge is the Irish word for Irish. The Irish language is an official language in Ireland, but it is not widely spoken. Certain areas in Ireland speak only Irish. These areas are called the Gaeltacht, and are mostly on the south and west coasts of the country. Irish is taught in all schools in Ireland.