Ireland is made up of 32 counties, 6 in the north and 26 in the south. Dublin is the capital of the south and Belfast in the north. On 6 December, 1921, Eire (southern Ireland) obtained independence from Great Britain. The north counties stayed with Britain. Reunification is currently in negotiation.
There are many Irish people and their descendants who have contributed their talents to society. The following names and contributions are but a few:
Music: The Chieftans, Enya, Clannad, U2, The Corrs, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Couter, James Galway, Frank Patterson
Film: Angela’s Ashes, Michael Collins, War of the Buttons, Ryan’s Daughter, Circle of Friends, The Quiet Man, In America, Waking Ned Devine
Writers: Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, John Synge, Maeve Binchey, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, Frank McCourt
Sports: Eamon Coughlin and Sonja O’Sullivan (runners), Jack Dempsey and John O’Sullivan (boxers), Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly (cyclists), Mary Peters (track and field)
Crafts: Crystal (Waterford, Tipperary, Galway, Tyrone), Pottery (Belleek, Royal Tara, Irish Hammersley), Aran Sweaters (used in Titanic), Donegal Tweed, Irish Tweeds, Irish Linens (plain and Damask), Irish Wools (Báinín)