Ireland is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its emerald green landscape could truly be considered one of the Wonders of the World. However, the people of Ireland have endured much turmoil throughout the country's history, especially in the north. Most of Ireland (generally Catholics) wanted to be their own country, the Republic of Ireland, but there were a few counties that wanted to remain under British rule and a part of the United Kingdom (generally Protestants). These counties call themselves Northern Ireland. There has been fighting in the north over this issue for hundreds of years, but the fighting increased in the early 1970's. This time period is called "The Troubles." Although the fighting has subsided, tensions are still high. Let's travel to Northern Ireland to find out more about the Troubles, and of course, view several of the main attractions Ireland has to offer. Throughout your journey, you may click on maps, images, or links when prompted, to continue further in the tour. You may also use the navigation bars at the top to immediately go to a specific page. Click on "Northern Ireland" in the map above to begin your journey. Enjoy!
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