Northern Ireland is a friendly and sociable country with a lot to offer. In fact, in recent years the Office of National Statistics rated Northern Ireland as the happiest place to live in the UK!
This is down to many factors including the beautiful scenery, low cost of living and great employment opportunities as well as our optimistic view on life. There is an abundance of public parks, as well as countless beaches and forests. Northern Ireland’s capital city is currently thriving in an era of tremendous regeneration with an abundance of award winning restaurants and bars across the city as well as tourist attractions including the recently constructed Titanic Belfast Center, located within the up and coming Titanic Quarter.
With just a short drive from Belfast you are nearby to any number of attractions, from the legendary Giant’s Causeway to the scenic Lakelands of Fermanagh, the Walls of Derry, the stunningly beautiful Mountains of Mourne, the golden beaches of the North Coast and the green Glens of Antrim.
Explore the great outdoors and you will find dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains, lakes, world class golf courses, superb fishing, water sports, walking trails, scenic drives and historical landmarks.
Northern Ireland Today – Key Facts
- Ideally situated between mainland Europe and the United States
- Population 1.8 million
- Capital city – Belfast
- Three airports – daily flights to UK and European destinations
- Under two hours by road from Belfast to Dublin- the capital city of the Republic of Ireland
- Modern road and rail network
- The highest availability of super-fast broadband in the UK
- 100 gigabyte per second telecoms link between Northern Ireland, Europe and North America
Points of Interest
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Northern Ireland on the world stage
Northern Ireland wouldn’t be the same without its colorful combination of characters. For such a small country we have a lot of famous people who have made an impact all across the world. To name but a few we have on the big screen a big presence led by Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan, Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Rea, James Nesbitt, Roma Downey and Sam Neill, also playwrights Martin Lynch and Marie Jones.
Sport is important in the lives of many Northern Irish people with many Irish sportsmen and women enjoying international stature – including football legends George Best, Harry Gregg, Pat Jennings and Martin O’Neill, golfing champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clark, Formula One driver Eddie Irvine, snooker world champions Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor and Olympic gold medalist Mary Peters.
Northern Ireland has produced a wealth of world renowned writers, among them Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, C.S Lewis, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, playwright Brian Friel and screenwriter Brian Moore.
In recent years Northern Ireland’s film industry has enjoyed tremendous success as the base for a host of large-scale productions including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and the BBC drama series ‘The Fall.’ Northern Ireland is now regarded as a “sleeping giant” for film production says HBO executive Jay Roewe, due in part to it’s scenic rural locations and highly skilled talent pool.
Northern Ireland has given the world a wealth of musical talent having produced such greats as Van Morrison, Gary Moore, James Galway, Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, The Undertones, Ash, Stiff Little Fingers and Snow Patrol.
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