The six counties of Northern Ireland are the counties of Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Down, Armagh and Londonderry. These six counties are those that chose to become separate, independent entities after opting out of the Irish Free State in 1922.Know More
The boundaries of the six counties of Northern Ireland have their roots in the centralized planning done during the early 16th century. The counties, however, existed in one form or another prior to this official division. The six counties were also local administrative centers of the region after the 1989 Local Government Act.
As of 2014, the six counties of Northern Ireland still have limited political status with car license plates being assigned identifiers according to their county of registration. Until 1996, the six counties were also used by the Royal Mail service for mail sorting.
In 1972, the six-county local administration system was replaced with a system of 26 unitary councils. These councils have boundaries which may cross existing county borders. As of 2014, these 26 unitary councils serve as the main form of local government in Northern Ireland and have limited authority over issues such as community services and building control.Learn more about Europe
The nickname of Ireland is "The Emerald Isle." The nickname comes from the large amounts of green grasses and rolling hills that can be seen all over the country.Full Answer >
Ireland's main source of economic growth is its exports, and the country is one of the world's biggest exporters of pharmaceuticals. Its other exports include animals, animal products and computers.Full Answer >
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is the country's largest city, with a population of just over one million as of 2014. Dublin covers an area of 44.5 square miles.Full Answer >
There are no snake species native to or naturally occurring in Ireland. In fact, Ireland is home to only one species of reptile, the viviparous lizard. However, snakes are found in zoos as well as other wildlife exhibits.Full Answer >