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With the possible exception of going on safari, virtually every sport, pursuit or hobby you could think of is available in Ireland.

Ireland’s extensive coastline of more than 5500 km, plus inland waterways, provides excellent venues for anything to do with water. Worth a separate mention are:-

Fishing, course, game and sea is widely available everywhere. The Fishing In Ireland web site can give you information on great fishiing locations throughout Ireland with updated fishing reports from around the country.

Sailing and boating are immensely popular in Ireland, with well over 100 different clubs and organisations. Full details of sailing clubs and activities can be obtained from the Irish Sailing Association (Tel: (353) (0)1 2800239) who are the national governing body for Sailing in IReland. It promotes high standards and coordinates activities in competitive and leisure sailing in Ireland

The Irish Water Ski adn Wakeboard Federation looks after the interests of skiers and can be contacted through their web site. Ireland’s Federation is affiliated to the International Waterski Federation and is one of the oldest in Europe.
Founded over 40 years ago as the Irish Waterski Association, it later became the national Federation when the Irish Waterski Association and the Northern Ireland Waterski Association combined their activities.

Ireland has a long history of the love of equestrian pursuits. Home to some of the finest studs in the world, Ireland naturally has a strong horse racing and point-to-point fraternity with excellent racecourse facilities around the country - Wherever you are in Ireland you're
never far from a race meeting. With
over 300 race meetings at 27
racecourses, there are countless
racing gems to choose from. Goracing.ie provides a calendar and details of fixtures on their Website.

Cycling is a favourite pastime in Ireland and the expansive scenic countryside is breathtaking. Bikes can be hired in almost every town and can also be transported by air, bus and rail around the country if your pedal power needs refreshing ! Tourist offices have details of organised cycle tours and more information can be obtained from Cycling Ireland.

Walking is an ever popular pursuit and there are numerous walks well signposted throughout Ireland. These vary in length and ease and something can be found for all ages and levels of fitness, from a gentle stroll in the country to the 900 km Ulster Way walk. Of course you don’t have to do the whole 900 km. The tourist board, Bord Failte, publish a booklet "Walking Ireland" and also have free information and maps on walks throughout the Republic.

For the horse riding enthusiast, Equestrian Holidays Ireland provide an extensive list of horse riding holidays and equestrian centres Ireland wide. Facilities include the hire of riding equipment, horse and accommodation if required. Trekking across the beautiful countryside in Ireland on horseback can be a truly memorable holiday.

Not even the briefest look at activities in Ireland would be complete without a mention of golf. There are over 370 golf courses in Ireland varying from the humble to the magnificent. Visitors are generally welcome,The Golfing Union of Ireland (Tel: 01 5054000
) will be pleased to give information to visitors, as will any Bord Failte or Northern Ireland Tourist Board offices. Many holiday companies offer a range of golfing holidays. The standard of courses in Ireland is amongst the highest in the world.

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