Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the 3rd largest island in Europe and the 20th largest island on Earth.
It is separated from the neighbouring island of Great Britain by the Irish Sea and the North Channel, which has a width of 23 km at its narrowest point. To the west is the northern Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Celtic Sea, which lies between Ireland and Brittany, in France.
A ring of coastal mountains surround low plains at the centre of the island. The highest of these is Carrauntoohil in County Kerry, which is 1,038 m above sea level. The most arable land lies in the province of Leinster. Western areas can be mountainous and rocky with green panoramic vistas. The River Shannon, the island’s longest river at 386 km long, rises in County Cavan in the north west and flows 113 km to Limerick city in the mid west.
Politically, the island is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the UK, which covers the remainder and is located in the northeast of the island.
The objectives of AFI Ireland include:
- Encouraging participation at the grassroots level, with a focus on youth and community development
- Establishing Footy 9s in the Irish school sports curriculum at both primary and secondary level
- Introducing Footy 9s as a university sport in Ireland
- Providing players with the opportunity to compete in competitions at school and club level in Ireland
- Establishing National Teams (men & women) to compete in matches against other countries
- Securing recognition of Footy 9s as an official sport in Ireland
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