Republic of Ireland Overview
Ireland is called Eire in Irish or Gaelic, the ancient language of Ireland. The country is also called the Emerald Isle because of its beautiful green countryside. Rolling farmlands, which are mainly pasture, cover much of the central part of the country, and mountains rise near the coasts.
Dublin, Cork and Galway all make great city break destinations, but if you can spare more time, the best way to see the Emerald Isle is to rent a car and explore. For a little country, there’s a lot to see, from the otherworldly limestone landscapes of the Burren and the rugged beauty of Connemara, to the wild western coastline, the monastic site of Clonmacnois, and the prehistoric monuments in Sligo.
You’ll discover on a Friday night, spirits in the district of Temple Bar in Dublin are sky high. Bars are packed with young folk, pints of Guinness, and a blur of accents from all over Ireland and the world.
Ireland has a mild, wet climate. Temperatures average about 41 °F (5 °C) in winter and 59 °F (15 °C) in summer. The worst months are between November and February, when the weather is cold and the days are short.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 4.1 million
LANGUAGE: English, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge)
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
Country Dialling Code: +353
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC 0