Facts about Ireland

Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and which covers the remaining area located in the north-eastern part of the island. Ireland is made up of relatively low-lying mountains that surround a central plain that extends into the country. Ireland’s lush vegetation comes as a result of the island’s mild climate and frequent rainfall.

What to see in Ireland?

The most visited destination is Dublin, the capital of Ireland with the large university, Trinity College, where the old Book of Kells is located. Dublin’s main attractions are Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and the iconic Abbey Theater. The west coast of Ireland is the most scenic area in the country. Killarney in the southwest of County Kerry is, in addition to being a very attractive town, the ideal starting point to visit the three tourist regions, which offer dramatic wild landscapes and spectacular scenic rugged shores. This area is called the Ring of Kerry – a circular journey around the Dingle Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.

On the west coast, Connemara is located in the northwestern part of County Galway, where you can see mountains with a deep and rich color of green. The city of Galway is an important tourist center and is called the gateway to the scenic areas. Galway is a busy city with a lively nightlife and has charming pedestrian streets and plenty of pubs and cafes.

Kilkenny in the south east of Ireland is known as the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny has a vibrant nightlife, attractive streets, great shopping, a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its many medieval buildings. Cork, located on the River Lee in the south of the country, is the second largest city in Ireland. The Elizabeth Fort Market Festival takes place on Sundays within the historic forts walls and here you can buy local crafts, gourmet food and you can see great entertainment with music and shows.

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    The language of Ireland?

    What language is spoken in Ireland?

    In Ireland, the official language is mostly English, though with a strong local accent. Gaelic is also the official language and most road and street signs are bilingual, however, not all Irish people speak Gaelic.

    How many inhabitants does Ireland have?

    The total population of Ireland is approximately 4,590,000

    What is the capital of Ireland?

    The capital and largest city of Ireland is Dublin

    When did Ireland join the EU?

    Ireland is a member of the EU, the country was acceded to on 1 January 1973

    Is Ireland part of Schengen?

    Ireland is not part of the Schengen cooperation

    Is Ireland a member of NATO?

    Ireland is not a member of the NATO alliance

    What time is it in Ireland?

    Ireland has a time zone of UTC +0. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Ireland?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Ireland?

    When is the best time to holiday in Ireland?

    The climate in Ireland is temperate, which makes Ireland a destination that can be visited all year round. Note that it can be cool at night, even in summer.

    Ireland has undeservedly gained a reputation for raining all the time. Occasionally it rains, but it does not last long and the sun can appear at any time. The sunniest region in Ireland is the south east.

    There is rarely snow in Ireland and the temperature in winter rarely drops below freezing. July and August are the warmest months. No part of the country is more than 110 kilometers from the sea, this is the reason why the temperatures do not vary much from place to place.

    Is it safe to travel in Ireland?

    Ireland is among the safest countries in the world to travel in. However, like most other countries, Ireland has problems with pickpockets in the big cities. Apart from that, you can move safely both in cities and in rural areas.

    Family holiday with children in Ireland

    If you need to take children on holiday to Ireland, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

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