The Republic of Ireland covers an area of some 70,282 square kilometres (27,136 square miles)and has an estimated population of 3,621,000 (in 1996). Of those, over 1 million live in the greater Dublin area. Generally Ireland has a young population, with 44% of the population under 25. There are 4 regions in Ireland, Ulster, Connaught, Munster and Lenister. Each is subdivided into counties. There are 26 Counties in Southern Ireland, and 6 in the North (Governed by the UK). Ireland is on the Greenwich meridian therefore we are in the GMT Timezone, approximately 5 hours ahead of EST.
Things to do in Ireland
Ireland is a beautiful country with lots to see and do there are 5 main cities in Ireland. Dublin, the capital city is a thriving, bustling and friendly cosmopolitan city which makes it a very popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike. Galway in the West, has a large student population, which brings a young, vibrant atmosphere to the pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops on its busy and colourful streets. The city is full of artistic talent, culture, history and music. Many international artists have moved to the Galway region, inspired by the rugged landscape, the sea and the clear light. Kilkenny in the South East, Waterford on the South East Coast, Cork in the South and Limerick on the Mid West Coast. Wherever you visit in Ireland you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Check out some of the ideas of what to do in Ireland.
Weather in Ireland
The weather in Ireland can vary from one day to the next but it’s not the reason why you visit Ireland.
The coldest months are January and February with daily temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius.
The warmest months are July and August with mean temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius.
The sunniest months are May and June, averaging five to seven hours of sunshine per day.
Average annual rainfall:
800-1200mm (31 to 47 inches) in low lying areas
750mm (30 inches) in some Eastern areas
1500mm (59) inches in parts of the west
2000 mm (79 inches) or more In mountainous areas
Essential Information Ireland
Languages spoken Irish English
Visa requirements Requirements for US citizens: (with onward transportation and passports that are valid for at least 6 months beyond the exit date from the foreign country): For all travellers: Valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.
For more information visit the official Irish Tourist Board