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, it 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 the south and 6 in the North (Governed by the UK). The country is on the Greenwich meridian, therefore, we are in the GMT Timezone, approximately 5 hours ahead of EST.
Things to do in Ireland
It is a beautiful country with lots to see and do there in its 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 to this beautiful wild country you are guaranteed a warm welcome.
Honeymoons in Ireland
The Irish are full of charm so a honeymoon is a great choice of destination. Start your Honeymoon with a few nights in the capital city of Dublin and then take a rental car out into the countryside and visit some of their wonderful Castles and beaches.
The best time to visit Ireland is in the summer when the days are long and the sun can be found on the odd day! Dublin makes the perfect city break but a drive around this beautiful island will leave you with many memories.
Weddings in Ireland
Many celebrities have chosen a wedding in Ireland as their destination of celebration. There are many options to consider such as Carbra Castle with its long history dating back to 1790. or to the luxury five-star resorts such as the KClub or The Adare Manor . For assistance in planning your wedding in Ireland, contact go easy travel by telephone 01256 536020 or email, for your personal quotation.
Golf In Ireland
Golfing in Ireland is one of the nicest ways to spend your time if you love the game. There are so many golf courses in Ireland to choose from that it’s hard to know exactly where to start. A golf break in Ireland can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. From the luxury five star resort KClub to the four-star hotel Carlton House Hotel to one of the many guest houses offering Bed and Breakfast.
Go easy travel can help with booking tee times and suggesting the right golf course for the ability of the golfers wishing to play. Call 01256 536020 or email today for more information
Car Hire Ireland and Driving Tips
All traffic drives on the LEFT-hand side of the road and roundabouts go clockwise. If you have never experienced driving on the Left and are generally not a confident driver it will take you a few days to get used to driving conditions here.
To drive a car in Ireland, you will need a current, valid EU or American drivers license in addition to your Passport for Identification. If you are planning to bring your own car by ferry, it must have a current, valid EU registration. The insurance regulations and costs for private cars are extreme. If you are visiting friends or relatives, do not expect to borrow a car.
Road Signs are marked in a mixture of Miles and Kilometres. The standard format on new roads and upgraded signposts is Kilometres. Our Speed limits are much the same as in the UK, 30mph (50km) in built up area’s and around towns, 60mph (100 km) on the Dual Carriageways and Main Roads, and 70mph or (115km) on our Motorways.
Take Care, especially at Junctions. If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident you must report this to the GARDAI, (POLICE), and should do this before leaving the scene. You can contact the GARDAI from any telephone by dialling 999. All emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialling 999 including the Fire Service, Ambulance and Coastal Rescue. If you are DRIVING A HIRE CAR and are unfortunate enough to have an accident you must also inform the CAR HIRE COMPANY. You will find their contact details on the Hire Documents you received at the time of hire.
Ireland is a great country to visit and hire a car as the countryside is so beautiful. Hire a car from Dublin Airport and drive down into the county of Wicklow and beyond. Stay on a Farm in a bed and breakfast or visit the Waterford Crystal factory and take home a little reminder of Ireland. Call 01256 536020 or email for car hire rates
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