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Full country name: Éire (Republic of Ireland)
Area: 70,273 sq km
Population: 4,25 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Dublin
Language: English, Gaelic
Religion: Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2%
Government: Democracy, Member of EU
Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0
Dialling Code: 353
Electricity: 230V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Euro
Average yearly salary: USD 42,200

Meals:
Budget: €3-10
Mid-range: €10-15
High: €15-20
Top: €20+
Accommodation:
Budget: €10-30
Mid-range: €30-60
High: €60-80
Top: €120+

Ireland, especially Dublin, is expensive by European standards, but costs vary around the country. €30 can be enough for the budget traveller. Tipping is becoming more common than it once was, but is still not as prevalent as in USA or the rest of Europe.

Geography: Ireland is located in Western Europe, west of Great Britain. Politically, the island is divided into Northern Ireland, a constituent part of Great Britain, and the Republic of Ireland.  Ireland is a unique blend of hills, bogs, lakes, rivers and remote islands with much of the country in the fertile central and eastern plateau -- almost completely surrounded by low mountains and coastal plains. Eight mountain ranges divide the island and support extensive forest lands. The west and north coasts feature spectacular sea cliffs. Besides the ever-waving waters surrounding the island, the River Liffey, running through Dublin on the east coast, is one of the most significant rivers in the country. Rising 12 miles south of the city, it flows in a huge crescent for over 80 miles before entering the sea at Dublin Bay. The Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, runs through pastureland and fertile farmland in the south.

Climate: The temperate climate is due to mild southwesterly winds and the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild. Rain falls all year, so be prepared for lots of it.

Recommended clothing: Lightweights during summer with warmer medium-weights for the winter. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year.

Social conventions: Irish love to talk and are renowned as easy-going people. Tourists are treated like friends in Ireland (especially in bars and pubs). Casual dress is very common.

Health: In general, no special immunizations or vaccinations are required when visiting Ireland.

Food: The traditional Irish dishes include the Irish Stew (usually made with lamb or mutton), the Champ (mashed potatoes with spring onions), Colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage and seasonings) and Soda Bread (bread made of baking soda instead of yeast). Thwe traditional Irish breakfast include fried eggs, sausage, bacon, tomato and black (blood sausage) or white pudding (pork and oatmeal sausage). Seafood is also quite popular in Irish cooking. Salmon, cod and shellfish are used quite often, whereas prawns are popular in Dublin, and an annual oyster festival is held in Galway.

Drink: Guinness is a well-known beer brewed in Dublin, and it is certainly something worth trying. Other popular brands are Murphy’s and Beamish, both of which are brewed in Cork. Irish whiskey is popular all over Europe and it comes in many forms: single malt, single grain and blended.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 17 St Patrick's Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Easter
First Monday in May May Holiday
First Monday in Jun June Holiday
First Monday in Aug Summer Holiday
Last Monday in Oct October Holiday
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 St Stephen's Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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