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Capital: Dublin
Time Zone: UTC/GMT
Population: 4,581,269
Languages: Irish, English
Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro
Climate: Ireland enjoys a temperate maritime climate, due mainly to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the Gulf Stream

Ireland is an island to the north west of continental Europe. In terms of land mass, it is the third largest island in Europe and the twentieth largest island in the world and has a coastline of 3,172 kilometres (1,970 miles). Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. In terms of land mass, The Republic of Ireland is 70,282 square kilometres (27,136 square miles) and Northern Ireland is 14,139 square kilometres (5,459 square miles). According to a census taken in 2011, the population of the Republic of Ireland is 4,581,269. The capital, Dublin, has an urban area population of 1,110,627. Ireland is a truly multicultural state, being home to people from all over the world, including; Poland, United Kingdom, China, India, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Philippines, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. Interestingly, it is also estimated that some 80m people of Irish descent live outside Ireland.

Ireland's highest mountain is Carrauntoohil (in County Kerry) which peaks at 1,038 metres (3,405ft). The highest waterfall is Powerscourt Falls, in County Wicklow which has a water drop of 106 metres (350 ft). The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon measuring some 386 kilometres (240 miles).

English is the most commonly used language in Ireland, although Irish is the 'official' first language of the country. Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC), which is now known as the European Union (EU), in 1973, adopting the Euro in 1999, although the notes and coins were not circulated until 1st January 2002.

Ireland is the 4th most popular travel destination for British nationals with 3.579m visitors. In 2011, Ireland was ranked 26th (ahead of Saudia Arabia, but just behind South Africa) in the world; with some 8m international tourist arrivals. According to Tourism Ireland, in 2011, overseas tourism business accounted for 63% (over €3.1bn) of all tourism revenue. Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, contributing in excess of 4% of GNP (gross national product) and providing employment for over 200,000 people in every community throughout the island.

The largest towns and cities in the Republic of Ireland are; 1. Dublin (city population) 527,612, 2. Cork 119,230, 3. Galway 75,259, 4. Tallaght 71,504, 5. Limerick 57,106, 6. Waterford 46,732, 7. Swords 36,924, 8. Dundalk 31,149, 9. Drogheda 30,393 10. Navan 28,158. There are also 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland which are; Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow, Wexford, Westmeath.

According to Failte Ireland, the National Tourist Authority for Ireland, the top 5 'paid' tourist attractions in Ireland in 2011 were; Dublin Zoo, Guiness Storehouse (Dublin), the National Aquatic Centre (Blanchardstown, near Dublin), Cliffs of Moher (on the west coastline) and The Book of Kells, which is held at the Trinity College Library in Dublin. The top 5, 'free' tourist attractions were; The National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin), the Botanic Gardens (Glasnevin, Dublin), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Farmleigh (former residence of the Guiness family in Dublin) and Holy Cross Abbeey in Tipperary. There are also many castles scattered across Ireland.

Other sights worth taking in are; Bru na Boinne, a historic landscape on the banks of the Boyne, which has many prehistoric monuments. The Burren, a limestone plateau with ancient monuments and strange rock formations, situated between the Aran Islands and Galway. The Lakes of Killarney and Ring of Kerry, which boasts a spectacular coastal scenery, ancient monuments, lakes, castles and beautiful mountain landscapes. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, built in 1497, but full renovated and now offering a medieval banquet in the evenings, complete with period entertainment.

Ireland has an equable climate with temperatures fairly uniform all over the country. The climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream with the prevailing winds mostly coming from the south west.The coldest months are January and February with average temperatures of between 4°C and 7°C. July and August are the warmest months, with average temperatures of 20°C and May and June are normally the sunniest.

Ireland is well serviced by European and International airlines which fly into the following airports; Cork Airport (ORK), Donegal Airport (CFN), Dublin Airport (DUB), Kerry County Airport (KIR), Knock International Airport (NOC), Shannon Airport (SNN) and Waterford Airport (WAT). There are scheduled nonstop flights from Britain, continental Europe and North America to Dublin and Shannon, and good non-stop connections from Britain and continental Europe to Cork and Knock. Airlines flying into Ireland include; Adria Baltic; Air Canada; Air France; Air Malta; Air Transat; Air Southwest; American Airlines; BMI; British Airways; City Jet; Continental; Delta Airlines; EasyJet; Etihad Airways; Finnair; Flybe; Flyglobespan; German Wings; Iberia; Lufthansa; Luxair; Malev Hungarian Airlines; Ryanair; S7 Airlines; Scandinavian Airlines; Swiss Airlines; Turkish Airlines; US Airways;

General information:

Ireland, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area. This means that British Citizens do not require a passport to visit Ireland. However, Irish immigration officers will check the IDs of all passengers arriving by air from the UK and most airlines will not carry passengers to and from Ireland unless they have seen satisfactory photographic ID before boarding. Travellers to Ireland are therefore advised to take their British passports with them.

British nationals visiting Ireland should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles British nationals to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during the visit. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Irish nationals, so if an Irish national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, British nationals will have to pay the same fee. The EHIC does not cover repatriation or ongoing medical treatment, therefore all travellers are advised to have adequate travel insurance.

According to the FCO, The Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) will offer support and practical assistance to victims of crime. This includes liaison with travel companies and financial institutions and, in emergency situations, arranging accommodation, meals and transport. The service is free and Ireland-wide.

Driving in Ireland is on the left and British nationals are permitted to drive using a full UK Driving Licence. Motorists in Ireland drive on the left hand side of the road unlike most of the rest of the EU. Ireland road network consists of primary roads, secondary roads, motorways, bypasses and dual carriageways. There are different speed limits on these roads and the maximum speed limit in Ireland is 120 kilometres per hour. The current speed limits are as follows;  in towns and cities is 50 kph (30 mph), National roads including dual carriageways is 100 kph (62 mph), Regional and Local roads (non-national roads) is set at 80 kph (50 mph) and Motorways are limited to 120 kph (74 mph). Some roads have special speed limits applied and these will be 30 kph or 60 kph. The Republic has an extensive network of public roads connecting all parts of the country. As of 31 December 2007, there was a total of 5,427.58 km of national roads: 2,743.606 km of national primary routes (including motorways) and 2,683.974 km of national secondary routes.

New legal drink and drive limits were introduced on 28 October 2011. The new limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.05%) for fully licensed drivers, and 20ml of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.02%) for professional, learner or novice drivers. Those found to be driving over the limit will be heavily penalised and could, depending on the circumstances, face imprisonment. The Garda traffic police are empowered to (and do), conduct random breath tests. It is also illegal to drive whilst holding or using a mobile phone. The wearing of seatbelts in the front and rear of the car is mandatory. 

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