Currency : Euro
Capital : Dublin
Major City : Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Drogheda, Dundalk
Time Zone : Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC + 00:00)
First language : English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official) spoken mainly in areas along the western coast
National Airline : Aer Lingus
ISD code : +353
Geography : Located in North West Europe The only country with which Ireland has a land border is the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland). Ireland’s other neighbours (over water) are the UK (Scotland, England, and Wales) and the Isle of Man (a British “crown dependency,” technically not part of the UK). Beyond that, you’re out on the open ocean until you hit France, Spain, Iceland, Greenland, or Canada.
About Country : The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer. The 9th-century Book of Kells and other illustrated manuscripts are on show in Dublin’s Trinity College Library. Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” for its lush landscape, the country is dotted with castles like medieval Cahir Castle.
Tourist Facts : Tourism in the Republic of Ireland is one of the biggest contributors to the economy of The Republic of ireland, with over 7.3 million people visiting the country in 2014, about 1.6 times Ireland’s population. Each year about €5bn in revenue is made from economic activities directly related to tourists, accounting for about 4% of GNP and employing over 200,000 people. In 2011 alone, Ireland was voted ‘Favourite holiday destination in the World’ by readers of Frommer’s Guide, Lonely Planet listed Ireland as the world’s friendliest country and Cork City as one of the top ten cities in the world and the Irish tourist boards website, DiscoverIreland.com, was named the best tourist board website in the world. Most tourists visiting Ireland come from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and France.
Places to visit : The Cliffs of Moher, Trinity College (Dublin), Glendalough (Co. Wicklow), Grafton Street, Muckross house & Gardens, Killarney. Co. Kerry, Powerscourt House & Gardens, Dalkey and Killiney on Dublin’s South Coast, The Aran Islands,The Little Museum of Dublin, The Ring of Kerry, St. Stephen’s Green, Kinsale, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Shop St. (Galway), The English Market (Cork), The Rock of Cashel.
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