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About Ireland?

Ireland facts

What would you like to know about Ireland? Well, it is a small island, shaped like a teddy bear, off the West coast of Europe, approximately 32,500 square miles in dimension with a population of about 6.5 million and rising. Being so sparsely populated, it rarely gets crowded, so if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday than you have come to the right place! Weather wise we don’t get extremes, with an average temperature of around 5-10 degrees celsius during the winter and 15 - 25 in the summer, if we are lucky! We don't have any nasty bugs, mosquitoes or snakes either, thanks to St Patrick who drove them all out of Ireland a long time ago. Our prevailing winds blow in from the West over the Atlantic ocean which means we get a fair amount of rain or what we call 'soft days' in Ireland, with zero atmospheric pollution. All of this rain has given rise the famous 40 shades of green in Ireland's landscapes....

Ireland by satellite on a clear day!Ireland by satellite on a clear day.

About Ireland

We are very proud of our little island, Ireland is about the fastest growing economy in Europe having hit a bit of speed bump the last few years with the banking crisis (our currency is Euro by the way) and the recession along with our European partners and indeed the rest of the world. But we have a long history of resilience and optimism and would prefer to see the glass of Guinness in our hand as half full, rather than half empty, any day of the week.

Bushmills Inn, County AntrimBushmills Inn, County Antrim

Travel advice

Something else you should know about Ireland is that we are a very friendly nation, easy going, amenable and relatively laid back and while the standards of food and accommodation have greatly improved, we are still hopeless at timekeeping! We are on GMT by the way. Our public transport system too, outside of the main cities is fairly minimal, to say the least. But renting a car is simple enough to do and we have very good motorways linking the main cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast which is in Northern Ireland (the currency up there is Sterling) which always confuses people. Ireland is made up of 32 counties, 26 of which belong to the Republic of Ireland (Irish) while 6 still remain in Northern Ireland (British). It’s a long story 800 years in fact, don't ask? Although it had a happy ending of sorts in that we have spent the whole 2016 celebrating 100 years of Independence....

about Northern ireland

For more about Northern Ireland please click here.

Irelands Hidden Gems