Ireland Travel Guide

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Ireland Information

Population: 3.91 million

Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0

Driving side: Drivers drive on the left hand side of the road.

Languages: English, Irish, Gaelic

Religion: 95% Roman Catholic
3.4% Protestant in the Republic
60% Protestant
40% Roman Catholic in Northern Ireland.

Emergency #: Police: 112
Fire: 112
Ambulance: 112

Ireland Culture

In spite of its troubled past and the fact that it always seems to be raining, the Irish people are warm, resilient and friendly.

Since the EU injected investment funds into the country it has opened up a number of computer and telecommunications firms bringing jobs and an economic boom to the country.

Ireland Popular Destinations

Dublin The capital and heart of the Irish Republic, Dublin ranks among the top tourist destinations in Europe.

Cork The second largest city in Ireland and uniquely situated on an island between two channels of the Lee River, time passes slowly during the day and the pub scene at night is very lively.

Galway This fascinating little town with its narrow streets, old stone shop fronts, friendly people and university makes it an interesting place to visit.

Waterford Surrounded by medieval city walls, narrow alleyways and a number of old and interesting structures Waterford is a 'must' on an Irish tour.

Aran Islands Inishmor, Inishmaan and Inisheer Until very recently the people of the islands still spoke only Irish and wore traditional Aran dress. The islands are long, flat and bleak.

Ireland Beaches

Easkey West of County Sligo With its long, white undulating beach and high waves, this is the perfect spot for surfing.

Moving Around Ireland

The best way to get around is by car. Trains are expensive and sometimes run intermittently and the bus service leaves much to be desired.

National festival and holidays

12th July Orangemen This is when Northern Ireland really takes to the streets with marching and bands to celebrate the Protestant victory at the Battle of the Boyne.

St. Patrick's Day The Patron Saint of Ireland. The 17th March is a public holiday throughout the land.

Useful Ireland Links

Street Map of Dublin, Ireland
Fully-searchable interactive street map of Dublin city centre and county - DublinMapped.com

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