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Facts About Ireland

Regional Population: 4,015,676

Time Zone: London

Local Currency: EUR

Latitude: 53.4129100

Longitude: -8.2438900

The Republic of Ireland is an island state in Western Europe. It constitutes the main portion of the island of Ireland, with Northern Ireland—which is part of the United Kingdom—covering the remainder in the northeast.

Ireland offers a variety of natural and urban attractions for visitors. It is made up of a ring of coastal mountains surrounding low central plains. The island’s lush vegetation, a product of its mild climate and frequent but soft rainfall, earns it the sobriquet “Emerald Isle.”

Ireland’s cities are also major tourist attractions, with the capital Dublin being the most popular. Dublin’s excellent pubs, fine architecture and good shopping (and, of course, the Guinness Brewery, founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness) have made it the fourth most visited European capital. Cork, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford are also popular Irish cities. Golf is a popular sport in Ireland and golf tourism is a major industry.

Top Trips: road trips to Ireland

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Articles About Ireland

Ireland Hiking Adventure: 10 Days From Dublin to Dingle

Hike the Emerald Isle with experienced tour guides who lead you on a scenic journey through the Irish countryside.

Cause Abroad, American Girl Experience and Family Deals

Walk for charity, pamper your American Girl, visit Vancouver and bring the whole crew for cheap to Ireland or Mexico.

Family Deals: Chicago, Ireland and Iceland

Check out these great deals for family travel in the Windy City, Emerald Isles and the Land of Fire and Ice—plus a new family-friendly program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts.