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Ireland Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

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Ireland travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Ireland.

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Republic of Ireland | Poblacht na hÉireann

Ireland is an island nation in northwestern Europe which occupies most of the island it’s on; however, that island is also known as Ireland, and its only neighbor which shares the island is Northern Ireland (UK) – so things can spiral out of control fast, you see. So it’s helpful to sometimes refer to this sovereign country Ireland as the Republic of Ireland.

I probably shouldn’t joke and remind you that Iceland is Ireland’s neighbor to the west, across the Atlantic 🙂

Across the Celtic Sea to the south is France. Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland, and Ireland is a member of the European Union and the Eurozone currency.

flag of Ireland

Ireland Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Ireland – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Dublin (& largest city)

Population: 4.85 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Irish, English

President: Michael D. Higgins

Taoiseach (Prime Minister): Leo Varadkar

Currency: Euro € (EUR)

Area: 70,273 km2 (27,133 mi2)

Dialing Code: +353

Time Zone: Western European Time “WET” (UTC+0), DST/Summer Time: Western European Summer Time “WEST” (UTC+1)

Demonym: Irish (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Éire (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112 / 999

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18

Age of Consent: 17

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Type G (define)

ISO Country Code: IE

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