Dramatic coast, unspoiled beaches, scenic landscape, castles and monasteries, picturesque villages, friendly and easy-going people… Even though it is a relatively small island, it is hard to describe it in just a few words. To see the real Ireland, get out of the city and explore the countryside. Have a pint (or two) in a pub and listen to the traditional music. Moan about the weather with locals who are some of the friendliest people we have ever met. We have been living in Ireland for over 11 years and we still enjoy exploring it. Ireland has its magic indeed.
The island of Ireland comprises the Republic of Ireland, which includes 26 counties, and Northern Ireland, which includes six counties in the northeast that are part of the United Kingdom. We cover the island as a whole to make things easier for travellers who might visit both parts of the island in one trip.
Population: 4.6 million in the Republic of Ireland, 1.8 million in Northern Ireland
Area: 70,273 km2 in the Republic of Ireland, 13,843 km2 in Northern Ireland
Capital: Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland
Currency: Euro (EUR) in the Republic of Ireland, Pound Sterling (GBP) in Northern Ireland
Language: English, Irish
Electricity: Plug type G (three square pins), voltage 230V/50Hz
Driving: On the left-hand side of the road
Time: Western European Time Zone (UTC +00:00), Summer (Daylight Saving) Time is observed in Ireland