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A virtual tour guide to Republic of Ireland, this page is about many aspects of Éire the Irish name for the island. Search and locate official web sites from the country, and find comprehensive information on the nation in its diversity: The Irish culture, history and geography. Get key information on Ireland's economy, education, science, environment, population, and government.
You will have access to news from Ireland and you may visit Irish cities. Find maps and other tourism information for sightseeing, travel and holidays in Ireland.

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Clare-Cliffs
Clare-Cliffs of Moher © Fáilte Ireland
 

Republic of Ireland | Éire

Country Profile


Flag of Ireland
Flag of Ireland

Background:
A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for the 26 southern counties; the six northern counties (Ulster) remained part of Great Britain. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, approved in 1998, was implemented the following year.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

 
Where in Europe is Ireland?

Official Name:
Poblacht na héireann - Republic of Ireland
short form: Éire, Ireland
int'l long form: Republic of Ireland
int'l short form: Ireland

ISO Country Code: ie

Time:
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Local Time = UTC +0h
Actual Time: Fri-Oct-24  18:01
Daylight Saving Time (DST): March - October (UTC +1h)

Country Calling Code: +353

Capital City: Dublin (pop. 500 000)
Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath)
Searchable map of Dublin.

Other Cities:
Cork (123,338), Galway (66 000), Limerick (54 000), Waterford (44 000).

Government:
Type: Parliamentary republic.
Independence: 6 Decembe 1921.
Constitution: 29 December 1937.

Geography:
Location: Northern Europe, Northwest of UK
Area: 70,273 km² (27,136 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Arable 10%, meadows and pastures 77%, rough grazing in use 11%, inland water 2%.

Climate: Temperate maritime, mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time.

People:
Nationality: Noun--Irishman, Irishwoman. Adjective--Irish.
Population: 4.6 (2011 census)
Ethnic Groups: Irish, with English minority.
Religions: Roman Catholic 88.4%; Church of Ireland 3.0%; other 8.7%.
Languages: English, Irish (Gaelic)
Literacy: 99%

Natural resources: Natural gas, peat, copper, lead, zinc, silver, barite, gypsum, limestone, dolomite.
Agriculture products: Turnips, barley, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat; beef, dairy products.

Industries: Food products, brewing, textiles, clothing; chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery, transportation equipment, glass and crystal; software.

Exports partners: USA 20.5%, UK 18.1%, Belgium 12.6%, Germany 8.3%, France 6.1%, Netherlands 5.1%, Italy 4.6% (2003)

Imports partners: UK 34.9%, USA 15.8%, Germany 7.9%, Netherlands 4.1% (2003)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Official Sites of Ireland

Áras an Uachtaráin
The official website of the President of Ireland.

Government of Ireland
Eolas ar Stát na hÉireann - Information on the Irish State.

Department of the Taoiseach
Official site of Ireland's Primeminister.

Thithe an Oireachtais
Houses of the Oireachtas, the Parliament of Ireland.


The Department of Foreign Affairs
Official website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Ireland
Washington D.C.
Irish Embassies abroad
Address list of Ireland's Diplomatic Missions in the world.
Diplomatic Embassies accredited to Ireland
Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Dublin.

Statistics
Central Statistics Office Ireland
Ireland in figures.

Weather
Met Éireann
Irish National Meteorological Service.


 List of Ireland's National Departments, State Agencies and Bodies


Maps
 Map of Ireland
Map of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Map of Northern Ireland
Political Map of Northern Ireland.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Ireland
Searchable map/satellite view of Ireland.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Dublin
Searchable map/satellite view of Dublin.
Map of the United Kingdom
Political Map of the United Kingdom.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.
 

Ireland News

Irish Examiner
Cork, national and international news
Irish Independent Newspaper
Dublin - the Irish Independent Online
Irish Times
Dublin - the Irish Times on the Web.
Sunday Tribune
Online version of the Sunday Tribune.
RTÉ News
Internet News Service from Ireland's National Broadcasting Service.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Culture Ireland
Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
IMMA - Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art.
Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann
The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of Irish art and European master paintings.

National Museum of Ireland
Ireland’s premier cultural institution.

Dublin-National Library Of Ireland
The world's largest collection of Irish documentary material.

Dublin Writers Museum
Enjoy Dublins immense literary heritage.
Irish Writers Centre
National organisation for the promotion of writers and writing in Ireland.
James Joyce Centre
The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to the promotion of an understanding of the life and works of this most famous Dubliner.
 
Dublin-National Library Of Ireland
Dublin-National Library Of Ireland © Fáilte Ireland
 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Ireland
Irish Stock Exchange

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland
Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Transportation

Airlines
Aer Arann
Feeder air service for Ireland and the UK.
Aer Lingus
Ireland's National airline.
Ryanair
Europe's original low fares airline and is still Europe's largest low fares carrier.

Airport
Dublin Airport
Ireland's busiest airport with 50 scheduled airlines operating to 112 regional and international destinations.

Bus
Bus Eireann
Provides bus services throughout Ireland with the exception of Dublin City.

Rail
Iarnród Éireann
Train Services in Ireland.

Ferry
Irish Ferries
Ireland's largest ferry company operating ferries between Ireland and Britain and Ireland and France.

Irish Products
Baileys
Irish Cream.
Guinness
Irish Beer.
 


Destination Ireland - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Ireland: Cork, Kerry, Dublin, East Coast Midlands, West, Northwest and Lakelands, South East.
Links to accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tours and much more.


Bord Fáilte - Welcome to Ireland
Official Website of the Irish Tourist Board with comprehensive travel and tourism information.

Tourism Ireland
Tourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday destination.

Ireland Regions:
Ireland North West & Lakelands
Tourism guide to Ireland North West regions: Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, and Sligo.
South East Ireland
Explore Ireland's South East: the Counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, and Wexford.

The Hidden Ireland
Collection of historic private houses, which offer stylish accommodation
Ireland's Eye
Ireland Tourism, Culture, History and Special Features.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ireland:
Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne (Brú na Bóinne Complex)
Brú na Bóinne is Europe's largest and most important concentration of prehistoric megalithic art. The complex display longevity of settlement whose origins are found in Neolithic settlements. The various monuments, particularly the great passage tomb, represent important cultural, social, artistic and scientific developments over a considerable length of time.

Skellig Michael
This monastic complex from the 7th century, is perched on the steep sides of the rocky island of Skellig Michael. It illustrates the very spartan existence of the first Irish Christians. Since the extreme remoteness of the island has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved.

World Heritage Ireland
Learn more about Ireland's World Heritage sites.

Dublin
Visit Dublin
The official online tourist office for Dublin.


Hotels
Hotels in Ireland
Find a Hotel in Ireland.
 
Northern Ireland
OWNO's Northern Ireland page.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Bru na Boinne Complex
Brú na Bóinne Complex. Image: World Heritage Ireland

Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael. Image: World Heritage Ireland

Dublin-Luttrellstown Castle
Dublin-Luttrellstown Castle © Fáilte Ireland


Cork-Eyeries - Beara Peninsula
Cork-Eyeries Village Beara Peninsula
© Fáilte Ireland

Education


National College of Art and Design
Offers the largest range of art and design degrees in Ireland.

Trinity College Dublin
The University of Dublin, Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland.
Dublin City University
DCU is a young university, awarded university status in 1989.
National University Of Ireland
Ireland's largest university, established 1908.
University College Cork
University College Cork is made up of four Colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences;
Business and Law; Medicine and Health; Science, Engineering and Food Science.
University College Dublin
Ireland's largest University, founded in1851.
University of Limerick
The university is located near the city of Limerick, established in 1972.

 
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin - Old Library 
© Fáilte Ireland

Environment & Nature

Government Bodies
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Official website of the department.
Environmental Protection Agency - Ireland
Official website with information about the work and function of the agency.

NGOs
Friends of the Earth Ireland
Since October 2004, the Irish section of the world's largest environmental network.
Friends of the Irish Environment - FIE
Ireland's longest established environmental campaigning website.

National Parks
National Parks & Wildlife Service - NPWS
This site describes the functions of NPWS and you will find information about all six National Parks in Ireland.
BurrenLIFE
Site about the Burren landscape with its natural and cultural heritage and informs about the environment protection work of the BurrenLIFE Project.
Coole Park and Gardens
Tourist information for Coole Park, now a nature reserve close to Galway.
Heritage Ireland
The site will introduce you to many National Monuments, historic houses, parks and gardens, some of the many and varied attractions of Ireland's rich heritage.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Official website with in-depth information on the wildlife and landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park.
 
 

History

The National Archives of Ireland
Amalgamation of the Public Record Office of Ireland and the State Paper Office.

CAIN: Conflict Archive on the Internet
The Conflict Archive on the INternet, a multimedia database of resources relevant to teaching and research on the Northern Ireland conflict.
CELTS (Corpus of Electronic Texts)
The Free Digital Humanities Resource for Irish history, literature and politics.
Irish History Timeline
Key events in the social, cultural, and political history of Ireland.

Saint Patrick
Wikipedia entry about the most generally recognized patron saint of Ireland.
The Story of the Irish race
Irish history.
A Timeline of Irish History
Irish Timeline and History.
WWW-VL: HISTORY OF IRELAND
Resource for researching a wide variety of Irish history topics.

Celts
Celtic Art and Cultures
Celtic art and cultures from several European countries.
Celts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Crannog-Lake Dwelling
Bronze Age - Crannog-Lake Dwelling-
Craggaunowen Clare  © Fáilte Ireland

Search

Alice's Virtual Restaurant - Irish Buffet
A link collection of Irish sites.

SearchEngine.ie
A searchengine to Irish sites and business.


Additional Information on Ireland

BBC News Country Profile: Ireland

Open Directory Project: Ireland

Wikipedia: Ireland

The World Factbook -- Ireland
 
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