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About Ireland


The island of Ireland is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Britain and to the extreme north-west of Europe. The time zone is GMT throughout the island of Ireland.


The Republic of Ireland is 70,273 km² and has 4.67 million inhabitants (2016).
Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught divide the country into four provinces and into 32 counties. Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Dublin, the capital, are the largest cities.


The country is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy and is a member of the European Union.


The economy of Ireland is known for its high technology grouping, the largest one being the computer sector, then pharmaceuticals and engineering. Our currency is the Euro (€).


The official languages of Ireland are Irish and English. It also has a welcome by its inhabitants that’s second to none, as well as being a popular tourist destination for its breath-taking scenery, historical sites, traditional music and dance.
Make sure your Passport or Identity card is valid for the duration of your stay in Ireland, a copy of which will be required with your application.
Non-EU passport holders should check with their local Irish Embassy or Irish Consulate.

Travelling Around Ireland:

By Bus:
By Train:
By Plane:

Phoning Home:

You can purchase a SIM card in Ireland to keep down the cost of calling home, but you will need to contact your phone service provider to unlock your phone for travel abroad. Emails can be sent from a local internet cafe.


Average temperature in Cork, Ireland

Bank holidays:

New Year’s Day (1 January)
St. Patrick’s Day (17 March)
Easter Monday (28 March 2016, 17 April 2017, 2 April 2018)
First Monday in May, June, August
Last Monday in October
Christmas Day (25 December)
St. Stephen’s Day (26 December)