Excited to experience the Emerald Isle? You should be! Ireland guarantees its visitors a warm welcome whether you’re heading to Galway or Dublin. Learn more about the country that brought the world Guinness, the writings of Oscar Wilde and music ranging from Celtic songs to U2. 
  • The Republic of Ireland is an independent nation, while Northern Ireland is governed by the United Kingdom. Some of the biggest cities in the Republic of Ireland are Cork, Louth and the famous capital, Dublin.
  • The currency of the Republic of Ireland is the euro. If you head to Northern Ireland, to visit Belfast City, for example, you will find that the currency here is the pound sterling (£).
  • The Irish are famous for loving to talk. English and Irish (Gaeilge) are the two official languages in the Republic of Ireland. Failte (fawl-cha) is ‘welcome’ in Gaelic.
  • 80% of the population are Roman Catholic. The patron saint of Ireland is Saint Patrick, who is said to have rid the country of snakes. Experiencing St.Patrick’s Day in Ireland is an unforgettable experience!
  • Ireland has a hilly geography and is known as the Emerald Isle because of its rolling green landscape. Bring an umbrella as the breathtaking scenery is down to the large rainfall. 
  •  This small nation really packs a punch with a reported 30,000 castles! And if the weather is bad, you can seek shelter in one of the country’s thousands of lively pubs.

From the Guinness Factory to the Wild Atlantic Way, there is so much to see and do in Ireland. Check out our travel articles below and plan your trip!