World Travels - Learn about Ireland
"May the road rise to meet you
may the wind be always at your back;
may the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again
may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."
Facts & Figures of Ireland
70,280 sq km (this makes it the 127th largest country in world)
Ireland occupies five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain. The remaining sixth of the island is occupied by Great Britain. The nearest country is Great Britain.
Population of the Republic of Ireland:
4,470,700 (census from 2009) - 4,670,976 (July 2011 est.)
This ranks Ireland as the 123rd most populous country in the world.
By far the most popular religion in Ireland is Roman Catholic, with about 91.6% of the population practicing this religion.
English is the language generally used. Irish (Gaelic) is spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard (around 83,000 native speakers).
States & Territories:
The Republic of Ireland is traditionally described as having 26 counties. Over time some have been restructured producing a total of 30 administrative counties:
Tipperary North Riding
Tipperary South Riding
Independence: December 6th, 1921 (from UK by treaty)
Flag: Three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and orange.
Industry & Agriculture: The Irish economy can be described as small, modern and trade dependent. Industry and services are now more important than agriculture in the economic sector. Ireland joined in launching the euro currency system in January 1999 along with 10 other EU nations.
The major industries of Ireland include: Food products, brewing, textiles, clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery, transportation equipment, glass and crystal, and software
The major agricultural products include: turnips, barley, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat, beef and dairy products.
What can you find in your house or local store that was made or grown in Ireland?
Currency: euro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries