Coming to Ireland

Facts about Ireland

Name: Ireland 
(local short form) Eire

Capital City: Dublin (506,211 pop.)
County Dublin, now called Dublin Region, has a population exceeding 1,661,185

Ireland Population: 4,775,982 (2013 est.)

Currency: Euro 

Ethnicity: Irish 87.4%, other white 7.5%, Asian 1.3%, black 1.1%, mixed 1.1%, unspecified 1.6% (2006 census)

Language: English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official) spoken mainly in areas along the western coast

Largest Cities: (by population) Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Drogheda, Dundalk

National Day: March 17, St. Patrick's Day

Religion: Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2% (2006 census)

Coat of Arms: The harp in many forms and styles has been used on the coat of arms of Ireland since medieval times. Today it is used as the symbol of the Irish State. It is found in the seals of the President, Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Government Ministers, and is used on the back of Irish Euro coins.

Ireland Flag: The flag of Ireland was adopted on January 21, 1919. Modeled after the French Tricolore, Ireland's flag uses color to symbolize religions; green is representative of Catholics; orange is representative of Protestants, and the white is symbolic of the union of both. 

Time zone: GMT (GMT+1 during daylight savings)

Oldest Pub
The Brazen Head

Must Know Famous Irishmen
Bono, Oscar Wilde, Colin Farrell, James Joyce

National Dish
Irish Stew

Movies to Watch
PS I Love You, Once, Leap Year, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, The Guard, Calvary The Field, The Quiet Man, The Commitments