Population: 4.58 million
Size: Ireland is about the same size as Bavaria (70,282 sq km); the 6 counties in the north east (Northern Ireland) that belong to the United Kingdom cover an area of 14,139 sq km
Language: Irish (first official language, but only a day to day language for around 3% of the population) – Dia duit!, English – Hello!
National holiday: 17th March - St. Patrick's Day
Ireland’s shores are washed by the Atlantic, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. The emerald isle is a paradise for active holidaymakers who like climbing, hiking or golf. Spring is the driest time and May has the most sun. July and August are the warmest months of the year.
If you find football too boring then you should give hurling a try. While playing hurling the ball can be hit with a stick, the ‘hurley’, be kicked or hit with the hands. Along with a lot of other rules, this sport is one of the fastest team sports in the world!