Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island and Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom and which covers the remaining area located in the north east of the island. Ireland is made up of relatively low lying mountains surrounding a central plain with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island’s lush vegetation, a product of its mild climate and frequent rainfall, earns it the name the Emerald Isle.
Total Area: 70,273 km2
Country Code: +353
Country Population: 4,800,000
Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card / Eurocard are widely accepted
American Express is accepted but not as commonly as in the US or Canada.
Diners Club, JCB and Discover Card are generally not accepted.
Electricity: 220 V 50Hz
Ethnic Groups: 87.4% Irish; 7.5% Other white; 1.3% Asian, 1.1% Black, 1.1% Mixed, 1.6% unspecified
Location: Western Europe
Official Language(s): Irish, English
Religion: Freedom of religion is constitutionally provided in Ireland.Roman Catholicism: 84.2%, No Religion: 6.2%, Protestantism: 4.6%, Islam: 1.1%
Time Zone: UTC
Tipping: Restaurants with table service: 10% – 12.5% of the bill
Bartenders: No tip expected, though consider tipping €1-€2 for large groups or if you’ve had a large number of drinks