Ireland Overview

Irish Flag♣ Key Facts ♣

Area

Capital

Government

Religion

70,182 sq km (27,097 sq miles) Dublin Republic Roman Catholic (92%)

Population [density]

 Currency

Head of state

Smoking

4.5 million (2009)[64 per sq km]  Euro € President Mary McAleese, since 1997 Forbidden in any public place since 2004

Emergency Phone Numbers

 Electricity

Head of government

 Alcohol

999 or 112  220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use Prime Minister Enda Kenny, since 2011  Ireland’s number 1 problem

Sources (www.petitfute.com)

Weather:

The weather is not that bad. It does rain a fair bit (I was lucky during my trips, I travelled every Saturday and there was lashing rain only three times). The weather is very changeable, a day that begins with showers will often slides into sunshine. Enjoy sunbathing! Nevertheless, don’t forget to bring a raincoat and your waterproof shoes if you don’t want to be drenched when you go hiking (link).

http://www.ireland.com/weather

Public and National Holidays:
  • New Year’s Day (January 1), if falling on a weekday, or if not, the next day.
  • St Patrick’s Day (March 17), if falling on a weekday, or if not, the next day.
  • Good Friday – the Friday before Easter.
  • Easter Monday – the day after Easter.
  • May Holiday – the first Monday in May.
  • June Holiday – the first Monday in June.
  • Summer Holiday – the first Monday in August.
  • October Holiday – the last Monday in October.
  • Christmas Day, if falling on a weekday or, if not, the next Tuesday.
  • St Stephen’s Day (December 26), if falling on a weekday or, if not, the next day.

♣ Let’s speak a little bit of Irish ♣

Fáilte romhat! (Welcome)

Haigh! (Hi)

Cad is aimn duit? (What’s your name?)

Is mise Freddy. (My name is Freddy.)

Cad as duit? (Where are you from?)

Is as an Fhrainc mé. (I’m from France.)

Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí? (Where do you live?)

Tá mé i mo chónaí in Éirinn. (I live in Ireland.)

Tá Éire tír iontach. (Ireland is a wonderful country.)

Conas atá tú? (How are you?)

Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agat! (I’m fine, thanks!)

Slán! (Good bye!)

Sources (GG Irish-English dictionnary)

This is an exemple of the Irish language:

Gaelic song – Teangaidh na nGael (Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid)

And:

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Danú – An Seanduine (‘The Old Man’)

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