The Republic of Ireland is the westernmost nation in Europe. The Irish Republic encompasses 26 counties and a total of 27,133 square miles of land. The Republic of Ireland is a first world country with a high quality of living—in fact, its life expectancy is higher than that of both the United Kingdom and the United States! The national anthem is “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“A Soldier’s Song”).
The Republic of Ireland’s capitol city is Dublin. The official languages are English and Gaelic (sometimes simply referred to as “Irish”) and the population is estimated at 4,593,100. The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union (E.U.) and its currency is the Euro. Ireland does not have a royal family like England. Instead they have a President, just like the United States. However, like in England, the Irish drive on the left-hand side of the road!
Ireland is an island nation that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is known to have cold and rainy weather—although summers can be warm and sunny—but its climate results in the lush green landscape that granted Ireland the nickname “The Emerald Island.”
Below is a list of five things that Ireland is associated with: