The Republic of Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe, with a population of under four million people. English is the predominant language spoken in Ireland today. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. The Island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland which is administered by the United Kingdom, has the population of five million. The capital of Ireland is Dublin.
The climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. The country receives generally warm summers and mild winters, and is considerably warmer than other areas on its latitude. During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. The coldest and wettest months are December, January and February. July and August are the warmest months.
Currency of Ireland:
The currency of Ireland is Euro.
Ireland’s long and honorable tradition in educational excellence is recognized the world over. Dating back to the middle Ages, Ireland held the position of the principal education providers to the western world. The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three levels: primary(8 years); secondary (5 or 6 years) and third level which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest postgraduate level.
Ireland has a rich heritage and the influence of its culture has been felt the world over, probably more than any other, from music, art, myths, language, food and literature. For a very long time, with no newspapers, radio or TV, news and events were put to music and relayed by the Bards that travelled the land. A Bard was always welcome, as his music and poetry was entertaining as well as bringing news of what was happening throughout the country side.
Major Cities of Ireland:
Most of the transport system in Ireland is in public hands, either side of the Irish border.
Ireland's roads link Dublin with all the major cities (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Belfast and Derry). Driving is on the left.
Accepts the students for post graduation with 15 years of education unlike a few countries.