Ireland Facts & Emergency Contacts

interesting facts

 

Climate

Ireland has a mild, temperate climate:
Summer temperatures generally range from 55ºF to 70ºF.
Spring and autumn are generally 45ºF to 55ºF.
Winter is between 35ºF and 50ºF. (Snow is rare, but showers can occur at any time of the year.)

Geography

The island of Ireland is 304 miles/486 km long and 172 miles/275 km wide and is divided into four historic provinces - Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught.  Within these four provinces are 32 counties. The Republic of Ireland consists of 26 counties and Northern Ireland consists of six counties.

Currency

Northern Ireland:  Great British Pound
Republic of Ireland:  The Euro 

Credit Cards
Any credit cards that bear the Visa or MasterCard symbol will be widely accepted. Visitors with other cards should ask in advance or check if that card is on display where they wish to use it.   ATM (cash) machines are readily available.

Demographics

The population of the island is currently 6.7 million, with  1.8 million living in Northern Ireland and 4.9 million living in the Republic of Ireland.  

Emergency

Police, Fire, Ambulance:  Tel: 999
If calling Northern Ireland from abroad, telephone numbers must be prefixed with 011-44- (drop the first 0 if local code).

Vaccines are neither compulsory nor necessary unless you are travelling from an infected country.