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Universities : About Ireland


The Republic of Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe, with a population of under four million people. Although they do have their own distinctive Celtic language and culture, 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. Because of its size, travel within Ireland is relatively easy. The United Kingdom and other parts of Europe are also easily accessible by both air and sea. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. As the gateway of Europe, this modern nation whose vibrant Celtic origin continues to regulate the pulse of the country, offers a truly rewarding experience for the visiting student.

Capital cities

Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast.


Total: 70,280 sq km
land: 68,890 sq km
water: 1,390 sq km


Irish, English, Ulster Scots, Shelta


Roman Catholicism (majority), Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Methodism, Secular

Economic profile

Ireland is a small, modern, trade-dependent economy Agriculture, once the most important sector, is now dwarfed by industry and services. Although the exports sector, dominated by foreign multinationals, remains a key component of Ireland's economy, construction has most recently fueled economic growth along with strong consumer spending and business investment.


The official currency of Ireland is Euro £, or IR£.

Time Diff

Dublin 4 hrs 30 min behind IST.


The Canadian dollar, denoted by CAD or C¢, is the official currency of Canada. One hundred cents (¢) add up to one Canadian dollar.

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Temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time.

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