Ireland (Republic of Ireland, Poblacht na hÉireann)
A country in Northern Europe that occupies most of the island of Ireland. It has borders with the United Kingdom. The country's name comes from Irish Éire - state. Member of organizations: the Council of Europe (since 1949), the United Nations (1955), OECD (since 1960), the European Union (since 1973), Euratom (1973), the European Monetary System (1979).
Among European tourists Ireland has a long reputation as a great place for a vacation - thanks to its extensive tour and excursions, tasty beer, quite distinctive nature and impressive history. Country, home to the descendants of Celtic tribes, a land of wild nature, where along the coast inaccessible cliffs rise to colonies of birds. Ireland is full of historic attractions - medieval castles, the remains of ancient settlements, mysterious burials. Basic kinds of tourism in the country - excursions, beach holidays, ecotourism, recreation (diving, surfing).
The location, grounds and landscape
The country's territory is 70 273 км².
Internal part of Ireland occupies mostly swampy Central lowland, where there are main rivers and many lakes. The longest river in the country - Shannon (length - 350 km), the largest lake - Lough Neagh. At the north, south and west coast stretches low mountains (the highest point - mountain Carrauntoohil with height 1041 m situated in the south-west in the mountains of County Kerry). Along these same coasts many bays that cut into the mountains, forming a rocky shore. The largest bays of the country - Galway, Shannon, Dingle and Donegal in the west and Lough Foyle in the north. Not far from here there are small rocky islands.
Population: more than 4 million 580 thousand people.
Biggest cities: Dublin, Cork.
Languages: Irish and English.
Credit card payment systems: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
Tours in the direction of: Ireland