Country Profile - Ireland

Name: Ireland

Location: North-west of continental Europe

Time: IST (-) 4 1/2 hrs

Capital: Dublin

Language: Irish (official), English

Area: 84,421 km2

Population: 6,399,152 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: Saint Patrick's Day, 17th March

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Climate: Average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, summer mean daily maximum is about 19 °C and winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 9 Apr Easter. 1 May Labour Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec St Stephen's Day.

Airline Name: Ryanair

International Airports: Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Knock