Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland country flag and map

The Republic of Ireland, commonly referred to as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in Europe. It is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain. The Republic of Ireland occupies the greater portion (26 of the 32 counties) of the island of Ireland, also comprised of Northern Ireland.Β 

Country Profile

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Nicknamed β€œThe Emerald Isle”, Ireland’s landscape is dominated by green fields and rolling hills. It also has a rugged coastline and many lakes and rivers. The country’s longest river is the River Shannon. It rises in County Cavan and flows for more than 360 kilometers towards Limerick, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean via the Shannon Estuary.Β 

Other notable geographical features includeΒ the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and the Wicklow Mountains. The Atlantic Ocean influences Ireland’s temperate maritime climate, resulting in mild, moist weather year-round.

Dublin, the capital city, serves as a thriving economic center, attracting multinational corporations drawn to Ireland’s skilled workforce and favorable business environment. The country’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship has solidified its position as a global hub for technology and research.

Ireland’s culture is renowned worldwide for its warmth, creativity, and resilience. It is famed for traditional Irish music, great literary figures like James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde, and Gaelic sports such as hurling and Gaelic football.

The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. It is based on the Westminster system, whereby a President performs mostly ceremonial duties, and a Prime Minister is appointed to lead the government.

Republic of Ireland: Stats and Facts

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