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What is the Weather like in Ireland?

Influenced by the Atlantic Ocean the weather in Ireland is mild, wet and changeable. It is not too hot and not too cold. Summer temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) are rare enough occurrences (perhaps once or twice a decade).

The average monthly temperature in Ireland is: January (5 degrees C = 41 degrees F), February (5C = 41F), March (7C = 45F), April (8C = 46F), May (11C = 52F), June (14C = 56F), July (16C = 60F), August, (16C = 60F), September (14C = 56F), October (11C = 51F), November (8C = 48F), December (7C = 44F). It can rain at any time in Ireland but prolonged periods of rainfall are uncommon. Snow/severe frost are usually confined to December to February.



What is the Capital City of Ireland?

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland with a population of approximately 1.1 Million, followed in terms of population by Cork (198,582), Limerick (91,454), Galway (76,778) and Waterford (51,519).

The population of Ireland (in 2012) was 4.58 Million in the Republic with 1.8 Million people in Northern Ireland. In 1841 prior to the Great Famine the population of Ireland was nearly 7 Million, falling to under 3 Million by the 1960's.



Can I Get Irish Citizenship

If either of your parents were an Irish Citizen at the time of your birth then you do qualify for Citizenship. If any of your Grandparents were Irish Citizens then you qualify to be an Irish Citizen and claim an Irish Passport.

More distant relatives or ancestors, (including great-grandparents, cousins, aunt or uncle) do not qualify you to be a citizen of Ireland. If you marry an Irish Citizen then you may be eligible to become a Citizen. Irish Citizens are free to live and work in any other European Union country without the need for a residence or work permit.



When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

There is plenty to see and do in Ireland at any time of the year, although the worst of the weather usually occurs from December to February. An examination of the average temperatures and rainfall in Ireland can be misleading. March and November can produce more days, perfect for touring and outside of the main visitor months of May, June, July and August.

Like most European countries Summer offers the best of the weather and is also when most of the town festivals and events take place. However, with a little planning (and a little luck!) a visit in February, April or November could also provide an unforgettable experience in Ireland.



What Currency does Ireland use?

Ireland uses the Euro currency throughout the 26 Counties of the South, with the British Pound (Sterling) in use in 6 Counties in Ulster (Counties Down, Derry, Armagh, Antrim, Fermanagh and Tyrone).

Other European countries that use the Euro include France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The Irish Pound (also known as the 'punt' in Gaelic) was discontinued in 2002 when Ireland joined the Eurozone.



Does Ireland have States?

Ireland does not have States but is divided into 4 Provinces and then into 32 Counties. The four Provinces are Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught.

The Counties of Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow. The Counties of Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford. The Counties of Ulster: Armagh, Antrim, Down, Derry, Fermanagh, Tyrone (in Northern Ireland) and Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan in the Republic. The Counties of Connaught: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.





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