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Ireland Geography

Ireland's Information

Flag of Ireland
Land Area 68,883 km2
Water Area 1,390 km2
Total Area 70,273km2 (#118)
Population 4,952,473 (#121)
Population Density 71.90/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $322.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $69,400
Currency Euro (EUR)
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Ireland's central lowlands of flat rolling plains are dissected by bogs, loughs (lakes) and rivers, and surrounded by hills and low mountains.

The major mountain ranges include the Blackstairs, Bluestack, Comeragh, Derryveagh, Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Nephinbeg, Ox, Silvermines, Slieve Mish, Twelve Pins, and Wicklow.

The country's highest point, Carrauntuohill, in the far southwest, stands at 1041 m (3414 ft.) high.

The western coastline includes numerous sea cliffs. The most famous, and some say the most beautiful in all of Europe, are the Cliff of Moher. They reach a maximum height of just over 213 m (700 ft.)

Ireland has dozens of coastal islands, including Achill, the country's largest. Others of significance include the Aran Islands to the southwest of Galway and Valentia Island just off the Iveragh Peninsula. Other peninsulas of note include the Beara and Dingle.

The River Shannon at 386 km (240 miles) long is Ireland's longest river. It widens into four loughs (lakes) along its route, including Lough Allen, Lough Bafin, Lough Derg and Lough Ree. Other inland loughs of note are the Conn, Corrib and Mask.

Besides the Shannon, additional rivers of size are the Barrow, Blackwater, Boyne, Finn, Lee, Liffey, Nore, Slaney and Suir.

This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Ireland Trivia

What Languages Are Spoken In Ireland?

The two principal languages of Ireland are English and Irish. Irish is considered the official and national language of the Republic of Ireland; Northern Ireland has no official language. However, English has been the dominant spoken language in both political areas since the end of the 19th century. The two regional languages of Ireland are Ulster Scots and Shelta. Minority languages in Ireland are spoken mainly by immigrant groups. The most common of these include Polish, German, French, Japanese, and Mandarin.

What Languages Are Spoken In Ireland?

Does It Snow In Ireland?

Although most of Ireland's winter precipitation comes in the form of rain, the mountains and hills receive about 30 days of snow annually. The Wicklow Mountains get over 60 days of snow annually.

Does It Snow In Ireland?

What is the National Animal of Ireland?

The national land animal is not very clear although the Irish Hare has been treated as the national animal. It can be noted that the hare was not the original idea for a national animal. Initially the Irish elk is what was defined as the national animal, an iconic mammal that was found in the whole of Northern Europe. Since this mammal no longer exists, the next possible contender for the spot was the red deer. This was not well received as its origin was also not very clear. Some people still consider the red deer as the national animal.

What is the National Animal of Ireland?

Is Ireland a Country?

The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign nation in the north western region of Europe. Its capital city is Dublin, which is also the largest city in the country. The country is located on the island of Ireland, along with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Besides Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland is bordered by the Irish Sea, Saint George’s Channel, Celtic Sea, and Atlantic Ocean. Ireland covers an area of 70,273 square kilometers and has a population of about 4.76 million inhabitants.

Is Ireland a Country?

What is the biggest city in Ireland?

Dublin is the most populated city in Ireland with a population of 527,000.

What is the Largest City in Ireland?

What is the Biggest National Park in Ireland?

Wicklow Mountains is the largest national park in Ireland, covering 205 sq km.

The Six National Parks Of Ireland

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