Ireland and You
Ireland, the land of Leprechauns, shamrocks, saints and scholars, fairy stories and fantasies, anxiously awaits you! For those of you who have not had this pleasurable experience, we guarantee a visit that will surpass your wildest dreams.
As your airplane descends from lofty heights, it will pierce the hovering clouds that hang suspended like misty veils over the Emerald Isle. Anxious eyes will devour a kaleidoscope of colors as intricate hues enfold into patterns of green blocks edged with pearl grays of stone and rocks so deftly fashioned into boundary walls.
The hours of travel across the vast Atlantic will be forgotten when voices become pitched with emotions only to be transformed into a deafening silence as passengers await the touch of the wheels upon the ground. Imagine, if you will, that great round of applause that rings through the interior of this great bird of steel, now pointing its beak towards the terminal.
From now on, Ireland embraces you as its guest. ( The arms of hospitality are for everyone. Enjoy every moment of it. The ageless greeting of Ireland is "Céad Míle Fáilte" which, when translated into English, means "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes". Last, accept your love for Ireland. Go with fantastic memories; to return here again.
Facts About Ireland
Location The island of Ireland is part of the continent of Europe, bordered on the east by Britain and the Irish Sea, which is from 11 to 120 miles across. On the West Coast is the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland has a total land area of 32,595 square miles.
Population The Republic of Ireland is estimated to be around 4 million people. N. I., about 2 million people.
Language: English: common language in Ireland, although Gaelic or Irish (more commonly known) is the first official language of the State, ( Irish Constitution). There are large areas where Irish is spoken as the everyday language, known as Gaeltachtaí. Irish is a compulsory for all schools, and outside the Gaeltachtaí, there are many Irish-language schools. This language/ on buses, trains, road-signs, street-signs etc. (Buses will frequently show a destination only in Irish).
Climate: Ireland lies in the mild south-westerly winds that come under the warm drifting waters from the Gulf Stream. Temperatures are considered moderate. January and February are the coldest, with temperatures ranging between 40 and 45 degrees. The sunniest months are May and June.
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Government: The Republic of Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. There are two houses of parliament (the Dáil and the Séanad), an elected President (Uachtarach) who is Head of State; and a Prime Minister (Taoiseach) who is head of government.
Physical Features: Ireland is made up of a central limestone plane ringed by coastal mountains and hills of varying geological structure. It has a natural beauty unsurpassed in pleasure. Within the span of a few minutes you can be out of town and venture into hills and vales of scenic beauty.
Transportation Ireland has a well-organized transit system.
Bus and train schedules co-ordinate with each other. Towns and cities have ample
and adequate taxi-cab service upon request.
Food: In general the Irish food is comparable to ours. They have similar
dishes, entrees, soups, etc., however they may be prepared, seasoned and served
in a different manner. The Irish are well noted for their excellent cuisine.
Religion The Roman Catholic faith is the religion of Ireland. The ‘Church of Ireland’ is the name of the Anglican/Episcopal Church in Ireland. Religious denominations of the major faiths will be found.
Time: From April to October, daylight saving time or
"summer time" is in operation, and clocks are kept one hour later than
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Subdivisions There are four provinces in Ireland; Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. The country is made up of 32 counties:
Ulster (9) Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
Munster (6) Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.
Leinster (12) Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
Connaught (5) Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.
Six of the nine counties of Ulster are in Northern Ireland, and so part of the United Kingdom. These are Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
PREPARING TO TRAVEL
Passport Your most important document – it identifies you!Passports are now valid for a span of ten years from time of issuance. - Doc
Passports are valid for a span of five years from time of issuance.
Application for passport should be made at least four months prior to scheduled departure date.
Wardrobe Do not over-pack! Choose your wardrobe wisely. Dress for comfort. Select apparel that can be laundered easily and folded with minimum of wrinkles.Comfortable shoes are a "must" item. Holiday trips involve a lot of walking. Jogging shoes seem to be very popular, but do take at least one pair of "dressy-type" shoes.
Bring outfits that are colour co-coordinated, such as sweaters, slacks, jackets, etc. Wear a minimum of jewelry.
Men and women: it is wise to take a raincoat. Sporadic rainfalls are not uncommon. If space permits, take a collapsible umbrella.
Electrical equipment: Hair dryers, electric shavers, blowers, etc. will not operate on the European current (230v AC 50Hz). Adapters or converters can be purchased at your electrical supply shop.
Luggage Needs to be sturdy. Travel regulations will limit luggage. Choose at least one huge piece of luggage and one that can be carried onto the plane. Hand-carried luggage must be small enough to place under the seat in front of you. Most carriers (planes or ships) will not allow luggage to be placed overhead.1. Be able to identify your luggage. Put colored ribbon or tags that can be easily recognized at baggage-claim areas.2. Your luggage be locked? Don’t forget the keys!
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A Brief Glossary of Irish Expressions
Straight away--Right now; Queue--In a line/row; Quay--A river inlet:
Loo-- Restroom/ Bathroom: Spirits—Alcohol;
Minerals—Soda Pop; Cooker—Stove; Grille—Broiler; Torch—Flashlight;
Fag—Cigarette; Playbill--Theatre Program; Hooley--An informal gathering for laughter and song; Seanachie-- Story teller / historian;
Culchie--Of lower station, one from the country (highly offensive, don’t use) Lorry--truck / large Van; Collect, to call for / pick someone up; Starter--An entrée, e.g. soup / salad;
Rashers—Bacon; Gammon--Ham steak; Bacon Ham / pork
Pissed/Full/Stocious—Drunk; Shagged—Tired ;