Ireland. A land that for many has a lure that is almost mystical.
A land that for many is their true home. A land that for many
is their ideal holiday destination. A land that for many is the
source of the finest writings ever to be produced, the finest
music ever to be composed.
Ireland, a land for all.
The Irish climate is an oceanic climate, therefore rather soft
(as they say in Ireland) with westerly winds prevailing. The temperatures
do not vary much and range from on average between 4C and 7C in
January and between 14C and 16C in July. The climate is generally
wet explaining the dominant green colours of the landscape. The
main cruise season is mid May to mid September.
The last Census in the Republic of Ireland was conducted in 2002.
It revealed a population of 3,917,203 persons. The estimated population
of Northern Ireland at 30 June 2002 was 1,696,600.
On 1 January 2002, the euro became the single national currency
of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Greece joined
on 1 January 2001.
The Pound Sterling is used
in Northern Ireland with individual notes available from all the
major banks. This can be confusing for the visitor as not only
will you find English notes in circulation but also Sterling Bank
of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Northern Bank and Scottish Bank notes
along with occasional Bank of Isle of Man all of which are accepted
in general exchange. This can mean up to half a dozen different
notes of the same denomination.