Area: 27,136 square miles
Languages: English and Irish Gaelic are the official languages.
Ethnicities: Irish: 96.7%, Asian: 0.3%, Black: 1.1%, Other/Mixed: 0.1%, Not Stated: 1.7%
Location: Ireland is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Sea, and Northern Ireland.
Geography: The ocean is responsible for the rugged western coastline, along which are many islands, peninsulas, and headlands. The main geographical features of Ireland are low central plains surrounded by a ring of coastal mountains. The highest peak is Carrauntuohill (Irish: Corrán Tuathail), which is 1041 m (3414 ft) high. There are a number of sizable lakes along Ireland's rivers, with Lough Neagh the largest in the British Isles. The island is bisected by the River Shannon, at 259 km (161 miles) with a 113 km (70 miles) estuary the longest river in Ireland (and the longest in the British Isles, if the estuary is included), which flows south from County Cavan in the north to meet the Atlantic just south of Limerick.
Population(2008 estimate): 4,156,119
Religions: Roman Catholicism 93 %, Anglican 3%, none 1%, unknown 2%, other 1%
Time zone: Ireland is five hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6 am in New York, it is 11 am in Ireland.