Ireland - Basic Facts


Population - 3,917,203

Population of each Province, County and City and actual and percentage change, 1996 and 2002  
           
Population Persons1996 Persons2002 Males2002 Females2002 Actual change 1996-2002 Percentage change 1996-2002
Provco            
Leinster 1924702 2105579 1038015 1067564 180877 9.4
Carlow 41616 46014 23403 22611 4398 10.6
Dublin City and County 1058264 1122821 544075 578746 64557 6.1
Dublin City 481854 495781 237813 257968 13927 2.9
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 189999 191792 91337 100455 1793 0.9
Fingal 167683 196413 97409 99004 28730 17.1
South Dublin 218728 238835 117516 121319 20107 9.2
Kildare 134992 163944 82735 81209 28952 21.4
Kilkenny 75336 80339 40540 39799 5003 6.6
Laoighis 52945 58774 30131 28643 5829 11
Longford 30166 31068 15794 15274 902 3
Louth 92166 101821 50489 51332 9655 10.5
Meath 109732 134005 67733 66272 24273 22.1
Offaly 59117 63663 32185 31478 4546 7.7
Westmeath 63314 71858 35960 35898 8544 13.5
Wexford 104371 116596 58170 58426 12225 11.7
Wicklow 102683 114676 56800 57876 11993 11.7
Munster 1033903 1100614 550118 550496 66711 6.5
Clare 94006 103277 52063 51214 9271 9.9
Cork City and County 420510 447829 222317 225512 27319 6.5
Cork City 127187 123062 59263 63799 -4125 -3.2
Cork County 293323 324767 163054 161713 31444 10.7
Kerry 126130 132527 66572 65955 6397 5.1
Limerick City and County 165042 175304 87631 87673 10262 6.2
Limerick City 52039 54023 26128 27895 1984 3.8
Limerick County 113003 121281 61503 59778 8278 7.3
Tipperary North 58021 61010 30864 30146 2989 5.2
Tipperary South 75514 79121 39999 39122 3607 4.8
Waterford City and County 94680 101546 50672 50874 6866 7.3
Waterford City 42540 44594 21782 22812 2054 4.8
Waterford County 52140 56952 28890 28062 4812 9.2
Connacht 433231 464296 233194 231102 31065 7.2
Galway City and County 188854 209077 104367 104710 20223 10.7
Galway City 57241 65832 31015 34817 8591 15
Galway County 131613 143245 73352 69893 11632 8.8
Leitrim 25057 25799 13324 12475 742 3
Mayo 111524 117446 59149 58297 5922 5.3
Roscommon 51975 53774 27583 26191 1799 3.5
Sligo 55821 58200 28771 29429 2379 4.3
Ulster (part of) 234251 246714 124837 121877 12463 5.3
Cavan 52944 56546 29015 27531 3602 6.8
Donegal 129994 137575 69016 68559 7581 5.8
Monaghan 51313 52593 26806 25787 1280 2.5
State 3626087 3917203 1946164 1971039 291116 8

Source: CSO

Ireland's population (pdf) expected to grow
to 5 million by 2026

Total area: 70,282 km˛ (68,890 km˛ land area )

Coastline: 1,448kms

Highest point: Carrantuohill (KY) 1,038m

Frontier with Northern Ireland: 360kms

Birth rate: 14.21 births/1,000 population

Death rate: 8.59 deaths/1,000 population

Religions: Roman Catholic 93%, Church of Ireland (Anglican) 3%, other 1%, none 1%, unknown 2%

Constitution: 28 December 1937, adopted 1 July 1937 by plebecite.

Head of State: President Mary McAleese Presidential Web Site

Head of Government: An Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern, T.D.

Legislative Branch

Seanad Éireann (Senate) upper house

Dáil (House of Representatives) lower house

Money: Euro /  € (Irish Pound notes and coins withdrawn from 1.1.2002)
 

Official Languages: Irish and English

Timezone: UTC+1 in Summer; UTC+0 in Winter

(5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time)

Capital: Dublin

Dublin City Population 495,781 Metro area 1.1 million. Other cities: Cork City (123,062) Metro Area 250,000 - Cork City & County (447,829) Limerick (54,023) - Limerick City & County (175,304) Galway (65,832) Galway City & Co (209,077) Waterford (44,594) Waterford City & County (101,546)
Northern Ireland: Belfast (330,000)

Shop opening hours: 09h - 17h30 Mo-Sa

Most cities have at least one late night where shops are open later (eg to 20h on Thursdays in Dublin). Many suburban supermarkets are open until 19h on weekdays. Most towns and cities have convenience stores which open to 22 or 23h 7 days a week.

Airports

Dublin , Cork and Shannon

Other airports at: Belfast and Derry (Northern Ireland), Galway, Kerry, Knock, Waterford and Sligo

 

Car Ferry Services

Detailed information on ferry services can be found here.

Ferry routes to/from Ireland:
From Cherbourg, Le Harve and Rosscoff in France to Cork and Rosslare
From Cherbourg to Dublin
From Swansea (South Wales) to Cork
From Fishguard and Pembroke (South Wales) to Rosslare
From Holyhead (North Wales) to Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire (Co Dublin)
From Isle of Man to Dublin
Ferry services to Belfast and Larne Northern Ireland from Liverpool, Stranraer and Cairnryan (Scotland) and Isle of Man

 

Highways

87,400 kms of highways classified as follows:

M routes "Motorways" M1, M4, M7, M11 and M50 - ie divided highways with 4 or more lanes together with an emergency lane in either direction
National Primary Routes (N1 to N49)
National Secondary Routes (N50 to N99)
Regional Roads (R001 to R999)
Unnumbered roads
Most national primary routes have emergency lanes on either side
 

E Routes

The N1,M1, M11 and N11 form part of the E1 Trans European route which runs from Larne in Northern Ireland via Dublin down the East coast of Ireland to the Iberian Peninsula via Lisbon and ending at Seville in Southern Spain.

The N7, N18, and M7 form part of the E20 which runs from Ennis (CE) to Limerick to Portlaoise (where it is joined by the E201 (N8) from Cork) and on via Liverpool, Copenhagen, and Goteborg to Stockholm in Eastern Sweden.

The N25 forms part of the E30 route which runs from Cork to Rosslare, and on to London, Hanover, Berlin, Warsaw and Minsk to Moscow.
 

 

 



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