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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Ireland. Car rental in Ireland includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Ireland guide

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Introduction:
Ireland is located in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. It shares a boarder with Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom) in the north. The mainland of the United Kingdom is across the sea to the east. Directly south over a vast expanse of the ocean is Spain. Ireland is well known for St. Patrick, Guinness, the Blarney Stone, and Waterford crystal.

Population and language:
Ireland has a population of around 6 million people. They cling to their religion and 92% are Roman Catholic. Only 3% belong to the Church of England. Gaelic (Irish) is the official language, but English is used primarily. The only major ethnic group is the Irish (87%).

Major cities and tourist destinations:
Dublin – The capital city of Ireland has a population of about 530,000. Its earliest mention is found in Ptolemy’s writings in 140 ad. The Book of Kells at Trinity College is a must see for everyone visiting the city. There are also several major museums: the National Museum, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Dublin Writer’s Museum, and the National History Museum. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Dublin, the General Post Office is the site where Ireland declared its first independence, and Dublin Castle was the seat of British rule over Ireland. Now, the Irish government uses the castle. Castletown house is to the west of Dublin and has a beautiful interior. Glendalough, on the other hand, is to the south and is the remains of an early monastic site.

Cork – Sometimes called “the second capital” this city has a population of about 120,000. The Cork Vision Center gives a history of the city. Climb the tower at St. Anne’s Church and get a chance to ring the bells or check out the 3000 pipe organ at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The Cork City Gaol comes complete with wax figure inmates, and to the south, in Kinsale, is the Kinsale Museum, which covers the sinking of the Lusitania.

Galway – Galway is one of the larger cities in Ireland with a population of 75,000. You can visit Lynch’s Castle, an example of a fortified house from the 1500s, or St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Galway, a medieval church with excellent architectural details. For a history of the city, see the Galway City Museum, located near the Spanish Arch.

The Ring of Kerry – This is one of the best scenic routes in all of Europe. The ring starts and ends in Killarney and encompasses the Iveragh Peninsula.

Tullynally Castle and Gardens – The largest castle in Ireland with the Pakenham family still in residence. You can tour inside and then walk the surrounding gardens.

Limerick – Limerick, population about 60,000, is the site of King John’s Castle, a Norman castle turned museum, and the Georgian House and Garden, a good example of a row house from the 1700s. You can also make a quick trip to Adare to the southwest of the city and visit Desmond Castle and the quaint thatched roof homes.

Kylemore Abbey – Originally this was a private home, but now it houses nuns and a girl’s boarding school. You can take a walk in the beautiful garden and view the history of the house in the abbey.

Climate:
Ireland’s climate is temperate maritime with cool summers from June to September that range from 9°C–20°C and mild winters from November to March that generally are 2°C–9°C. Days are usually overcast, and it rains more days than not in the west. The average rainfall in the east is between 30 and 40 inches. In the west, it is between 40 and 50 inches. In the mountains, Ireland can get up to 120 inches per year. December and January are the rainiest months of the year.

Economy:
Ireland uses the euro (€), and it has a GDP of $220 billion (USD). The country imports chemicals, data processors, petroleum, textiles and clothing, and machinery, and exports chemicals, beer, animal products and livestock, machinery, computers, and pharmaceuticals.

Transportation:
The four international airports are located in Dublin, Cork, Shannon, and Knock.
Although Ireland has worked to develop better bus and rail systems, cutbacks have now reduced their bus and rail services. Usually, you can find a bus that will travel express to all the major cities once a day. There are also the long rambling buses that will stop at every city, but these take a while to get where you are going. The bus system becomes extremely limited in the off-season. Also, if the bus is full, you will need to wait even if you have a reserved ticket. Get there early to avoid this problem.

The roads are quite good in Ireland and hiring a car allows you to see the countryside without stopping at every single village along the way. The signs are in both Gaelic and English, except for a few in western Ireland. If you plan on traveling to Dingle, for example, you may want to find its Gaelic name online first. Petrol is usually cheaper in Ireland than it is in the rest of Europe, but shop around because prices vary. There are no checkpoints between Ireland and Northern Ireland; however, if you are planning on going there from Ireland, make sure your rental insurance will cover the car.

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