Republic of Ireland
Location: Ireland is an island off western Europe in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The Republic of Ireland (also called Ireland or Eire) occupies most of the island of Ireland; it is an independent country. The northern portion is Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.
Capital of the Republic of Ireland: Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland.
Official languages: English and Gaelic.
Size: The Republic of Ireland covers 27,135 square miles (70,280 sq km). It occupies about 5/6 of the island of Ireland.
Population: The population of Ireland is about 3,689,000 (as of 2000).
Flag: Ireland's flag is made of three equal-sized rectangles of orange, white and green. The green is by the flagpole.
Climate: Ireland has a cool, often-cloudy climate.
Major Rivers: Major rivers in Ireland include the Shannon River, the Blackwater River, the Suir River, the Lee River, and the Inny River.
Highest Point: The highest point in Ireland is Carrauntoohil, which is 3,414 feet (1,041 m) tall. Carrauntoohil is located in southwestern Ireland, near Killarney.
Lowest Point: The lowest points in Ireland are at sea level (the level of the Atlantic Ocean).