Time difference: GMT
Language: English and Irish (Gaeilge) are the two official languages in the Republic of Ireland, although English is primarily used.
Electrical current/ plugs: Plug sockets are the three square pins (as per the UK), with a current of 230V AC, 50Hv.
Water: Tap water is safe to drink, although bottled water is readily available.
Politics: Ireland is a democratic republic with a (mostly ceremonial) President and a elected Taoiseach (prime minister) who is the head of the government.
Religion: Ireland is predominantly a Catholic country, with Roman Catholics making up 87% of the population.
Culture: The Irish are known for their wit and sense of humour, which is known as ‘the craic’. They love to tease people, and if you are teased, it is important to take it well and not see it as rudeness. They also have a rich history in storytelling.