Header image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. Image looking NW over Ireland showing N. Ireland top right. Mission ISS 004 - Roll E - Frame 11215. May 4 2002. International Space Station.
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Some interesting facts & trivia about Ireland's weather, geography & population.

Geography Ireland land mass 42,712 sq miles.
Geography Phoenix Park in Dublin Ireland is the largest urban park in Europe covering an area of 1752 acres.
Geography Longest river in Ireland River Shannon, 161 miles in length. Runs south from County Cavan into the Atlantic Ocean.
Geography Largest Irish island, Achill at 57 square miles in size.
Geography The largest Lake in Britain is in Northern Ireland. Lough Neagh covers 147 sq miles.
Geography The highest mountain in Ireland is Carrantuohill in County Kerry at 3445 feet.
Geography Ireland is totally surrounded by water, but not all the same Ocean. There are five named bodies of water, Irish Sea, Atlantic Ocean, North Channel, St George's Channel, Celtic Sea.
Population Population Eire 4.1 million, Northern Ireland 1.7 million.
Population Dublin 1,004,614
Population Cork 186,239
Population Limerick 86,998
Population Galway 66,163
Population Waterford 46,736
Population Dundalk 32,505
Population Drogheda 31,020
Population Bray 30,951
Population

Belfast NI 6,381

Trivia Newgrange, Co. Meath Ireland hosts a passage tomb, carbon dated to 3200 BC, which is older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
Trivia Kissing the Irish Blarney Stone purports a gift of eloquence, but you have to do it upside down.
Trivia Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest three years in a row 1992,1993 and 1994. The only Country to do so in succession.
Trivia Actor and US President Ronald Reagan's ancestors can be traced back to Tipperary Ireland.
Trivia Ireland has 2 million active phone numbers, 3.7 million cell phone users and 1.5 million Internet subscribers.(2005)
Trivia Windmills in Ireland rotate in a clockwise direction, all others in the World turn counter clockwise.
Trivia Irelands closest point to the UK is the Mull of Kintyre Scotland, a distance over water of only 20 miles. Yet the Romans never invaded Ireland despite occupying the UK for 400 years.
Trivia 1 million Irish died of starvation and disease between 1845 and 1850 due to a potato famine.
Trivia Ireland has virtually no mineral coal deposits, despite being only 60 miles from the southern part of Wales which had the highest yield per cubic metre in the World.
Trivia The Titanic was built at Harland & Wolff Shipyard Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Trivia Co. Antrim hosts the Giants Causeway. Over 40,000 hexagonal basalt pillars emerge from the sea, a result of fast cooling volcanic lava.
Trivia Stephen Roche is the only Irish cyclist ever, to win the Tour de France.
Trivia Kilkenny is Irelands only inland City. All others are situated on the coastline.
Trivia The ground burrowing Mole although prevalent in the UK, does not inhabit Ireland at all.
Weather Sunniest month N.Ireland June 1940, 298 hours, Mount Stewart in Co. Down.
Weather Dullest month N.Ireland January 1996, 8.3 hours, Silent Valley in Co. Down.
Weather Wettest day N. Ireland 31 October 1968, 6.36 inches of rain, Tollymore Forest, Co.Down.
Weather Highest wind gust N. Ireland at low level site, 12 January 1974, 125 mph, Kilkeel Co.Down.
Weather Warmest day N. Ireland 30.8C/87.4F, 30 June 1976, Knockarevan, Co.Fermanagh and Belfast Co.Antrim, 12 July 1983.
Weather Coldest day N.Ireland -17.5C/0.5F, 1 January 1979, Magherally, Co.Down.
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Header image courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. Image looking NW over Ireland showing N. Ireland top right. Mission ISS 004 - Roll E - Frame 11215. May 4 2002. International Space Station. Click here to see crew.


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