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Land area: 26,598 sq mi (68,889 sq km); total area: 27,135 sq mi (70,280 sq km)
Population (2014 est.): 4,832,765 (growth rate: 1.2%); birth rate: 15.18/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.74/1000; life expectancy: 80.56
Capital (2011 est.): Dublin, 1.121 million
Monetary unit: Euro (formerly Irish pound [punt])
National name: ire
Languages: English, Irish (Gaelic) (both official)
Ethnicity/race: Irish 84.5%, other white 9.8%, Asian 1.9%, black 1.4%, mixed and other 0.9%, unspecified 1.6% (2011 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 84.7%, Church of Ireland 2.7%, other Christian 2.7%, Muslim 1.1%, other 1.7%, unspecified 1.5%, none 5.7% (2011 est.)
National Holiday: Saint Patrick's Day, March 17
Literacy rate: 99% (2003 est.)
What is Ireland famous for?
The "Emerald Isle" is famous for Saint Patrick’s Day, Irish Pubs and Guinness beer, castles and castles in pieces. Rugby, horse racing, golf, football, and other Gaelic sports.
Irish Stew, Irish Whiskey, Irish linen, pottery, the trifoliate shamrocks. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker (Dracula), U2, Sinead O'Connor, Van Morrison, and Riverdance. Irish mythology and folklore (béaloideas), the Leprechaun, and a Celtic heritage.
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