GEOGraphy + COUNTIES

Discover our counties

Learn about our many counties across the country

Map of Ireland

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

Dublin

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture

Galway

Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.

Cork

Cork is a city in south-west Ireland, in the province of Munster. As of the 2016 census, the city had a population of 125,657, but following a boundary extension in 2019, the population increased to c. 210,000. It is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland

Geography of ireland

Learn about the geography within Ireland

The Burren, Co. Clare.

The Burren is a region of County Clare in the southwest of Ireland. It’s a karst landscape of bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. On the Atlantic coast, the precipitous Cliffs of Moher are home to thousands of seabirds, including puffins. Nearby Doolin village is a renowned centre for traditional Irish music.

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare.

The Cliffs of Moher  are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They run for about 14 kilometres. The cliffs rank among the most visited tourist sites in Ireland, with around 1.5 million visits per annum.

Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim.

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles northeast of the town of Bushmills.

Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry.

The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Its 179km-long, circular route takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point, with several boats from Portmagee making the 12km crossing during the warmer months.

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Irish Sports

Discover more about Irish Sports in Ireland and how it developed over time.

Poets + Artists

Discover how famous Irish poets and artists brought creativity to Ireland.

Irish Food + Drink

Discover our great traditional Irish food and drinks across the country.

Tourist attractions

Discover the most beautiful and worthwhile tourist attractions in Ireland.

Religion + Population

Discover more about Ireland's longest religious feud and our population.

Irish History

Discover the history behind Ireland and how it came to be.

Politics + Industry

Discover how irish politics and industry has developed our country.

Famous Irish People

Discover the famous Irish people who put Ireland on the map.

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