It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel.
Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
The island's geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland.
The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable climate which avoids extremes in temperature.
Whilst Americans are happy to approach a stranger and ask them out for coffee, Irish people would rather gnaw their own arm off than do the same thing.
For the sovereign state of the same name, see Republic of Ireland.
For the part of the United Kingdom, see Northern Ireland.
For other uses, see Ireland (disambiguation).) is an island in the North Atlantic.
WE DISCOVERED TODAY that Irish people have pretty traditional ideas when it comes to paying on a date.
New research by Rabo Direct reveals that a staggering 84% of Irish men are more than happy to pay for a first date.
Women are more likely to want to “go Dutch”, with 68% saying they do the latter and only one in ten women offering to pay for the whole thing.
It’s a good thing we have the issue of paying out of the way – that at least gives us one less thing to worry about on an actual date. Dating in other countries is wildly different to dating in Ireland.