Ireland is an island which belongs to the European continent. The country is divided into two parts now known as Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland, which is generally referred to as Ireland, borders with Northern Ireland and thus the United Kingdom. To the west and south, the country is surrounded by the Atlantic, and to the east by the Irish Sea. Ireland's capital and largest city is Dublin, located in the eastern part of the country.
Ireland uses Irish Standard Time (IST, UTC+01:00) in the summer months and Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) during the winter period.
Climate and travel seasons
The climate of Ireland can often be described as moderate. People frequently associate rainy weather with Ireland, which is particularly true in the west of the country. Rainfall on the west coast, for example on the Valentia Island, is twice as high as in Dublin. Approximately 60 percent of annual rain occurs between the months of August and January. The prevailing wind of Ireland usually blows from southwest to northeast. The sunniest months, with five to seven hours of sunshine, are the months of May and June. The coldest months are January and February with an average temperature of 4 ° C to 7 ° C.