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HEALTH & SAFETY
EU / EEA citizens are entitled to emergency care under the EHIC in public hospitals. As in other countries, private travel insurance will insure against hefty health treatment bills.
Generally pharmacies are open between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, but often pharmacies run extended opening hours until 8 or 9pm and some are also open on Sundays. There is always a local pharmacy open for local after hours service.
Ireland is a safe country to travel with comparably low crime levels
You can find up-to-date health and health advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Ireland here:
MONEY AND PRICE LEVEL
Ireland is part of the eurozone. Twenty-four hours ATMs can be found anywhere in Ireland, usually they have a maximum daily withdrawal of € 200 or € 400, depending on the area. All ATMs have on-screen instructions in Gaelic and English and sometimes other languages. Banks are the easiest place to exchange money and charge a small commission between 3 and 5%. Debit and credit cards, especially visa and mastercard, are widely expected, but it is advisable to always carry some cash for small expenses and in the more rural areas.
Compared to other European countries, Ireland is a fairly expensive country. While you can enjoy a decent one portion meal in a pub for around € 10,00, prices in restaurants tend to be higher with around € 8,00 for a starter or dessert and € 15,00 for a main. Quite often, restaurants and pubs offer early bird meals with two or three course menus for around € 20,00 - € 25,00. Drinks are expensive in Ireland, a pint of beer rarely comes under € 5,00 while a bottle of house wine is usually priced from € 20,00. A soft drink or coffee/cappuccino costs around € 3,00. Guinness is quite often the cheapest drink on the menu and water from the tab is free.
Price levels in supermarkets also tend to be higher, though it depends on the shop. Larger supermarkets are usually more price sensitive on everyday items than smaller chains.
Shops in Ireland are open seven days a week with opening times from 8am - 8pm during the week and from 9 or 9:30am to 8pm on Saturdays. Shops tend to open later on Sundays.
Banks are open between 09:30am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Post offices are open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays.
Alcohol in Ireland is sold strictly in licensed shops only and sales are subject to specific times, which are 10:30am to 10pm Monday to Saturdays and 12:30pm to 10pm on Sundays and any holidays. Restaurants and pubs usually serve food all day long until 9 or 9:30pm or sometimes later.
The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three pros and plug adapters are widely available