Muckross Head, Killybegs, Donegal, Irela

IRELAND

USEFUL INFORMATION

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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

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SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and health advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Ireland here:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/general-covid-19-travel-advisory/

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.

OPENING HOURS

 

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.

ELECTRICITY

 

The electrical supply in Ireland is 230v/50hz. Plugs and sockets operate using three pros and plug adapters are widely available

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 

January 1

New Years Day

March 17

St Patricks Day

Monday after Easter

Easter Monday

First Monday in May

May Bank Holiday

First Monday in June

June Bank Holiday

First Monday in August

August Bank Holiday

Last Monday in October

October Bank Holiday

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

St Stephens Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

 

Dublin

Tradfest celebrating traditional music in pubs and bars around Temple Bar

Late January / early February

Dublin

Dublin International Film Festival

Late February / early March

All Ireland

St Patrick’s Day Festival with parades and local celebrations

Week leading up to March 17

Dublin

World Irish Dancing Championships

April

Belfast

Belfast City Marathon

Early May

Lisburn

May Day Races

May

Dublin

International Literature Festival

Mid May

Wicklow town

Wicklow Arts Festival - 5 day spring festival

Late May

Kilkenny

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Late May / early June

Dublin

Taste of Dublin - Food festival

Mid June

Dublin

Bloomsday - daylong festival celebrating James Joyce Leopold Bloom by replicating 1904 Dublin

June 11 - 16

Cork

Arts Festival - traditional music and dance festival

Mid June

The Curragh

Irish Derby - major horse racing event

Late June

Belfast / Northern Ireland

Battle of Boyne Commemoration - Highly controversial protestant celebration of the historic battle of Boyne with parades held by Protestant groups.

July 12

Galway

Galway Arts Festival - two week long event with live music, art performances, exhibitions, street shows etc

Second half of July

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Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - major traditional music festival with competitions in singing and instrument playing

Early to mid August

Galway

Galways Races - Major race event in Galway

Late July / early August

Carrickfergus

Lughnasa Fair - medieval festival

Early to mid August

Dublin

Dublin Horse Show

Early August

Kilkenny

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mid August

Kilorglin

Puck Fair - Merrymaking festival with music, parades and fireworks

Mid August

Tralee

Rose of Tralee - beauty and talent pageant week long event with concerts and street entertainment

Mid August

Nationwide

National Heritage Week - celebrating national heritage with guided tours, walks, exhibitions, music and more

Late August

Stradbally

Electric Picnic - major music festival

Early September

Lisdoonvarna

Match-making festival - fun matchmaking event with lots of music, dance and fun activities

September

Dublin

All Ireland Hurling and Gaelic Football Championship Finals

Mid September

Galway

Oyster Festival - marine festival with music, food and yacht races

Late September

Kinsale

Gourmet Festival - Food Festival

Mid October

Cork

Jazz Festival

Late October

Dublin

Dublin City Marathon

Late October

Wexford

Opera Festival

Late October / early November

Cork

Film Festival

Mid November