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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
New Years Day
St Patricks Day
Monday after Easter
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
St Stephens Day
FESTIVITIES & EVENTS
Tradfest celebrating traditional music in pubs and bars around Temple Bar
Late January / early February
Dublin International Film Festival
Late February / early March
St Patrick’s Day Festival with parades and local celebrations
Week leading up to March 17
World Irish Dancing Championships
Belfast City Marathon
May Day Races
International Literature Festival
Wicklow Arts Festival - 5 day spring festival
Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Late May / early June
Taste of Dublin - Food festival
Bloomsday - daylong festival celebrating James Joyce Leopold Bloom by replicating 1904 Dublin
June 11 - 16
Arts Festival - traditional music and dance festival
Irish Derby - major horse racing event
Belfast / Northern Ireland
Battle of Boyne Commemoration - Highly controversial protestant celebration of the historic battle of Boyne with parades held by Protestant groups.
Galway Arts Festival - two week long event with live music, art performances, exhibitions, street shows etc
Second half of July
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - major traditional music festival with competitions in singing and instrument playing
Early to mid August
Galways Races - Major race event in Galway
Late July / early August
Lughnasa Fair - medieval festival
Early to mid August
Dublin Horse Show
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Puck Fair - Merrymaking festival with music, parades and fireworks
Rose of Tralee - beauty and talent pageant week long event with concerts and street entertainment
National Heritage Week - celebrating national heritage with guided tours, walks, exhibitions, music and more
Electric Picnic - major music festival
Match-making festival - fun matchmaking event with lots of music, dance and fun activities
All Ireland Hurling and Gaelic Football Championship Finals
Oyster Festival - marine festival with music, food and yacht races
Gourmet Festival - Food Festival
Dublin City Marathon
Late October / early November