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IRELAND

We have gathered some useful information to help you plan and best prepare for your next adventure to Ireland! Browse through the information below or visit our travel bonanza for more stories and tips!

HEALTH AND 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Citizens from the EU/EEA will require a valid passport upon entering Ireland. Ireland is not part of the Schengen area, so it is always necessary to go through immigration upon arrival.

Unless traveling from states with visa exemption agreements with the EU, non-EU citizens will require a Visa upon entering Ireland. Please check with your consular services if you are unsure.

SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and safety advice in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Ireland on the pages of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

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 accepted and chahsless payment is very common. Many taxis now accept credit card payments, but if you are using public transport and are on the go in more rural areas, it is advisable to always carry some cash for small expenses.

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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 € 12,00, prices in restaurants tend to be higher starting around € 8,00 for a starter or dessert and from € 15,00 for a main. Quite often, restaurants and pubs offer early bird meals with two or three course menus for around € 25,00 - € 30,00. Drinks are expensive in Ireland, a pint of beer rarely comes under € 5,00 (depending on the region, € 6,00 in Dublin) 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 - Monday - Friday 8am - 10pm, Saturday and Sundays 9am - 7pm

Banks - Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Post offices - Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

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

First Monday in February

St Bridgid's Day

March 17

St. Patrick's 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. Stephen's Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

Dublin

Tradfest celebrating traditional music in pubs and bars around Temple Bar

Late January / early February

Dublin

International Film Festival

Late February / early March

All Ireland

St. Patrick's Day Festival with local parades, processions and festivities

Week leading up to St. Patrick's Day

Dublin

World Irish Dancing Championships

April

Belfast

Belfast City Marathon

Early May

Lisburn

May Day Races

May

Dublin

International Literature Festival

May

Wicklow

Wicklow Arts Festival

Late May

Kilkenny

Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

Kilkenny

Dublin

Taste of Dublin Food Festival

Mid June

Dublin

James Joyce Bloomsday Festival

June 11 - 16

Cork

Arts Festival

Mid June

The Curragh / Kildare

Irish Derby / major horse racing event

Late June

Northern Ireland

Battle of Boyne Commemoration, highly controversial Protestant celebrations with parades

July 12

Galway

Galway Arts Festivals with live performances, music and street art

Last two weeks in July

Galway

Galway Races - major horse racing event

10 days in late July / early August

All Ireland / changing location

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - major traditional music festival

mid August

Carrickfergus

Lughnasa Fair - medieval festival

mid August

Dublin

Dublin horse show

mid 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 

mid August

All Ireland 

National Heritage Week

Late August

Stradbally

Electric Picnic - major music festival

Early September

Lisdoonvarna

Match-making festival

Late August

All Ireland 

National Heritage Week

September

Dublin

All Ireland GAA Championship Finals

Two weekends in September

Galway

Galway Oyster Festival

Late September / early October

Kinsale

Kinsale Gourmet Food Festival

Mid October

Cork

Jazz Festival

Late October

Dublin

Dublin City Marathon

Late October

Wexford

Wexford Opera Festival

Late October / early November

Cork

Film-Festival

Mid November

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