Ireland

Perhaps it’s the amiable nature of the Irish people that is the “Emerald Isle’s” hallmark trait, but its charismatic cities, spectacular rural landscapes and literary heritage have all established Ireland as an enchanting tourist destination. The country’s prehistoric history is still on vivid display at the megalithic site of Brú na Bóinne, while the Georgian architecture of Cork, the medieval streets of Galway, and the dark legacy of Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol are equally evocative.Ireland’s wild beauty is of undeniable allure, witnessed in the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the breathtaking landscapes of Connemara, the rugged coasts of Donegal and the windswept Aran Islands. Take a drive along the famed Ring of Kerry to experience some of Ireland’s most photogenic scenery, dotted with picturesque villages and backed by towering mountains.But central to any Irish experience is having a “craic” (good time) and the hospitable locals know how to guarantee that. Stepping into an Irish pub almost guarantees a convivial atmosphere of live music and enlightening conversation and should be on everyone’s Ireland itinerary.

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Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Ireland are the “Type G ” British BS-1363 type. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you…

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Banking

CurrencyEuro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2…

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Cuisine

Tap water is generally fine to drink, although stories in recent years have suggested that in some areas the levels of fluoride might be risky, particularly…

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Climate

Ireland’s relatively temperate climate is due to mild southwesterly winds and the effects of the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Summers are warm – only rarely…

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Transport

Aer Arran (www.aerarann.com), Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) and Flybe (www.flybe.com) currently have domestic routes, between them covering Dublin, Kerry,…

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Dress

Lightweight clothing is recommended during summer with warmer medium weight clothing advised for the winter. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year….

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Health

Please consult your health-care provider 4-6 weeks prior to travel to ensure you are receiving all required vaccinations, and that the medication has enough…

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Safety

Ireland is safe in general. We recommend normal precautions be taken as you would for any city in the world. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in…

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Visa

Make copies of all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc. Keep copies with you and back at home. If anything…

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General

Language:Irish (Gaelic) is the official language. Estimates vary on the number of people who genuinely speak it as a first language (somewhere between…

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