The Republic of Ireland covers an area of some 70,282 square kilometres (27,136 square miles)and has an estimated population of 3,621,000 (in 1996). Of those, over 1 million live in the greater Dublin area. Generally Ireland has a young population, with 44% of the population under 25. There are 4 regions in Ireland, Ulster, Connaught, Munster and Lenister. Each is subdivided into counties. There are 26 Counties in Southern Ireland, and 6 in the North (Governed by the UK). Ireland is on the Greenwich meridian therefore we are in the GMT Timezone, approximately 5 hours ahead of EST.
There are 5 main cities in Ireland. Dublin, our capital city is a thriving, bustling and friendly cosmopolitan city which makes our it a very popular destination for business and leisure travelers alike.
Galway in the West, has a large student population, which brings a young, vibrant atmosphere to the pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops on its busy and colourful streets. The city is full of artistic talent, culture, history and music. Many international artists have moved to the Galway region, inspired by the rugged landscape, the sea and the clear light.
Kilkenny in the South East, Waterford on the South East Coast, Cork in the South and Limerick on the Mid West Coast. Wherever you visit in Ireland you are guaranteed a warm welcome.
Honeymoons in Ireland
The Irish are full of charm so a honeymoon in Ireland is a great choice of destination. Start your Honeymoon in Ireland with a few nights in the capital city of Dublin and then take a rental car out into the countryside of Ireland and visit some of their wonderful Castles and beaches. The best time to visit Ireland is in the summer when the days are long and the sun can be found on the odd day! Dublin makes the perfect city break but a drive around this beautiful island will leave you with many memories.
Weddings in Ireland
Many celebrities have chosen a wedding in Ireland as their destination of celebration. There are many options to consider such as Carbra Castle with its long history dating back to 1790. or to the luxury five star resorts such as the KClub or The Adare Manor . For assistance in planning your wedding in Ireland, contact goeasy travel by telephone or email, for your personal quotation.
Golf Holiday Ireland
Golfing in Ireland is one of the nicest ways to spend your time in Ireland. There are so many golf courses in Ireland to choose from that it’s hard to know exactly where to start. A golf break in Ireland can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. From the luxury five star resort KClub to the four star hotel Carlton House Hotel to a guest house in Ireland offering Bed and Breakfast Goeasy travel can help with booking tee times and suggesting the right golf course for the ability of the golfers wishing to play. Call or email today for more information
Restaurants in Ireland & Irish Food
Ireland has some of the best restaurants and hotel catering in Europe. Most hotels include excellent restaurants, some of the best in the country. European, continental and international cuisines as well as Irish specialties and our superb seafood are all available. If you have arranged your own holiday, you will be free to choose from our many restaurants, pubs and eateries during your stay.
Accomodation in Ireland
Most accommodations include breakfast but if you do not always fancy a large traditional Irish breakfast, you can usually choose from a variety of fruits and cereals in a continental breakfast. Many restaurants offer vegetarian options and some that specialize in vegetarian food are excellent. If you have these or other special food requirements it best to check ahead with the hotel or restaurant.
Very few Irish hotels, guesthouses or B&Bs have kitchen facilities in the room though many will have an electric teapot for your own afternoon spot of tea.
Weather in Ireland
The weather in Ireland can vary from one day to the next but it’s not the reason why you visit Ireland.
The coldest months are January and February with daily temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius.
The warmest months are July and August with mean temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius.
The sunniest months are May and June, averaging five to seven hours of sunshine per day.
Average annual rainfall:
800-1200mm (31 to 47 inches) in low lying areas
750mm (30 inches) in some Eastern areas
1500mm (59) inches in parts of the west
2000 mm (79 inches) or more In mountainous areas
Banks in Ireland and Currency
The currency of Ireland is the Euro.
Banks in Ireland are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4.30pm (in rural area’s most Banks close at 3pm or 4pm). Many Banks operate a Bureau De Change for converting currency. Banks in larger towns usually have cash machines. However, non Irish cards may not work at all banks particularly smaller building societies which are equivalent to American savings banks.
Cash machines at the large banks (Allied Irish, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank) are part of the international network and will accept most major debit cards. The exchange rates at cash machines are usually as good or better than at the exchange desks. But this is often dependent upon your own bank and you will not know the rate until you receive your statement.
Visa Requirements for Ireland
Requirements for US citizens: (with onward transportation and passports that are valid for at least 6 months beyond the exit date from the foreign country): For all travelers: Valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days. For information on work permits and employment of foriegn nationals please use the link here.
In Ireland all traffic drives on the LEFT hand side of the road and roundabouts go clockwise. If you have never experienced driving on the Left and are generally not a confident driver it will take you a few days to get used to driving conditions here. To connect to the best Car Rental Deals and get a FREE quotation call or email today.
To drive a car in Ireland, you will need a current, valid EU or American drivers license in addition to your Passport for Identification. If you are planning to bring your own car by ferry, it must have a current, valid EU registration. The insurance regulations and costs for private cars in Ireland are extreme. If you are visiting friends or relatives, do not expect to borrow a car.
Roadsigns are marked in a mixture of Miles and Kilometers. The standard format on new roads and upgraded signposts is Kilometers. Our Speed limits are much the same as in the UK, 30mph (50km) in built up area’s and around towns, 60mph (100 km) on the Dual Carraigeways and Main Roads, and 70mph or (115km) on our Motorways.
Emergencies and Accidents in Ireland
Take Care, especially at Junctions. If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident you must report this to the GARDAI, (POLICE), and should do this before leaving the scene. You can contact the GARDAI from any telephone by dialing 999. All emergency services can be contacted at any time by dialing 999 including the Fire Service, Ambulance and Coastal Rescue. If you are DRIVING A HIRE CAR and are unfortunate enough to have an accident you must also inform the CAR HIRE COMPANY. You will find their contact details on the Hire Documents you received at the time of hire.
Calling Home from Ireland
There are plenty of payphones in every town and village around the country. You can either use a coin phone or card phone. Phone cards can be purchased from nearly all newsagents, tourist locations or telephone centers in the main Cities and Towns. Dial 11811 for Directory Enquiries from any telephone. The call is charged. Dial 10 for operator services, 114 for international calls (ex Britain)
A full list of International dialing codes is available in each phone box. If you call home from a hotel you will pay a higher rate for your call than from a public payphone. You can also purchase prepaid calling cards from Sprint, Call Home and a number of other companies. These cards offer Cheaper rate calls than Eircom (The state telephone company) and are available from Newsagents and most service stations nationwide.
Most European mobile phones will work in Ireland if you have the appropriate agreement with your service provider. American mobile or cell phones do NOT work in Europe including Ireland because they are based on different standards. One exception is Motorla phones connected through the Nextel system. These still require the appropriate service agreement with Nextel.
In case of an Emergency in Ireland
Emergency services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112 on any payphone, Irish Telephone or Mobile Telephone. The call is free. You must state your name clearly, location and the emergency service you require. Prank or hoax calls, as in many countries are taken very seriously and is punishable by law.
Ireland is a great country to visit and hire a car as the countryside is so beautiful. Hire a car from Dublin Airport and drive down into the county of Wicklow and beyond. stay on a Farm in a bed and breakfast or visit the Waterford Crystal factory and take home a little reminder of Ireland.
The welcome in Ireland is big and therefore makes a great destination to visit. For more information visit the official Irish Tourist Board