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Holiday in Ireland
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 is a thriving, bustling and friendly cosmopolitan city which makes our it a very popular destination for business and leisure travellers 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 guarenteed a warm welcome.
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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.
Weather in Ireland
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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 the small building societies which are equivalent to American savings banks.
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 travellers: Valid passport. No visa is required for stay of up to 90 days. For information on work permits and employment of foriegn nationals please use the link here.
Driving in Ireland
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 online quotation see our Holiday Car Hire
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. Hire a car in Ireland instead Holiday Car Hire
Emergencies and Accidents in Ireland
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 centres 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.
Driving tips in Ireland
Driving is on the left hand side, seat belts are compulsory in the front and rear. Speed limits are 50kph in the city limits and 100KPH on open roads and 120KPH on motorways.
Drink driving consumption of no more than .08% Warning triangles recommended. 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 contected at any time by dialing 999 including the Fire Service, Ambulance and Coastal Rescue.
Ireland is a great country to visit and hire a car as the country side 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.
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The welcome in Ireland is big and therefore makes a great destination to visit.
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