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When to go
Let’s start on a positive note: it almost never freezes in Ireland! That said, we can only recommend that you make sure you are equipped with waterproof clothing, because whatever the season, you will get wet, be it from a light drizzle to torrential rain – or both!
That said, as it can be fine “several times a day”, you will probably catch a glimpse of the sun, particularly in the summer. The mild months of May and June are the sunniest. July and August are the peak tourist season and when many festivals take place, among which that of Ballyshannon devoted to traditional folk music in early August.
It rains most in autumn and winter: all the more reason to seek refuge in a cosy pub, particularly on St Patrick’s Day, patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, which the whole country celebrates in characteristic enthusiastic fashion, aided by the “occasional” pint of beer!
Formalities and useful addresses
No visa is required to visit Ireland.
Passport should be valid for length of stay.
Embassy of Ireland – 17 Grosvenor Pl - London SW1X 7HR - [TEL] (0207) 235 2171 - https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/great-britain
Embassy of Ireland – 2234 Massachusetts Ave NW - Washington, DC 20008 - [TEL] (202) 462 3939 - https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/usa
Ireland Tourism Board – www.discoverireland.com
British Embassy – 29 Merrion Road - Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 - [TEL] (01) 205 3700 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-dublin
U.S. Embassy – 42 Elgin Road - Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 - [TEL] (01) 668 8777 - https://ie.usembassy.gov
Money and budget
The Republic of Ireland uses the euro as currency while Northern Ireland uses the pound sterling.
Bank are open Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm in the Republic of Ireland and from 9.30am-3.30pm in Northern Ireland.
You can take out pounds sterling in the ATMs to travel to Northern Ireland for a commission.
Credit cards are accepted in almost all shops, hotels and restaurants. ATMs are widely available in the cities, less so in the country, especially in the West. The best option is to withdraw cash from ATMs.
"Car rental for 1 week (category A): €120/175/£85/110, insurance not included
1 double room in a mid-range hotel: €80/100/£65/85.
1 ticket to a museum: €4/12/£3/10.
1 meal in a pub: €10/14/£8/11.
1 tea or coffee: €2/2.5/£1.5/2.
1 beer: €4.5/6/£5/6.
1 glass of wine: €6/7/£5/6.
1 scone or muffin: €2.50/£2.
Health and safety
Current is 220 V in the Republic of Ireland and 240 V in Northern Ireland. Plugs feature 3 pins. An AC adaptor may be necessary for US travellers.
March 17 – Saint-Patrick's Day
March or April – Good Friday (Northern Ireland)
Last Monday of May – May Bank Holiday (Northern Ireland)
First Monday of June – June Bank Holiday (Republic of Ireland)
July 12 – Orange Day (Northern Ireland)
First August Monday – August Bank Holiday (Republic of Ireland)
Last August Monday – August Bank Holiday (Northern Ireland)
Last October Monday – October Bank Holiday (Republic of Ireland)
December 25 and 26
If you're visiting between July and August, make sure to book early for any place on the South or West coast. Lack of accommodation has become a real problem.
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm and up to 1pm on Saturdays. In small villages, the local grocery store often doubles as the post office.