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Although the weather in Ireland throughout the summer is beautiful and generally quite mild, it is always advisable to be prepared for rain. Dress in layers, have an umbrella at the ready and of course, keep something waterproof handy just in case!
Irish plugs are three-pronged and the electricity supply is 230v 50hz – the same as in Britain. We recommend that you bring a couple of adapters for your various gadgets if you are travelling from outside of Ireland.
The currency used in Ireland is the euro (€). Visa and Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere, however, an American Express card is not as widely accepted. There are various ATM’s and internationally recognized banks throughout the city and city center. Note: Traveler’s Cheques are not widely used and most banks won’t accept them.
English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas and road signs which are bilingual.
Emergency Numbers and Dialling Codes
Emergency numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112. The international dialling code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.
Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas, work places, including restaurants, bars and hotels. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.
Opening hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday, with late night shopping on Thursday evenings until 21:00. Most shops are open on Sundays from 12:00 to 18:00. There are a number of convenience stores, cafés, restaurants and bars in the local area including a bank and ATM.