General Information

Money

The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. Generally, in the Republic of Ireland the banking hours of business are Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours (10:30 to 16:30 on Wednesdays). Northern Ireland uses the Sterling as currency if you wish to expand your stay.

Foreign Exchange

There are currency exchange services in Dublin and there are banks in the local area too. However, we always advise you to secure local currency before travelling.

Shopping

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.

Tipping

In general, tipping is always appreciated. Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill for large parties. Tipping in pubs is unusual except for table service.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are accepted in most service and retail outlets including Maestro and EDC (European Debit Card). Most credit cards can be used in ATMs, especially the Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) ATMs, except for American Express, which can be used at Cashier machines.

Language

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 Dialing Codes

Emergency numbers in Ireland are 999 or 112.

The international dialing code for Ireland is 00-353. When making international calls, you will need to dial 00 + your country code.

Climate

Winter temperatures average 5-8 degrees Celsius (41-46 degrees Fahrenheit) and summer temperatures average at 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit).

For up-to-date weather information, visit www.met.ie

Smoking

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.

Electric Supply

Voltage is 230v Ac, 50 Hz. Socket type is a standard UK 3 pin. Most electrical items from continental Europe will function with an adapter. Otherwise, the hotel may have adaptors available for use.