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Climate

Ireland has a mild, temperate climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 60° F/ 15° C to 70° F/20° C. Temperatures in spring and autumn are generally 50° F/10° C and in winter between 40° F/5° C and 40° F/8° C. Snow is rare but rain showers can occur at any time of the year, but normally never last that long.

For further information, contact the Met Eireann. Tel: +353 (0) 1 806 4200 or visit www.weather.ie

Language

Irish (Gaelic) and English are the official languages of the Republic of Ireland. Street and road signs are all bilingual. In Gaeltacht areas, Irish is spoken daily though everyone speaks English.

Passport/Visa Requirements

Whilst UK citizens don not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, most air and sea carriers require some form of photographic identity (ID), usually either a passport or driving licence. Visitors are advised to check which form of ID is required with the individual airline, ferry company, tour operator or travel agent before travelling., Non UK nationals must have a valid passport or national ID card as appropriate. Citizens living within the EU and travellers from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are simply required to show a passport. Visitors of all other nationalities should contact their local Irish Embassy/ Consulate prior to travelling to the Republic of Ireland. For a list of Irish Embassies, visit www.dfa.ie

Medical

Vaccines are neither compulsory nor necessary unless you are travelling from an infected country. Visitors from EU countries travelling to Ireland should obtain an E111 form prior to departure. For visitors from non-EU countries, private medical insurance is highly recommended.

Visitors with a disability

The southwest region extends a warm welcome to disabled visitors. Many public places and visitor attractions are accessible to wheelchair users, and an increasing number of hotels and restaurants are well equipped to accommodate guest who have any kind of disability.

For further information, contact: National Disability Authority- www.nda.ie
Tel. +353 (0) 1608 0400

Airports

Cork International Airport is located 6 kilometres south of Cork City and 95 kilometres from Killarney.
Telephone: +353 21 4313131.
Web Site: www.corkairport.com

Kerry Airport is located just off the main road between Killarney and Tralee.
Telephone: +353 66 9764644. Web Site: www.kerryairport.ie

Shannon International Airport
 is located in Shannon, County Clare, 134 kilometres from Killarney and 124 kilometres from Cork.
For further information visit www.aerrianta.ie or telephone +353 61 471444.

By Sea

The Ferry port for the Cork Kerry Region is located at Ringaskiddy, 16 Kilometres south-east of Cork City.
Telephone: +353 21 4551119

Direct Services operate from/to the following destinations:

Roscoff Brittany Ferries www.brittany-ferries.ie
In addition regular scheduled services from the U.K and France are
available via Rosslare and Dublin.

For Further information contact:
P&O Ferries www.poirishsea.com
Irish Ferries www.irishferries.com
Stena Line www.stenaline.com