The euro is the currency of the Republic of Ireland. One euro consists of 100 cent. Notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express credits cards are widely accepted in Ireland.
Banks hours are generally 10.00- 16.30 hrs, Monday- Friday. ATM (cash) machines are located at most banks and accept most credit and debit cards.
The standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC. Visitors may require a transformer and plug adaptor (to convert 2-pin plugs to the standard 3-pin plugs).
Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Clocks are put forward one hour mid- March and back one hour at the end of October. During
summer it stays light until as late as 23.00 hrs but by mid- December it can be dark by 16.00 hrs.
Mobiles Phones- Only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work in Ireland. Visitors should consult with
their supplies before leaving.
Pay Phones- Easy to use country calling cards are widely available at many outlets.
Internet cafes can be found throughout the region. Many libraries also have internet facilities.
The cost of posting a standard letter or postcard is:
Within Ireland 0.60 c
To Britain 0.90 c
To other countries within the EU 0.90 c
To countries outside the EU 0.90 c
Public Holidays 2013
- New Year’s Day (1 January)
- St. Patrick’s Day (17 March)
- Easter Monday
- First Monday in May, June, August
- Last Monday in October
- Christmas Day (25 December)
- St. Stephen’s Day (26 December)
Visitors to Ireland must bring a valid national driving licence with them, issued in the country of their permanent residence. Driving in Ireland is on the left hand side of the road and seat belts must be worn al all times, in the front and back of the vehicle. Drivers should note that they are obliged by law to carry their driving licence at all times when driving in the Republic of Ireland. Motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets.
The speed limit is 120 kph on motorways, 100 kph on national roads and 80kph on non-national roads.
Most of the major car rental companies have desks at the airports, ferrry terminals and large towns throughout the region. Generally, these companies don not rent cars to drivers under 21 or over 70. All drivers must have valid licences. It is advisable to book in advance, especially if you are travelling during the high season or if you require an automatic car or child seats.