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Dublin Cork Waterford
Sligo Tipperary Limerick
Meath Westmeath Donegal

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Dublin Traffic Telephone Charges Tax free shopping
Tax free airport shopping Taxi fares Accommodation charges
Contact information Smoking in Ireland Map of Ireland
Public Holidays Irish Weather


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Dublin Traffic
Traffic in Dublin has become worse in recent years due to a variety of reasons. If you are travelling into the capital city then try to do so outside the busy hours, typically from 7:30 to 10:00 in the morning and from 4:00 to 7:00 in the evening. Dublin operates a series of Bus Lanes in which it is forbidden to travel at certain hours of the day. Some Bus Lanes prohibit traffic at any time of the day. If you arrive in Dublin Airport and Dublin City is not your immediate destination then be sure to consider using the M50 motorway which is a ringroad around the city. This toll-road should be used by visitors arriving in the airport and wishing to travel to all destinations except the city centre itself. Similarly visitors travelling to the airport and wishing to avoid the city centre gridlock should try to interface to the M50 at some point and therefore avoid the traffic delays.

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Telephone charges
Telephone charges are among the most expensive in Europe. If you must ring home then do so after 6pm in the evening as this is when the economy rate begins. If you have an international dialing service from your local operator you should definitely consider using it. There are other options such as SWIFTCALL who are long distance telephone call merchants. You could arrange to purchase a EURO 10 call-card from them before your trip, especially if you think you will be ringing home frequently. Do not use public or hotel payphones or credit card telephones in hotel lobbys as they are very expensive.

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Tax free shopping
VAT (sales tax) is refundable to non-European Union visitors on purchases that they bring back home with them. Be sure to obtain the tax refund documentation from the store where the item is purchased. The refund is processed at the refund agency's counter at the airport of departure. A refund service charge is payable, and the balance due to you can usually be credited to your credit card account or paid in a currency of your choice.

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Tax free airport shopping
All principal Irish airports have extensive tax free shopping areas. In the case of Dublin Airport you can call their Duty-free Express number 1800 747747 to check availability of and/or pre-order your tax free shopping in advance.

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Taxi fares
Taxi fare rates vary around the country but in the urban centres drivers will usually charge EURO 10 as a minimum for a short journey. Travel from Dublin Airport to the city centre should cost about EURO 30 to EURO 40 (depending on the time of the day). Taxi drivers are allowed to use the Bus Lanes that are prohibited to other drivers.

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Accommodation
It is vital to book your accommodation well in advance when you are planning to visit Ireland. There are a variety of different accommodation options available to visitors including traditional Irish 'bed and breakfasts' which can charge anywhere from EURO 30 to EURO 100 depending on the quality of the accommodation and the time of the year (a big consideration!). Hotels of decent quality can cost anywhere from EURO 50 upwards per person. Expect to pay 80 to 100 for decent 3-star accommodation. These generally include breakfast although the new Jurys hotels offer accommodation without breakfast.

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Contact Information
If you are within the Dublin area you can ommit the prefix 01 for any of the numbers below that have that prefix.

The emergency services can be contacted by telephoning 999. This number is accessible free of charge from any telephone and is the initial contact when requiring the Police (Garda), Ambulance, Fire Brigade or Lifeguard emergency services.
The American Embassy can be contacted by telephone at 01/6688085.
The English Embassy 01/2053700
The Australian Embassy 01/6761517
The Canadian Embassy 01/4781988
Lost or stolen Thomas Cook Travellers cheque can be reported to 1800/409170 or 01/6771307
Visa Credit Cards 1800 558002
Mastercard Credit Cards 1800 557378
American Express Credit Cards 1800/626000 and 1800/709907
The national airline is Aer Lingus at 01/7052222

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Map of Ireland

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Smoking in Ireland

There is a complete legal prohibition on smoking in government offices, cinemas, restaurants, national heritage centres, etc. Smoking in Pubs is now completely banned. Smoking on streets is allowed.

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Public Holidays

The following days are public holidays in Ireland, when many shops, banks and amenities may be closed: January 1st (New Years Day), March 17th (St. Patrick's Day), Easter Monday (often in mid or late April), first Monday in May (May Bank Holiday), first Monday in June (June Bank Holiday), first Monday in August (August Bank Holiday), last Monday in October (October Bank Holiday), 25th December (Christmas Day), 26th December (St. Stephen's Day).

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Irish Weather

In Ireland it can rain at any time anywhere so bring a light rain-jacket with you! Temperatures vary from about 19-20 degrees Celsius during Summer to 0 to 3 degrees Celsius during Winter. The average national temperature is 9 degrees Celsius.

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Dublin
Hotels and Guesthouses:
The Shelbourne Hotel 01/6616006
The Westbury Hotel 01/6791122
The Skylon Hotel 01/8379121
Jurys Christchurch Inn 01/4540000
Mont Clare Hotel 01/6073800
Budget:
Egans GuestHouse 01/8303611
Earl of Kildare Hotel 01/6794388
Eglinton Manor 01/2693273
Fitzwilliam Guesthouse 01/6625155
Landsdowne Lodge 01/6605755
Maple Hotel 01/8740225
Redwood Lodge 01/6685019

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Cork
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Quality Hotel 021/275858
Metropole Hotel 021/508122
Imperial Hotel 021/274040
Jurys Hotel 021/276622
Fitzpatrick 021/507533
Budget:
Garnish House 021/275111
Hotel Isaacs 021/500011
Lough Mahon 021/502142
Saint Kildas 021/273095
Redclyffe 021/273220


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Waterford
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Granville Hotel 051-305555
Towers Hotel 051/875801
Jurys Hotel 051/832111
Dooleys Hotel 051/873531
Forte Travelodge 1800/709709
Budget:
Coach House 051/384656
St. Albans 051/358171
Marsuci 051/370429


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Sligo

Hotels and Guesthouses:
The Southern Hotel 071/62101
Tower Hotel 071/44000
Sligo Park Hotel 071/60291
An Cruiscan Lan 071/62857
Millhouse, Ballymote 071/83449
Tree Tops Town House 071/60160
Budget:
Clarence Hotel 071/42211
Lisadorn 071/43417
Atlantic Hotel, Enniscrone 096/36119
Beach Hotel, Mullaghmore 071/66103
Pier Head House, Mullaghmore 071/66171
Cawleys, Tubercurry 071/85025
Ocean View Hotel, Strandhill 071/68115


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Tipperary
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Mount Juliet Estate 056/24455
Grants Hotel 0505/23300
Cashel Palace Hotel 062/62707
Dundrum House Hotel 062/71116
Budget:
Baileys of Cashel 062/61937
Orchard 051/645355
Legends Guesthouse 062/61292
Hearns Hotel 052/21611
Glen of Aherlow 062/56146
Brighton House 052/23665

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Meath
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Old Darnley Lodge 046/32283
Granvue House 042/75109
Station House Hotel 046/25239
Ardboyne Hotel, Navan 046/23119
Conyngham Arms, Slane 041/84444

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Westmeath
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone 0902/9244
Royal Hoey Hotel, Athlone 0902/72924
Shamrock Lodge, Athlone 0902/92601
Bloomfield House, Mullingar 044/40894
Crookedwood House, Mullingar 044/72165
Greville Arms, Mullingar 044/48052
Riverview House, Athlone 0902/94532
Temple Farmhouse, Moate 0506/35118
Meares Court Farmhouse, Mullingar 044/55112
Shelmalier House, Athlone 0902/73190

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Donegal
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Redcastle Hotel, Moville 077/82073
Sand House Hoel, Rossnowlagh 072/51777
Rathmullan House 074/58178
Fort Royal Hotel, Letterkenny 074/58100
Shandon Hotel, Dunfanaghy 074/36137
Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town 073/21014
Kees Hotel, Ballybofey 074/31018
Malin Hotel, Inishowen 077/70770
Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny 074/22700
Hyland Central hotel, Donegal Town 073/21027
Budget:
Moorland Guesthouse, Donegal Town 073/34319
Castle Inn, Greencastle 077/81426
Park House, Dungloe 075/21351
Beach Hotel, Bundoran 074/55303
Teach Campbell, Bunbeg 075/31545
Creevy Pier hotel, Ballyshannon 072/51236


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Limerick
Hotels and Guesthouses:
Castletroy Park Hotel 061/335566
Glentworth Hotel 061/413822
Greenhills Hotel 061/453033
Hanrattys Hotel 061/410999
Jurys Hotel 061/327777
Limerick Ryan Hotel 061/453922
Derbert House, Kilmallock 063/98106
Dunraven Arms, Adare 061/396633
Budget:
Alexandra Guest House 061/318472
Clifton House 061/451166
Cruises House 01/315320
Carrabawn House, Adare 061/396067
Courtenay lodge, Newcastlewest 069/62244
Rathkeale House, Rathkeale 069/63333
Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine 069/84122


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