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Dublin and Shannon are the main airports. There are also international airports in Cork and Mayo (Knock).
There are a number of ferry companies operating between Ireland and the UK and France. It's around three hours from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin and around 18 hours from France to Ireland. The ferries that travel these routes are quite luxurious. You can travel first class or a more economical seat, but either way it can be quite an enjoyable experience. There are bars and restaurants and cinemas on the ferries.
Irish rail is the state owned train company in Ireland. The train network in Ireland only covers a small part of the country. You can get from Dublin to most major towns on a train but if you want to go anywhere but Dublin you might not be so lucky. For example there is no rail service between Galway and Cork on the west coast. However the train themselves are of a fairly high quality and service and generally run on time. They can be a bit pricey though. In Dublin there is the Luas, a tram network, as well as the Dart, which services the Suburbs.
Bus Eireann is the state owned bus company which operates on most routes throughout the country. It’s a fairly decent service and covers most routes that trains don't. There are also many private bus and tour companies which can help you access the vast majority of the country.
It is important to remember that Ireland is not the crime free Utopia that can often be portrayed as. It is a modern country with its fair share of modern problems. A lot of violent crime in Ireland can be put down to drink or drugs, so try to avoid being on the streets when the crowds pour out onto the street at the same time. The bars and clubs close around 3am on the weekends and everyone is kicked out at the same time, this crazy licensing policy leads to a lot of social disorder problems. Ireland has a very high crime rate and at times the highest in the EU. Most murders in the country were gangland related and didn't affect tourists. In fact if you avoided inner city Dublin at night, or many of the other larger towns in Ireland, you would dramatically decrease the chances of becoming a victim of crime. But do you really want to avoid these towns? Just be sensible, don't get too drunk, and do not walk around on your own.
Women travelling alone
There's no doubt that Ireland is a safe place for women, but is should be noted that it has one of the highest rates of rape and sexual assault in the EU. Most of these are domestic, however it is not unknown for women travelling alone to get assaulted and even murdered. Avoid getting drunk, and watch out for someone spiking your drink. Find out about dangerous places to visit from local people.
Emergency Numbers – 911 or 112
For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section.
If you are a citizen there are two categories of health coverage in Ireland.
- Category one – medical card which covers GP visits, hospital costs, dental, maternity, etc are all covered.
- Category two – GP visits are not covered, or A&E, but all in-patient and outpatient public hospital services are covered after the initial charge of up to €100.
Many people in Ireland have private health insurance sue to the relatively poor treatment patients in the public sector receive such as longer waiting lists, crowded hospitals.
If you want to skip the queue or go to the best hospitals you will need private health insurance, it is very much a two tier system.
If you are moving to Ireland from abroad you may be able to move over your current medical insurance.
There are very high standards in food and drink.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
EEA (EU, and Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein) or Swiss Nationals don’t need employment permits. Romanian and Bulgarian nationals still need permits, as well as non-EEA nationals.
Green card permits are available for all occupations with an annual salary above €60,000 and for a restricted range of occupations with an annual salary above €30,000. If earning above €30,000 but below €60,000 and not eligible for a green card you may still be eligible for a work permit.
Your nearest Irish Embassy will advise you if you need a travel visa.
There are laws in Ireland protecting employees. Rates of pay, working hours, leave, health and safety, changing jobs, employment rights are all covered.
You need to have a job offer before you get a permit.
You can register for your PPS number in any social welfare office. You will need a permanent address and proof of identity. Your PPS will help you access benefits and information such as social welfare, Revenue, public healthcare and education. You will need a passport, birth certificate, evidence of address.
www.citizensinformation.ie has all the info you will need regarding working in Ireland.
You can rent houses, apartments, house shares, bedsits. Check out the local advertiser paper, and websites such as www.daft.ie.
Rights as a tenant:
Entitled to certain minimum standards of accommodation.
Entitled to a rent book.
Landlord should only enter your premises with your permission.
You are entitled to reimbursement for any repairs that you carry out that are the landlord’s responsibility.
You are entitled to a certain amount of notice of the termination of your tenancy.
Obligations of a tenant:
Pay your rent on time.
Keep the property in good order.
Inform the landlord of who is living in the property.
Avoid causing damage.
It has often been said that you can tell it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer. It does rain often in Ireland but luckily there's plenty to do in any weather.
Coldest Months – January and February with mean daily temperatures of 4-7 degrees Celsius.
Warmest Months – July and August with mean temperatures of 14 – 16 degrees celcius.
Sunniest Months – May and June, averaging 5 to 7 hours of sunshine per day.
Halloween has its origins in the Gaelic festival of Samhain, a harvest festival to mark the end of summer.
Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest 7 times.
The White House in Washington was designed by an Irishman.