Working in Ireland: Useful Facts About Living in Ireland ::

Fact sheet:
Official name:Republic of Ireland
Irish name:Éire
Capital:Dublin. For general info on Dublin:
Size:70,282 km²
Population:3,9 million
Borders:Northern Ireland (north), Irish Sea (east), Atlantic Ocean (south, west)
Official languages:English, Irish

Electrical Appliances/Voltage

In Ireland the standard voltage is between 220 and 240 volts. Plugs are three pronged as used in the UK . Adapters can be purchased for appliance conversion.

Shopping in Ireland
Shops generally open from 09.00 - 18.00, Monday - Saturday with late opening on Thursday until 21.00. In Dublin , Cork , Galway , Limerick and main cites, many shops open on Sundays from 12.00 until 18.00 and some of the larger Shopping Centres open late during the week.

Irish Weather
Dublin has a mild, temperate climate. Showers can occur at any time of the year, but usually pass quickly. Average temperatures in summer range from 16-20°C / 60-67°F and in winter, from 4-7°C / 39-44°F.

The currency is the Euro (€).Banks are open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00 with late opening on Thursday until 17.00. Most bank ATM machines accept the 'Plus' or 'Cirrus' symbols and credit cards are widely accepted. Personal cheques from non-Irish based banks are not accepted anywhere in Ireland.

Public Holidays
Public holidays in the Republic of Ireland are:

New Year's Day (January 1)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Good Friday (though this is not a statutory holiday many businesses close and pubs are closed all day)
Easter Monday
May Holiday (first Monday in May)
June Holiday (first Monday in June)
August Holiday (first Monday in August)
October Holiday (last Monday in October)
Christmas Day (December 25)
St. Stephen's Day (December 26)

Entertainment in Dublin
One thing that you won't be short of in Dublin is entertainment. Whole areas of the city, like Temple Bar, buzz with energy and creativity. Just walk around the streets and you'll see the diversity; hip bars, all pale wood and aluminium, alongside traditional old pubs for a pint of Guinness . "One hour in Dublin and you'll experience a great mix of its explosive mixture of energy and warmth, music and style. Not to mention a mind-blowing collection of 1,000 pubs. Welcome to the melting pot of European Cultures." Cosmopolitan , UK.

The traditional diet of Irish and international classics at the 'establishment' theatres is now spiced by experimental or fringe programmes at newer, smaller venues, where tickets are cheap, and drama is accessible and popular. The Dublin Theatre Festival takes place each October and brings together the cream of Irish and international theatre for two weeks. The Festival is accompanied by an exciting and enlivening Fringe Festival.

Traditional music is what a lot of people want to hear when they visit Dublin , and there is ample opportunity. The traditional music scene has flourished in recent times, and today it is played and listened with enthusiasm all over the country. The most common place to hear live traditional music is in a pub, but you should also check any of the regular listings in the newspapers and events guides.

All Irish pubs, clubs and restaurants exercise a non-smoking policy.

For information on holidaying in Ireland:


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