IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer.

 

The Irish are known for many things: St Patrick’s Day, four-leaf clover, Guinness - and for its almost mythical natural beauty; for the string of deep-blue Lakes of Killarney, for the serene Connemara Mountains and for the mystic beauty of the limestone desert called the Burren, for the wildly dramatic Giant’s Causeway and the many hues of green in the Glens of Antrim.

 

Ireland has been called the `Emerald Isle’- and with good reason too. Immortalised in poetry and prose, in painting and in tourist literature too, Ireland with its historic cities and the legendary warmth and hospitality of its people is an attractive destination as more and more visitors find out year after year!

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Ireland is not currently implementing any entry restrictions, but all travelers arriving in the country from areas except Northern Ireland are required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and self-quarantine for 14 days, except travelers with a diplomatic passport.Effective from August 26, travelers who are 16 years or older must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before arrival, at https://cvd19plf-prod1.powerappsportals.com/en-us/As of July 20, a "green list" of countries with low incidence of COVID-19 has been published. Travelers arriving from such countries will not need to quarantine. As of August 4, countries on the list include: Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Slovakia.The list can be found here.Essential supply chain workers are exempted from the quarantine requirements.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Dublin
  • Currency: euro (€)
  • Area: 84,421 km²
  • Population: 4,904 million (2019)
  • Language: Irish (national and official) English (official)
  • Religion: Catholic 78%, Church of Ireland (incl. Protestant) 4.2%, Muslim 1.3%, Other Religion 6.4%, None 9.8%
  • Electricity: 230V, 50Hz - Type G plug (UK plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 17 March, St. Patrick’s Day*
  • 1st Monday in May, Bank Holiday
  • 1st Monday in June, Bank Holiday
  • 1st Monday in August, Bank Holiday
  • Last Monday in October, Summer Bank Holiday
  • 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day

*St. Patrick’s Day is moved to the Monday following if it falls on a Sunday.

Bank holidays in Ireland are public holidays.

Also, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Ireland has a mild temperate oceanic climate, due to the controlling influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Mean annual temperatures generally range between 9°C and 10°C with the higher values in coastal regions. Summer is the warmest season, followed by Autumn, Spring and Winter. The highest temperatures occur inland during the summer, with mean seasonal maximum between 18°C and 20°C while highest values occur in coastal regions during the Winter.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

Peak Season

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Ireland can start as early as September and last until April, but is most consistent from December to March.

HIKE & CYCLE:

No matter what time of the year you visit Ireland, you may well experience 4 seasons in one day! The mildest weather for outdoor activities is usually between June and September although this is also peak tourist season.

BEACH:

Ireland has some stunning beaches along its coastline. The beach season stretches from June to September, but just don't expect it to ever be very hot!

WIND:

The wind is suitable for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Ireland from April to October. Although conditions can be amazing, it can also be rather extreme and cold.

SURFING:

The surfing season in Ireland runs from September through to May, with September to November considered the best months. There is a huge variety of quality and uncrowded surf spots, but the water is seriously cold!

 

LGBTQ

Attitudes in Ireland towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are regarded as among the most liberal in the world. Government recognition of LGBT rights in Ireland has expanded greatly over the past two decades. In May 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage on a national level by popular vote, making same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland legal since 16 November 2015.

 

Ireland is notable for its transformation from a country holding overwhelmingly conservative attitudes toward LGBT issues to one holding overwhelmingly liberal ones in the space of a generation. The first large scale LGBTQ protest took place in Dublin in March 1983 and today they hold a popular annual Dublin Pride Parade.

 

HEALTH

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