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Welcome to Ireland

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

There is an undoubted air of romance which pervades throughout the diverse and rugged landscape of Ireland. From the craggy magnificence of the west coast to the ancient bog lands and sparkling lakes of the east, the natural diversity of this small island nation is really quite astounding and never fails to capture both the imagination and the hearts of its visitors. The amazingly rich heritage of Ireland and the countless myths and legends which prevail here simply add to the mysticism and pure and beguiling nature of this wonderful country. When you book a holiday in Ireland with JiveHippo, you can look forward to a break full of serenity and local charm.
The people of Ireland have long been renowned for their warmth and hospitality, and this is a reputation that is well deserved. Whether you are in a small country village miles from anywhere or in the middle of a major city such as Dublin, the traditional Irish welcome is ever present, making each visitor feel immediately at home. The cultural heritage of the nation is also well documented, and many of its finest traditions, such as music and theatre, are still very much alive and thriving today.
Dublin, the capital of Ireland is a fascinating mixture of rich history, cultural heritage and modern amenities, all wrapped up in a delicious aura of small-town charm. Although contrasting in nature, the historic architecture of the city’s cathedrals, churches and town houses blends seamlessly with the more modern approach of the splendid shopping centres and magnificent new hotels. It is home to one of the world’s most famous breweries, so it should come as no surprise that Dublin boasts an impressive number of friendly bars, clubs and restaurants, where conversation with the locals comes easily. 
Away from the city lights of Dublin, the many counties which make up Ireland offer a contrasting variety of sights and sounds, both natural and man-made. The coastline of County Cork is lined with bustling seaside villages and picturesque working harbours, while the city of Cork itself is perhaps the most modern, avant-garde location in the country. For spellbinding natural beauty, the counties of Kerry and Galway are hard to beat, offering mist-enshrouded mountains, glacial lakes, medieval ruins and remote villages.# #Things to Do / Must-See Places
Whether you are enjoying the natural scenic vistas, visiting the many historic sites or simply relaxing in the convivial atmosphere of a local pub, Ireland has much to offer every visitor.
Arguably Dublin’s most famous building, Trinity College is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture and landscaping expertise. Located in the centre of the city, the truly magnificent gardens which surround Trinity College have become an attraction in their own right and are free to wander around at your leisure up until 10 o'clock in the evening. 
Whether or not you are a beer drinker, no visit to Dublin, or indeed Ireland, is complete without a wander around the famous Guinness Storehouse. The only part of the huge St James’s Gate Brewery which is open to the public, the innovative design of the Storehouse, seven storeys high and shaped like a pint of Guinness, is truly a sight to behold. At the top of the building, the Gravity Bar boasts amazing panoramic views of the city.
Blarney Castle is an historic monument located in County Cork is most famous for the presence of the legendary Blarney Stone. The long-standing tradition of kissing the Blarney Stone is said to bless the kisser with a fine eloquence or, as it is more commonly known in these parts, the ‘gift of the gab’. A short distance from the castle itself, the village of Blarney offers a lovely selection of gift shops and traditional pubs.
One of the most iconic sights in the whole of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher attract thousands of visitors each year. Rising vertically from the sea, the dark limestone of the cliffs has been shaped into truly dramatic formations after centuries of pounding by the fierce waves of the churning sea below. Add in the myriad of local birdlife which can be seen here too, and you have all the ingredients for a memorable sightseeing experience.

Climate

Ireland enjoys a relatively mild climate throughout the year. Rainfall is frequent, however, leading to the lush green landscape which gives rise to Ireland’s nickname of the Emerald Isle. 

Getting Around

Ireland´s public transport exists in many of the urban areas, and has a number of forms.

In all of the cities, the most common way of transport is the bus service. 

All the cities have their own suburban rail networks.

Health

If you are looking at visiting Ireland then you should get yourself a European Health Insurance Card EHIC. This card can entitle you to state provided medical treatment while on your holiday.

If you do not have a EHIC then you will need to  make sure that you have travel insurance and the funds to cover the cost of any treatment that you may undergo.

Language

Despite Irish Gaelic being the first official language, it is only used on a regular basis by a small percentage of the population — mainly those from outlying villages. The main language spoken throughout the country is English.

Money

The official currency of Ireland is the euro. In some areas close to the border with Northern Ireland, the British pound is sometimes accepted as payment, as this is the currency north of the border.

Safety

Ireland is known to have no difficulties when it comes to safety reports from tourists. 

As with anywhere else in the world you would want to take sensible precautions, when you are in busy tourist areas and on busy public transport, from bag snatchers and pickpockets.

Time

Ireland are under the Greenwich Mean time Zoene (UTC+0:00).

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