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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Dublin

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Dublin each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

March 17: Saint Patrick's Day (national holiday)

Saint Patrick's Day is a major holiday in Dublin and across Ireland. Celebrations include a huge parade with pipe and brass bands, religious processions, plays in the schools, street theatre, Irish songs and music, etc. Visitors from around the world flock to Dublin at this time, because although this holiday is celebrated around the world, nothing can match the excitement and atmosphere of the festivities in Ireland.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

Late September–mid October: Dublin Theatre Festival (local event)

This 18-day programme of world-class theatre and entertainment from Ireland and abroad offers about 350 performances ranging from great classics to works by emerging playwrights, plus chamber operas, musicals, dance performances and children's theatre, at some 20 venues across the city.

Second weekend in October: Open House Dublin (local event)

This is Ireland's biggest architecture festival, during which Dublin buildings of all types and periods open their doors to the public. In many cases, this event is the only time during the year when visits by the public are allowed. The perfect opportunity to discover the full range of architecture in Dublin: Viking, medieval, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary. Special guided tours are offered by architects, historians, other professionals and enthusiasts.

Fourth Monday in October: Dublin Marathon (local event)

Held each year on the October bank holiday, this major sporting event attracts some 10,000 runners every year, many of whom come from overseas.

October 31: Samhain Festival (Halloween, celebrated nationwide)

Halloween in Ireland is based on the traditional pagan festival of Samhain, when the Celts believed that the souls were set free from the land of the dead, also coinciding with the close of the harvest and the start of the winter season. Although towns and cities across Ireland celebrate Halloween in style, Dublin's festivities are well known for being among the best worldwide. Highlights include a huge parade of spooky floats and monsters, which makes its way from Parnell Square to Temple Bar and Wood Quay, shows and musical performances all over the city, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Late November–Christmas Eve: I Believe Christmas Market (local event)

Against the exceptional backdrop of Custom House Quarter in Dublin, this Christmas market and village presents a selection of Ireland's leading food, drink, craft and horticulture producers. Visitors can discover or rediscover unforgettable flavours and shop for high-quality, unique gifts. Many activities for children are also scheduled.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 30–January 1: New Year's Festival Dublin (local event)

Dublin rings in the new year with a three-day festival of arts, culture and live entertainment. Highlights include concerts, light shows, spoken word events, guided tours focusing on the city's history, art and architecture, beer and whiskey tastings, a masked ball, street parties, and a 5-kilometre run.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Dublin

Dublin enjoys a typically oceanic climate. Winters are relatively mild and summers are cool. Temperatures are quite pleasant in the summer months, ideal for discovering the city and its surrounding area.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 2/36 8/46 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
February 2/36 7/45 50/2.0 Not the best period to go
March 3/37 10/50 54/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
April 4/39 11/52 51/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
May 7/45 14/57 55/2.2 Good period to go Good period to go
June 10/50 17/63 562.2 Good period to go Good period to go
July 11/52 19/66 50/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
August 11/52 19/66 71/2.8 Not the best period to go
September 10/50 17/63 66/2.6 Not the best period to go
October 8/46 14/57 70/2.8 Not the best period to go
November 4/39 10/50 64/2.5 Not the best period to go
December 3/37 8/46 76/3.0 Not the best period to go
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Dublin International Airport

Dublin International Airport is located about 11 kilometres (7 miles) north of the city centre.

  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Dublin and back
  • Voiture
    • Accessible via the M50 and the M51.
    • Three parking garages are available for short-term parking, located near both terminals (EUR 3.00 for the first hour, EUR 4.50 per additional hour or part thereof). The airport also offers two long-term parking lots, with courtesy shuttle buses to the terminals leaving every 8–15 minutes and transfer times of 5–10 minutes (from EUR 7.50 per day).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1 and in the parking garage at Terminal 2.
  • By shuttle bus
    • Four private companies run shuttle bus services connecting the airport to central Dublin, with fares starting at EUR 6.00 each way.
  • By bus
    • More than 10 private companies operate local bus routes between the airport and central Dublin, with fares starting at EUR 2.00.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside each terminal. The trip to central Dublin takes about 15–20 minutes and costs around EUR 25.00.
  • Services : shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone : +353 (0)1 814 1111
  • Website : http://www.dublinairport.com

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GETTING AROUND Dublin

Dublin is an ideal city to explore on foot, because many of the sights are within a fairly short walk of each other. But if this option does not appeal to you, the city has a very efficient public transport system serving all parts of the city.

By bus

Buses in Dublin are reliable and run at frequent intervals, making them the best transport option in the city. Bus stops within the city centre are divided into seven areas: Parnell Square, O'Connell Street, The Quays, Trinity College, Dame Street, Nassau Street and St Stephen's Green. A cash fare of EUR 0.75 applies within the city centre. For trips outside this zone, the cash fare starts at EUR 2.00. When purchased with the prepaid and rechargeable Leap Card (minimum initial travel credit of EUR 5.00), these fares are EUR 0.60 and EUR 1.50, respectively. If you decide to use cash to purchase your fares, make sure you have exact change.

Useful tip: Dublin Bus Rambler tickets, offering unlimited use of buses for consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel, may be loaded onto a Leap Card: the 1-Day Family Rambler costs EUR 14.00 and the 5-Day Adult Rambler costs EUR 30.60.

By tram

Luas, Dublin's light rail tram system, has two lines. Although the system is mainly intended for suburban commuters, it can also be useful for getting around the city. Ticket vending machines are located at every stop. A single ticket costs EUR 1.90 for trips within the Central Zone (and from EUR 1.39 off-peak if purchased using a Leap Card). The round-trip fare in the Central Zone is EUR 3.50. There is a daily cap of EUR 6.40 for trips purchased using a Leap Card, meaning that you will never pay more than this amount for all tram travel on a single day.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful in Dublin and are therefore an interesting transport option, especially at night. A trip within the city centre costs between EUR 5 and EUR 10.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Dublin, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Fáilte Ireland

Fáilte Ireland, the Irish tourism development authority, provides information and recommendations for sightseeing, accommodation, special offers and events through the website VisitDublin.com, the Visit Dublin Centre, and its three Discover Ireland Centres (one in the city and two at the airport).

  • Adresse: Visit Dublin Centre 25 Suffolk Street Dublin 2
  • Addresses of Discover Ireland Centres in Dublin:
    • 14 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
    • Arrivals Hall, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport
    • Arrivals Hall, Terminal 2, Dublin Airport
  • Website: http://www.visitdublin.com

Further information available online for visitors to Ireland

Fáilte Ireland also operates an official website offering comprehensive information and listings for accommodation, activities, tourist attractions and special offers throughout the country, including Dublin.

Website: http://www.discoverireland.ie

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Ireland is the euro (€).

$1 = €0.87

€1 = $1.15

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Ireland.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

It is advisable to drink bottled water in Dublin.

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Administrative formalities

For a stay of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Ireland.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Ireland for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

To find out whether you will need to obtain a visa for your stay, visit the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service:
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Short%20Stay%20Visa%20Waiver%20Programme

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Good to know

00 353
+ phone number without the 0 (calls to Dublin)
5 : 00
of time difference with
New York
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?
Tipping is not a common practice in Ireland, regardless of the quality of service provided. On the other hand, in both hotels and restaurants, the bill always includes a service charge of between 10 and 15 percent.