Useful Information

Electricity

220 / 240 volts. 3 Pin Plug.

Driving in Ireland

Traffic in Ireland drives on the left.

Insurance   

The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

Language     

The main languages are English and Irish and most signposts in the Republic are bilingual. English is spoken by everyone while Irish is generally confined to pockets of the south-west, west and north-western coastal areas.

Money    

The Euro is the currency in the Republic of Ireland. The Euro has 100 cents in the euro with coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 & 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros. Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro.

Foreign exchange bureaus are available in most banks, post offices, Tourist Information Offices, airports, some shops and accommodation. Bureau de Change kiosks are also situated in many towns and most cities. There are no exchange controls in Ireland. Any sums of money in any currency can be freely brought into or taken out of the country without disclosure or other formalities.

Smoking      

Under current legislation, smoking has been banned in all public areas and work places, including restaurants, pubs and bars. Smoking is still permitted in hotel bedrooms which are designated as smoking bedrooms by the hotel. Smoking in bedrooms in guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation is at the discretion of the owner. There are substantial penalties in place for those found to be in breach of these regulations.

Tax   

Refunds Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods. Cash back is the simplest and most widely used VAT refund service that issues cash refunds on departure for a handling fee. Ask for cash back form when you make your purchase.

Time    

From March to October, Ireland operates on GMT Greenwich Mean Time + 1 hour.

Shopping  

Shopping hours in general are from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with shops open until 8.00pm on Thursdays, and many shops open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday.

Tipping   

Hotels and restaurants often add 10-15% to the bill especially for large parties. This is not mandatory in the Republic of Ireland. Tip cabs 10% and porters 60c per bag.

Weather   

Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with mild winters and relatively cool summers.

Autumn scenery in Killarney is gorgeous, as the surroundings hills and mountains turn to gold and red. It can be very damp in September, October and November, however, and chilly too, with daytime highs averaging around 10-12°C. October and November are Killarney’s wettest months, and winds can lash the town too. Mist and fog roll in to shroud the town sometimes, giving it an air of mystery. Take a sweater and something waterproof if you’re visiting Killarney in the autumn.

It is always wise when travelling to Ireland to pack rain gear or an umbrella.