Clovers, leprechauns, the "luck o' the Irish" and thick, dark, delicious beer... is there really anything else like Ireland? Steeped in history and tradition, Ireland is arguably our favorite place in the world. A country of story-tellers, authors, beer-makers and legends, Ireland is seemingly the place where everyone in America wishes they were from. "I'm half-Irish... my grand-mother's great-grand-father's cat was a quarter Irish, so I'm..." If you've been to the Ireland, you understand.
Cliffs of Moher
Ring of Kerry
National Gallery of Ireland
You won't need a lucky clover to get around Ireland, as one of the most popular (and convenient) ways to get around the country is by rental car. Start on the east coast in Dublin, and work your way around the south end, and fly out of Galway.
Depending on the length of your trip, and taking geographic proximity into account, the following are our recommended priorities:
4 days: Dublin
6 days, add: Kilkenny
8 days, add: Cork and Cobh
10 days, add: Killarney
12 days, add: Limerick
15 days, add: Galway
More: If time permits, continue back to Dublin for return flight.
Language: English and Irish. Though English is most widely spoken, many of the signs outside of major cities are both in English and Irish, and Irish citizens study the Irish language throughout their formative schooling (though rarely speak it as adults).
Currency: Euro (EUR). EUR is currently 0.93 for 1 USD.
Power Adapter: In Ireland the power sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Crime & Safety: In general, Ireland is very safe. Given its reputation as a country where alcohol flows freely, you have the occasional drunken incident at a pub, and in some areas in Dublin the vibe can get rowdy around such establishments. Even still, if you don't generally make yourself a part of the drama, you won't be a part of it. Violent crime rates are only one tenth of what they are in the U.S.. The only thing you should be wary of is petty theft or pick-pocketing in more densely populated areas.
Emergency Number: 112 or 999
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