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Before Arrival

Before your arrival in Ireland...

the irish poet William Butler Yeats once said about Ireland:
“There are no strangers here, only friends that have not yet met.”

For anyone who will come to Ireland, we would like to remind you of a couple of things so that you can enjoy a good time in Ireland.

Climate of Ireland

Irish weather can be unpredictable, so we like to discuss it. A lot.
Ireland's climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F.
A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean.
So while the weather can be changeable – it's rarely extreme.
The seasons: spring and summer
In spring (February to April), the average highest temperatures range from 8 to 12°C, with April considered particularly pleasant. In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 18 and 20°C.
The warmest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight and it gets dark only after 11pm. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland; "sure there's a grand stretch in the evenings".
 
The seasons: autumn and winter
In autumn, (August to October) highest temperatures hit between 18 and 14°C. September is considered a mild, temperate month.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 8°C, while the coldest months are January and February. The temperature drops below freezing intermittently, and apart from a few freak cold snaps, snow is scarce.
When to visit Ireland
There's no such thing as a perfect time to visit Ireland. The summer months are considered high season for visitors. They come for the long sunny evenings, parks in full bloom and eating al fresco in cafés. And of course in summer, there are festivals around every corner.
Autumn and spring are mid-seasons for travelers. You'll enjoy kicking bronze-burnished leaves about in autumn, while spring sees nature kick into gear and flowers blossom. As for winter, a walk through a national park on a clear, crisp winter's day can mean seeing nature at its most impressive.

Sockets

The plugs and sockets in Ireland are different involving a three-pronged formation, the same as those used in the United Kingdom.
A plug adaptor does not change the electricity supplied to the appliance, only allows it to be plugged into a different type of wall socket.
Converters can be purchased at travel stores, some discount stores, office supply stores, and electronics stores. Make sure that you select a converter that will accommodate the wattage of the appliances you wish to operate.

Irish culture, Manners, Etiquette and Politeness

Irish people have the reputation of being very friendly and easy-going. Small talk is an important part of everyday life even among strangers. Being polite is also very important: people use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ often and they use indirect ways to ask for something. E.g.: ‘I was wondering if you could open the window, please?’ instead of ‘Open the window’.

If you make eye contact with a stranger on the street it is considered polite to acknowledge them in some way, for example by saying hello, nodding your head or smiling, look away quickly of the person may think you are flirting. If you are driving in the countryside it is normal to wave or salute at a passing pedestrian or driver. While walking in the countryside it is common to greet someone you encounter.

When Irish people meet they shake hands. Friends will hug or just say hello and ask how you are. Sometimes people will kiss on the cheek if they know each other well. Otherwise people don’t have much body contact and many may feel uncomfortable if you don’t give them enough personal space. If you accidentally touch someone, you should say ‘sorry’ or ‘excuse me’. It is impolite to stare at someone. However, people, both men and women alike, keep eye contact when they talk to each other and it is a sign of trust and that you are interested in what they are saying. If someone avoids eye contact it is generally interpreted negatively; for example they might think the person who avoids eye contact is lying, has something to hide or is not interested. To get someone’s attention it is more common for people to say ‘sorry’ instead of excuse me or pardon. It is polite to hold a door open for someone rather than let it close in their
face. If someone holds a door for you, you should always say ‘thank you’.

traffic in Ireland

Driving in Ireland can be a bit of the challenge for those not accustom to driving on the left. Not to mention, narrow winding roads, rain, mist and fog, sheep and cows, roundabouts, and the dreaded loose chippings. However, if you take it easy you should do fine.


Accommodation
Generally most of the  Irish people live in duplex houses with a small garden. But this does not mean that they are rich. People with less money tend to live in apartments in Ireland.

Don’t forget your ….

-School’s invitation letter you received
-Accommodation letter
-Return flight ticket
-Foreign health insurance.

you could be asked for these documents at the airport in Ireland.

...and never forget that you can reach us anytime during your stay in Ireland!

Address: 23 Marlborough Street Dublin 1.

Places to visit in Dublin

Books of Kells
Books of Kells is one of the most important libraries in Dublin. It is Ireland’s biggest library and historically significant. A library which is 800 years old. The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels in Latin based on the Vulgate text which St Jerome completed in 384AD, intermixed with readings from the earlier Old Latin translation. With its magnificent features the library  attracts in excess of 500,000 visitors a year.


Guinness Store House
Located in St. James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. It's the home of the Black Stuff. This production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. The Guinness Storehouse is the Home of Guinness, where you will discover what goes into the making of each and every pint, and learn about the incredible brand history stretching over 250 years.The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar, symbolically the ‘Head of the Pint”, where visitors can enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Dublin city.


Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres), is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city.  It was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century.


Temple Bar
This place  is considered the cultural quarter of the city. The Temple Bar Pub occupies a corner property and is brightly colored on the outside. The pub was established in 1840 and has been making customers smile ever since. The pub is famous for its beer garden, music nights, craft beer, oysters, Whiskey Tuesdays knowledgeable and friendly staff.


Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Kilmainham is about 15-20 min (by bus) far from the city center.


St. Patrick Cathedral
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures.Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been part of Ireland’s history for over 800 years and today is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint between 1220 and 1260 Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers visitors a rich and compelling cultural experience and is one of the few buildings left from medieval Dublin. The Cathedral is 20- 25 minutes far from the centre of the city. 


Chester Beatty Library
With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. The library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

Living Costs

living costs in Ireland
Tesco , Spar , Lidl and Aldi are due to their favourable prices the most preferred markets in Ireland.

Moreover, if you do not want to spend too much money on clothes and accessory, Penneys would be a good option for you.
 
“Is the cost of living high in Ireland?” In order to answer this question we prepared you a list of average prices in Ireland:

 Bread: 1-3 Euro
 Milk: 2-3 Euro
 Butter: 2-3 Euro
 Cola: 1-2 Euro
 Noodles: 1-2 Euro
 Meat: 5-6 Euro (kg)
 Eggs: 3-4 Euro
 Fruits: 1-3 Euro
 Doner: 6-10 Euro
 
 Rents (house): 1200 Euro (average; city center is more expensive)
 Rents (Single room): 500-800 (average)

Leap card costs: about 100 Euros monthly, if you take the public transport 5 days a week.

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