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.
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.
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
-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.