Frequently Asked QuestionsGeneral camping questions
Guidelines for driving in Ireland
General tourism information
2. GasSome visitors have difficulty replenishing their stock, so we suggest you bring an adequate supply for your visit. Camping Gas International is widely available.
3. ElectricityMost parks offer between 6 and 10 amps. The blue Euro male/female connection is standard.
4. TelephonesParks often offer payphones or card phones. Since the introduction of mobile-phones however, many of the public phones have been removed. Country access codes are listed in the front of all telephone directories. Examples are:
Northern Ireland 08 + area code + number
UK 00 44 (drop zero from area code) + number
France 00 33 + area code + number
Germany 00 49 + area code + number
Italy 00 39 + area code + number
UK:Dogs can be brought into Ireland without passport
Rest of World:for further information please go to Dept of Agriculture website and link to the following page. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/index.jsp?file=pets/intro.xml
On main roads the yellow dotted line designates the hard shoulder. One should not drive on it, however, as a courtesy in Ireland many HGV's and slow-moving vehicles pull onto it to allow traffic to overtake.
7. Departure TimesCheckout times on parks are 12 noon unless otherwise agreed with park proprietor.
8. Emergency NumbersFor fire, Gardai, ambulance, lifeboats, coastal, mountain and cave rescue dial 999 or 112 and ask the operator for the emergency service you require.
9. Sites open all-year round
A number of sites are open all-year round. It is advisable to check before you travel to ensure they will be open at that particular time. For full details go to the sites webpage.
Antrim - Clare Glen & Dundonld
Leitrim - Battlebridge
Cork - Berehaven, Jasmine Villa & O'Riordan's
Kerry - Wave Crest
Mayo - Cong
Tipperary - Parson's Green & Glen of Aherlow
Wexford - Ferrybank
1. Seatbelts:It is compulsory for both front and rear seat-belts to be used in Ireland, both North and South. Children under age 12 must ride in rear seats.
2. Traffic Flow:Traffic travels on the left-hand side of the road.
3. Speed Limits:Speed limits are 50kph in built up areas and in cities. 100kph on Dual Carriageways and the open road. Motorways 120kph.
4. Documents:A valid driver's license in English
5. Tolls:The ring-road around Dublin [M50] requires that you pay an amount every time you drive through the toll. This can be paid in any garage/shop where you see the 'EFlow' symbol, or you can pay online. www.eflow.ie/payment/ Please note that this must be paid by 8pm the following day.
If you have hired a car/campervan, this vehicle may already be on a 'tag' system for the toll. Other major roads around the country also have tolls on them, but you can pay them at booths along the road.
6. Mobile Phones:Do NOT, under any circumstances, drive while talking on mobile phones. Pull over and stop before using your phones.
NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE THERE ARE SEVERE DRINK DRIVING PENALTIES
PopulationThe population of the Republic of Ireland (26 counties) is nearly 5 million. Dublin is the largest City with over one million inhabitants, Cork the second largest City and Limerick, Capital of the Shannon Region, is the third.
LanguageEveryone in Ireland speaks English. The country is bilingual, English and Irish (the Gaelic language). Signs are in both English and Irish.
The dominant influence on Ireland's climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude.
Average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country.
For example, summer mean daily maximum is about 19 °C and winter mean daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas.
For further information please visit http://web.archive.org/web/20060110114814/http://www.met.ie/
ClothingDress for the weather! Temperatures can vary dramatically from day to day. Very cold and wet with possibility of snow and ice in the winter- November to February. In summer it is warmer but can still be wet and windy. Be prepared!
Electric CurrentThe standard electrical supply is 230 volts AC (50 cycles); plugs are flat, with three pins. If required, small travel transformers should be purchased before departure to Ireland.
All shops are generally open from 09.00H to 17.30H Monday to Saturday. Many small local shops, and grocery shops in villages and small towns open daily until 22.00H. Shopping centres normally have one or two late night openings each week. Many of the larger Shopping Centres in the main cities stay open late during the weekdays and are open Saturdays and Sundays too.
Banking and CurrencyThe unit of currency is the EURO. Banks are normally open from Monday to Friday 10.00h to 16.00h. Many Banks stay open until 17.00h on Thursdays. Visitors are advised to change their bank notes at banks and Bureau de Change centres to get the best exchange rate. Most credit cards, including all cards carrying the Eurocheque symbol are accepted in hotels, restaurants, petrol stations, clothing and gift shops. ATM's located at most banks in big centres accept major credit cards.
Post OfficesPost offices are normally open from 09.00H to 17.30H Monday to Friday and 09.00H to 13.00H on Saturday. Almost every town and village has a main post office or a sub post office.
Medical TreatmentEU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain an E111 form prior to departure. This should be presented to the doctor or hospital, along with identification, if and when required. If you think you are entitle to cash benefits, you should apply within three days of becoming ill to :
Department Of Social Welfare,
EU records, Floor 1,
O'Connell Bridge House,
Visitors from other countries should check with their insurance agent or broker before traveling.
Public HolidaysThe following are the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland. Most companies and shops are closed on these days.
January 1st: New Year's Day
March 17th: St. Patrick's Day
Friday before Easter: Good Friday
Monday after Easter: Easter Monday
First Monday in May: May Day Holiday
First Monday in June: June Holiday
First Monday in August: August Holiday
Last Monday in October: October Holiday
December 25th: Christmas Day
December 26th: St. Stephen's Day
CurrencySince 2001 the Euro € is the unit of currency. Please check with your bank for rates of exchange. Euros if required can be purchased at foreign exchange departments at your local bank or at any bank in Ireland (including those located at any bank in Ireland (including those located at airports which are open for all flight arrivals). ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are located at most banks and most accept major credit cards, particularly Visa and MasterCard, as well as Plus and Cirrus debit cards. Ireland.
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