Ireland Tips


I learned a few things about Ireland along the way, not always willingly though. Some of these things I would have liked to know beforehand so here you are. If you decide to go I suggest you print this out and take it with you as a reference guide.

  1. Money – for us it was $1.44 for every 1 euro, that meant if you divide what you are buying by 1/2 and add that to the total that is about what it cost. Like something that is 5 euros is closer to $7.50. Something that is 100 euros is closer to $150 :what: Be careful where you eat and what you buy and bring whatever you can with you.
  2. Dinner – it’s not served until 6pm, everywhere.
  3. Time – it’s in military time.
  4. Coffee – They only serve milk with coffee not cream. Manly Man asked for cream once and they looked at him weird :eyebrow:
  5. Bread – Most bread you will get is this hearty brown bread.
  6. Dairy – All dairy is really heavy and fatty and delicious. Make sure to try the butter and the yogurt.
  7. Miles – They use Kilometers not miles.
  8. Speed – Even small, narrow roads with no shoulders on big cliffs are 100 Kilometers an hour (that’s 60 mph).
  9. Recycling – They are all big on recycling, it’s everywhere.
  10. Tipping – We read that you don’t tip bartenders and the menus should say if the tip is included but we were never quite sure so we tipped separately as best we could.
  11. Sites – Avoid most tourist spots, just drive around and stop when you see something you like.
  12. Saturdays – Everything in Dublin closes by 7pm, except pubs.
  13. Parking – Make sure you check to see if it’s paid parking, we made that mistake.
  14. Breakfast – Mostly eggs, bacon, sausage, boiled tomato and Corn Flakes.
  15. Lost – When you are lost don’t go to gas stations, go to pubs to ask for help.
  16. Road Signs – Aren’t really very helpful or there just aren’t enough of them when you need it.
  17. Mondays – Everything seems to be closed, no idea why.
  18. Exit Signs – They look like this, or at least I believe these are exit signs.
  19. Diverse – So many different kinds of people, we saw people from Polland, Germany, Australia and a lot of other places.
  20. Friendly – They are usually pretty friendly when you approach them but they hardly ever will approach you. We are both pretty shy so that led to very few conversations.

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  1. DutchBitch

    October 22, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Aside from the cliff road’s thing… are you sure you weren’t in Dutchyland?

  2. Robin

    October 22, 2008 at 7:54 am

    @DutchBitch – Actually, I can’t be totally sure…:confused:

  3. Amanda

    October 22, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Sure, why would you need anything else open on a Saturday? That’s why pubs are there

  4. B

    October 22, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the tips!

  5. Avitable

    October 22, 2008 at 11:30 am

    But did you see any leprechauns?

  6. Robin

    October 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

    @Amanda – True, but I guess we just aren’t huge pub people.
    @B – Anytime!
    @Avitable – Of course, everywhere. Yet only when doing acid.

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