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Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Temple Bar is a riverside nightlife and cultural quarter, home to the Irish Film Institute. Largely pedestrianised Grafton Street is the city’s principal shopping area, also famed for its buskers.
Useful local information - Dublin
- Money - In Ireland and Dublin Euro (€) is the currency. You can buy Euros in ATM machines which are available in Dublin airport and are easy to find throughout the city. You can also buy Euros in banks or currency exchange bureaux. Most credit cards and debit cards are accepted in Dublin shops and restaurants.
- VAT - Value-added tax - As at 1 January 2015 the standard rate of Dublin VAT is 23%. Irish VAT is sometimes referred to as CBL (Cáin Bhreisluacha). If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme. For further information please visit the following web site: www.revenue.ie/en/tax/vat/leaflets/tax-free-shopping-tourist.html
- Electricity - Voltage is 220V AC, at 50Hz. Most electrical items from the UK will work without any conversion. Most electrical items from Europe will work with an adapter which can be purchased in most electrical and travel shops and sea ports. Some electrical items from the USA will not work in Ireland. Check the voltage ratings which should be marked on the appliance.
- Telephone - Public telephones are located throughout the city and country. To call Ireland from the United Kingdom you need to dial 00353 then the full national number minus any leading 0. To call a United Kingdom landline or mobile phone from Ireland, dial 00 44, then the UK number without its leading zero. The Republic of Ireland's country code is 353 then 1 for Dublin.
- Climate and weather - There is no extreme weather conditions in Dublin. The weather can be unpredictable but never unpleasant. In spring temperatures average 10-15° between March and May, and although there are showers there are also plenty of dry and sunny days.
- Health services - Each country's health system is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS. This means you may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. It is important you ensure that you are treated by a state healthcare provider as you will not be covered for private healthcare. The UK and Irish authorities have an agreement where UK residents do not need their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access healthcare services if they are on a temporary stay in Ireland. It is enough to show proof that you are ordinarily resident in the UK, such as a driving licence, passport or similar documentation that shows your NHS number or equivalent. Non-EEA nationals are covered in Ireland. Public health services in Ireland are provided in hospitals and communities across the country. For information about health services in Ireland, your entitlements and how to access health of social services contact the HSE info line on 1850 24 1850 in Ireland or +353 41 685 0300 from abroad, visit www.hse.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergencies - If you find yourself in a serious life-threating emergency, you should call 999 or 112. Use these numbers for fire, ambulance, police and the coastguard. Regardless of which number you call in Ireland, there will be no difference and the call will be handled in the same manner. The call is free of charge to the caller.