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Smoking Ban

Ireland has introduced a blanket ban on smoking in all places of work to protect public health and reduce the incidences of smoking-related illness. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within the island of Ireland, this includes all bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
Although hotel bedrooms may be exempt from the ban, it is applied to all other areas within hotels. (The date for introduction was March 29, 2004 in the Republic of Ireland and April 30, 2007 in Northern Ireland.)

Telephones

The country code for Ireland is 353; for Northern Ireland it is 44. When dialling an Irish number from abroad, drop the initial 0 from the local area code e.g. Within Ireland, our telephone number is 01-4972003. From outside Ireland our number is +353-1-4972003.

Time Zone

Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and, in accordance with daylight saving, clocks are put forward one hour mid-March and back one hour at the end of October. During summer it stays light until as late as 23.00hrs; but by mid-December it can be dark by 16.00hrs.

Access to Ireland

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Access to Ireland has never been better with flight routes and capacities increasing greatly in the past few years. 

The image to the right indicates a selection of the airlines that have routes into Ireland. 

There are four international airports on the island of Ireland; Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Cork. There are also many regional airports. 

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.
Winters are mild with temperatures in the coldest months, January and February, rarely falling below freezing. The sunniest months are May and June with up to 18 hours of daylight. In the warmest months, July and August, temperatures can sometimes reach up to 25 C (78 F).
Visitors expect to see some rain and occasional mist during their visit, but are also likely to experience glorious sunshine, sweeping cloud formations, and beguiling rainbows. The weather can vary dramatically from day to day; it can also change from fair to showery and back again to fair in a matter of minutes. June is typically the driest month and the winter months of December and January are the wettest.

One of Ireland's most popular drinks is a cup of tea, but lager or Guinness (Porter) served in a pint glass (0.46l) are the most common drinks to be seen in Irish pubs. Prices vary from location to location. The following is a guideline to prices in pubs in central Dublin:
Pint of Lager: €5.00
Pint of Guinness: €4.50
Measure of Irish Whiskey: €4.20
Bottle of Coke: €2.80
Bottle of Mineral Water: €2.80
Glass of Wine: €5.00


Some popular Irish Foods include:
Potato - roast, boiled, mashed
Colcannon - mashed potato with spring onion
Beef - roast beef, steaks
Lamb (especially in spring) - roast, grilled (cutlets)
Irish Stew (with lamb and potato)
Smoked or Fresh Salmon
Shellfish - Oysters, Mussels, Dublin Bay Prawns
Brown Bread
Farmhouse Cheese
Apple Pie with cream
Baileys Cheesecake

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