About Ireland and Galway


Ireland has a mild climate with the warmest months being July and August. For more information and the current temperature click here

The currency of Ireland is the Euro, which is made up of 100 cents. For daily exchange rates click here

There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish, which is the national language, and English which is the language of the majority of the population.

No Smoking
Smoking is now forbidden in enclosed places of work. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants. For more information, click here 

Time Zone
Ireland is on GMT.

Most hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10-15% to your bill. A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs. Taxis are tipped 10%.

VAT Refunds
Value Added Tax (VAT) is usually included in the price of goods and services in Ireland. Visitors to Ireland from outside the EU can obtain a refund of VAT. Click here for more.

For the latest information on visa requirements click here

Mains electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. For more, click here


Galway, which is European Capital of Culture 2020, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city steeped  in culture, rich in folklore and  famous for its cobble-stoned streets, quaint shops and charming  restaurants.

Home to the world renowned Druid Theatre CompanyMacnas Street Theatre Company and An Taibhdhearc and with an array of vibrant festivals, there is much to do in this wonderful city. In fact, Galway was recently named 'one of the world's top cities for travellers in 2020' by travel guide Lonely Planet.

In addition, the surrounding landscape leaves one breathless, from the prehistoric fort of Dun Aengus, the most westerly point in Europe, to the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and the Burren.

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