There may be a few things you need to know about before you head over.
Here are 24 practical things to take into account if you're coming to Ireland.
1. Check the baggage restrictions on flights
They can catch you out, especially if you're flying within Europe with Ryanair and you get charged a gazillion euros for carry-on luggage. Don't forget to Google beforehand and check out the weight and size restrictions.
2. You’re going to need an adapter
We’ve wonky looking plug sockets here in Ireland so if you’re making your way over you’d better stock up on the adapters. This is especially true for Americans.
3. It’s going to rain
It will. You might as well pack your wellies now if you’re planning to head over because in Ireland when it rains – it pours.
4. But it might be sunny
There’s also a chance that the sun might actually make an appearance so don’t forget the sunglasses!
5. We don’t all speak in Irish
Thankfully it’s not necessary to be fluent in Irish before you arrive – English is our main language. Not many people regularly speak in Irish in Ireland unless you’re wandering around in the Gaeltacht areas.
6. But we phrase things differently
‘What’s the story?’, ‘do you want a lift?’ and ‘get the shift’, are phrases used on a regular basis here but may not mean what you think they might mean. Never fear though, we’ve a guide to Irish sayings and phrases to help you along!
7. We complain a lot
Usually about the weather, the banks or the government but don't be afraid to join in - we love a good moan about the state of Ireland.
8. We drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road
And by wrong, I mean the left hand side. Just in case you were planning on renting a car!
9. Look to your right when crossing
Following on from that, don’t forget to look to your right when you’re crossing a road. Thankfully there are now handy signs on the ground if you need a few pointers.
10. We were born to jaywalk
Listen, we just can’t help it. If there’s even the smallest gap in traffic we’re going to go for it.
11. Blasphemy is illegal
Yep, it’s true and written in Irish law – whether people actually abide by it however is another story altogether.
12. Don't order a 'black and tan' or 'Irish car bombs' in the local
Just don’t. The barman probably won’t have any idea what you’re ordering and others may find it a bit offensive – don’t bother to risk it, safer to order a pint.
13. Tipping not compulsory
We're not big tippers here in Ireland except in restaurant situations where the 10% to the waiter is almost a given. But no need to tip taxi drivers unless they've shown good service.
14. If you're planning to rent a car, don't forget to book an automatic!
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