Life in Ireland

Irish Weather

The weather is quite mild given Ireland’s high latitude. The average number of wet days (with more than 1mm of rain recorded) ranges from around 150 days along the east and south-east coasts to about 225 days a year in parts of the west.

 

Temperatures rarely fall below freezing point in winter, but can sometimes feel that way due to easterly winds. Irish summers may be considered good if the temperature rises above 16 degrees Celsius, though some parts of the country routinely have higher temperatures, and 30 degrees is not unheard of, although it is rare.

Shopping

Shops are generally open Monday-Saturday from 09:00/10:00 until 17:30/18:00. Many also open for more limited hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays, particularly larger shops.

 

Smaller grocery stores and newsagents will normally open at 08:00 and remain open until 21:00 or 22:00 each day, though these shops tend to be more expensive than the big supermarkets. (Some of the larger supermarkets also have late opening hours; check locally.)

 

Bigger cities will have a late opening night on Thursdays, when many shops of all kinds stay open until 21:00.

Cinemas & Theatre

Cinemas in Ireland are very popular, but can be quite expensive, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. It is cheaper to go to the afternoon shows and during the week, and there is often a student discount available on production of a valid student identity card for certain shows. Some cinemas will also have special student days where, for example, all screenings are half price for students on Tuesdays. You can find your local cinema at usheru.com.

 

Ireland is famous for its theatre and well-known playwrights. Visit irishtheatre.ie for information on what is on in theatres around Ireland. A student discount is usually available on production of a valid student identity card.

Pubs and Night Clubs

The pub is the social meeting place for many Irish people. They serve alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Many pubs serve meals during the day, with some serving food until 21:00-21:30. Pubs in Ireland are also great places to go if you like live music.

 

Pubs and bars are licensed to open from 10:30 to 23:30, Sunday through Thursday. From Friday to Saturday, the closing hours are extended to 00:30. Night Clubs are licensed to stay open until 02:30 at weekends.

Tourism

Castles

Our tiny island is home to some of the most romantic, oldest and most stunningly restored castles in the world. Escape to one every weekend if you want.

 

The Wild Atlantic Way

Fast becoming one of the most iconic drives in the world. Tourists fly in to experience the breath-taking scenery, charming locals and wonderful coastline. You could call this home if you moved here and you’d get to see it all the time.

 

Weekend breaks in places like Dingle

With the island being so small all of the major cities are at most a an hour away from somewhere incredible to escape to for the weekend. When you can take a break in somewhere like Dingle without even leaving the country you know things are good!

 

Ireland is famous for its theatre and well-known playwrights. Visit irishtheatre.ie for information on what is on in theatres around Ireland. A student discount is usually available on production of a valid student identity card.

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