Ireland is a newcomer to the medical tourism sector and foreign patients generally
seek cosmetic surgery and dental treatments. However, hospitals and clinics in Ireland
offer a variety of services including cardiology, pathology, pulmonary, and physiotherapy.
The Joint Commission International has accredited 16 hospitals and clinics in Ireland,
which are mostly located in Dublin and Waterford which is 98 miles (158 km) south
of Dublin. There are also clinics in Galway (136 miles (219 km) west of Dublin),
Cork (160 miles (257 km) southwest of Dublin), Tralee (186 miles (300 km) southwest
of Dublin), Sandyford (within city limits of Dublin), and Kilkenny (73 miles (117
km) southwest of Dublin).
The official languages of Ireland are Gaelic and English.
Due to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, Ireland’s climate is relatively mild despite its
latitude. It rarely snows and the temperature only infrequently drops below freezing
during the winter months. The coldest months are January and February with the average
temperature being 45oF (7oC). July and August are the warmest months with an average
temperature of 61oF (16oC). For those who enjoy sunshine during the late summer
months there is 18 hours of daylight daily in Ireland. However, it does rain frequently
so pack an umbrella.
Visa / Entrance Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport (at least 3 months beyond
the length of stay) and return ticket, but no visa is required if staying for less
than 90 days.
Airlines Servicing this Destination
Ireland has three major airports:
- Dublin: DUB
- Shannon (closer to Tralee, Cork, and Galway than Dublin): SNN
- Belfast (102 miles (164 km) north of Dublin in Northern Ireland): BFS
- There is also a smaller airport in Cork that is serviced by European low cost airlines
such as Ryanair.
The following airlines have flights to Ireland:
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- Air France
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- US Airways
Ireland offers copious amounts of bed & Breakfasts and hostels for those traveling
on a budget. The prices usually range from $30 to $60 USD with the majority being
between $40 and $50 USD per person per night. Outside of Dublin, in Cork for example,
rooms are a little cheaper ranging from $25 to $35 USD per person per night for
a private room. Three star hotels range from $70 to $123 USD in Dublin.
For those travelers who want to live like a King or Queen can make their desires
come true in Ireland. Ireland offers luxury, 5 star castle hotels scattered throughout
the country that range from $117 USD per night to $554 USD depending on the type
of room. Aside from castles that would make even Robin Leach look on in awe, Ireland
offers an array of 5 star hotels that range in price from $158 to $621 USD per night.
Tourists can also rent beach villas and cottages for around the same price as a
room in a castle.
The currency of the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (EUR).
The currency of Northern Ireland is the British Pound (GBP).
The exchange rate of U.S. dollars to British Pounds is $1 USD to â‚¤0.61 GBP (exchange
rate subject to change).
The exchange rate of U.S. dollars to Euros is $1 USD to €0.73 EUR (exchange rate
subject to change).
The international access code for Ireland is 353.
In order to call Ireland from the U.S. or Canada you must dail 011 (exit code) then
353 (country code for Ireland), then the area code, then the phone number.
To call the U.S. from Ireland you must dial 00 + 1 + area code + phone number
To call a cell phone in Ireland from the U.S. and Canada you must dial 011 + 353
+ 8 + the nine digit phone number.
The area code for Dublin is 1
Cyber-cafes are widely available in major cities and towns. Larger hotels throughout
the country offer Broadband Internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Dublin: 1-668-8777 business hours; 1-668-9612 emergencies.
From the plush greenery of the countryside to the bright lights and social events
of Dublin, Ireland offers a myriad of activities that can satisfy anyone from the
laidback to the extroverted traveler. For beer connoisseurs (especially those who
enjoy dark beer), Dublin is home to the famous Guinness Storehouse & St. James
Gate Brewery. Once you are done touring the brewery, be reminded that greenery is
not just a fixture in the countryside. Dublin is home to parks and gardens including
the Inveigh Garden and the Garden for the Blind. Of course no trip to Ireland is
complete without a visit to one of its many pubs.
The activities offered in Dublin (like most major cities) are more varied than elsewhere
in Ireland. However, travelers are quite pleased with what the rest of the country
has to offer. Bunratty castle located near Shannon Airport is a popular destination
amongst tourists as well as stately homes such as Castle Ward and Bantry House.
Popular monastic sites include Glendalough and Clonmacnoise.
From department stores and designer boutiques to markets and crafts, Ireland can
satisfy the shop-aholic in all of us! The Asia Market is a friendly food emporium
that also sells kitchen accessories, and Cow’s Lane Market is popular among the
hipster crowd. Ireland is also home to many bookstores, record stores and antique
Nightlife and the Arts
Dublin is home to many theaters, galleries and museums including the Irish –Jewish
Museum, the Abbey Theatre (national theater), and the Douglas Hyde Gallery. For
those who would rather party the night away, Dublin offers an array of night clubs,
bars, and pubs, from laidback dive bars to trendy discos. Also, The Belvedere boasts
acts from Dublin’s best comedians for those who seek a good laugh.
There are only a few Gaelic newspapers in Ireland and the rest are in English.
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