Irish weather is very changeable so you need to be prepared for all eventualities!!!! You can get all four seasons in one day at times ........
The easiest thing is to bring layers & include something waterproof!!!
If you do get caught out in a shower in the city then a branch of Dunnes or Pennys is your best bet for a reasonably priced umbrella.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the most part, we were lucky with the weather while we were in Dublin as we got to enjoy quite a few sunny days, but you never know what to expect - in one day it went from being sunny, to cloudy, then the rain started, then hail (!!), and then the sun came back out again! I'd brought with me a light waterproof windbreaker and I ended up wearing it everyday because I never knew how the weather would turn out. The good thing though is that Dubliners are so used to rain that they don't let it stop them from going outside - walking tours won't be cancelled, for example... and there's always a nice pub to duck in if the rain gets too heavy :o)
Bring wellies, or at least water resistant shoes, an umbrella or a rain coat! Since you are never sure when it's gonna start pouring.
However if you dress in all this gear at once everyone will know you are a tourist, sometimes I suspect that the Dubs' are water resistant themselves...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: And don't forget your raincoat either. My first couple days in Dublin were bright, warm, and sunny. Where was the dreary, cold, gray weather that Ireland is known for? Well I didnt have to wait very long to find out. My fouth day there and the rains moved in. I know I was glad I brought my rainjacket though rather than an umbrella because I doubt an umbrella would have lasted in the rain. So moral....even if the weather is nice there is always a chance it will turn so better to be prepared than not.
We hardly had a summer here.. so always pack wet gear..and something trendy to wear out at night.. otherwise you will be refused entry, especially wearing trainers. Lots of cobblestones in some parts of the city so do take a good pair of walking shoes with you. This year 2006 we are having fantastic weather, hotter than the med. Check the weather before you arrive. Nothing worse than being too cold /warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy anything you want here...
Photo Equipment: Expensive, buy before you arrive.
Miscellaneous: Irish people and the weather:
It is often said that the Irish are a Mediterranean people who only come into their own when the sun shines on consecutive days
(which it last did around the time of St Patrick). For this reason, Irish people
dress for conditions in Palermo rather than Dublin; and it is not unusual in March to see young people sipping cool beer outside city pubs and cafes, enjoying the air and the soft caress of hailstones on their skin. The Irish
attitude to weather is the ultimate triumph of optimism over experience:
Every time it rains, we look up at the sky and are shocked and betrayed.
Then we go out and buy a new umbrella.
Luggage and bags:
US Tourists take note: NOBODY IN IRELAND WEARS FANNY PACKS/BUMBAGS, they make you stick out as a tourist. Same applies to aran jumpers, baseball caps, college jerseys and older American guys with jeans. I'm only telling you for your own good. There is nothing wrong with being a tourist but there is plenty wrong with getting mugged because you attracted the wrong kind of attention.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella would be useful, but you'd probably lose it! :) A good warm jacket will see you through.
It will always threaten to rain or just rain, so layering your clothes (vest/t-shirt/jumper/hoody/coat) is the way to go - only tourists wear those special rain jackets.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get these in local supermarkets like Tesco, Dunnes Stores or Roches Stores or in Boots Chemists which have branches in Dublin city cente and all over Ireland
Photo Equipment: Boots Chemist for rolls of film. There is a camera store on Grafton St, on the Stephens Green end if you need more high-spec gear. Plenty of internet cafes and chemists will let you upload your digital camera shots too.
Dublin is a great city, but unfortunately it can be a bit cold and it does rain a fair bit. So just make sure you have an umbrella on you (just a small one will do). And dressing in layers also helps on cooler days.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any toiletries or medical supplies that you might need should be readily available at any chemist in Dublin.
Photo Equipment: A good camera to capture all the sights of Dublin - unfortunately I did not take enough photos with mine, but there is always next time!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As Dublin is close to the sea, it is quite windy and can also be cold, so bring a warm jacket that also withstands the wind, and don't forget the umbrella, it only rained little when we were there, but I think we were just lucky!
Dublin can be wet with a damp cold. Some rain wear is helpful and the damp cold can really get into you, so bring warm clothes and good shoes or boots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problem here. Plenty of Chemists shops, including some 24 hours ones.
Photo Equipment: No problem here again. Plenty of shops, sellimg film and also plenty of photographic shops about.
Bring comfy shoes that are good at keeping water out. It really does rain on and off all the time in Ireland, and you'll encounter plenty of mud.
Dublin-specifically, bring shoes that can handle cobblestones (leave the stiletto's at home). A small umbrella and a water-repellant jacket are good too.
The only thing that I can think of to pack for Dublin that you wouldn't necessarily pack for any other destination might be an umbrella. It rarely buckets here in Dublin but a frequent (constant) drizzle is not uncommon.
Actually I found a waterproof coat more convenient because sometimes it gets windy and then an umbrella is more of a hinderance than a help.
bring all the shoes you need. don't get caught having to buy a new pair. irish shoes are definitely on the ugly side
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach gear. you can safely leave it at home - the sea's far too cold to even thin about swimming in there. if u think u can brave the cold, still desist: thanks to sellafield, dublin beaches are quite unsafe and polluted
Miscellaneous: def bring some raingear. an umbrella or a rainjacket: irish rain is soft, but it's abundant too.
Always take an umbrella or something for the rain. In fact it´s more like a drizzling rain, not too bad really. We had a lot of sunshine in December and it has been quite warm.........
Photo Equipment: Batteries are expensive, so make sure about yours before leaving home.....
Miscellaneous: Don´t bring too many things , leave some space in your case to go shopping!!!
Dont forget a rain coat and an umblella, it rains quite often in Ireland.
VERSION FRANCAISE N'oubliez pas un vêtement de pluie et un parapluie, il pleut relativement souvent en Irlande.
RAINCOATS and UMBRELLAS - you never know
As the saying goes: 'The Irish climate is lovely but the weather ruins it'.
Miscellaneous: DUBLIN city guide by Lonely Planet
I relied on it throughout my stay in Ireland and always got good info on where to eat, what to see, etc.