Ireland Warnings and Dangers

  • The crowded Grafton Street in Dublin
    The crowded Grafton Street in Dublin
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  • The road to Kylemore Abbey
    The road to Kylemore Abbey
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  • The road to Kylemore Abbey
    The road to Kylemore Abbey
    by MalenaN

Ireland Warnings and Dangers

  • Around Dublin

    Dublin Warnings and Dangers

    Use caution when you're withdrawing money from ATM machines. Crime, like any city is rampant in Dublin especailly when it comes to withdrawing money from cash machines. Make sure no one is peeping over your back or if you're in the middle of withdrawing cash don't fall for someone tapping you on the shoulder and whilst you look around another...

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  • Warnings

    Cork Warnings and Dangers

    Alcohol could be expensive especially if you get a fine. I found this warning sign along the Liffey River... so stay safely inside the pub to enjoy the local pints and priceless Irish atmospere! Save your money... Drink with moderation!

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  • Warnings

    Limerick Warnings and Dangers

    In Limerick as in any other city/town in the world you just do not travel into some area's which are considered doddgy. I could list these for limerick but you will e told of them if you ask locally and it would be unfair of me to mention them here as there are good people living in those area's of limerick who unfortunately get tarnished with the...

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  • Swimming

    Sligo Warnings and Dangers

    Sligo Town rests at the coastline of Northwest Ireland, and therefore it can have a very beautiful sea, particularly at sunset. However, as tempting as it is, swimming is not recommended at all. Several locals warned Wayne and I not to go swimming in the sea, as the Atlantic current is very strong and could easily pull you away from land. However,...

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  • Howth Head

    Howth Warnings and Dangers

    If you are going to walk round Howth Head you should take the signs saying “Warning Dangerous Cliffs” seriously. The Lower Cliff Walk goes very close to the edge sometimes and it can be slippery after rain. Because of rain and very strong wind (I had almost been blown off the pier) I chose not to walk the narrow path when I visited.

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  • Money

    Inishmore Warnings and Dangers

    There is an ATM on Inishmore now. When I was there first I lost a bet because there wasn't. Back then the bank opened twice a week. Anyway, the ATM in the Spar Supermarket which is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. I really enjoyed this part of the fact sheet I recently got from here. The Bank of Ireland...

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  • Driving / Walking

    Kilkenny Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful where you walk at night in Kilkenny. Avoid walking along the river and off the beaten track. At weekends, John Street can be very dodgy. In November 2006, the local newspaper carried an article on the lastest "craze" in the city. It seems local thugs have taken to lashing victims with whips.

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  • The Cliffs of Moher

    County Clare Warnings and Dangers

    When my wife & I were at The Cliffs of Moher in the fall of 2010, we noticed the same occurrences of many people ignoring the signs and climbing over the low fence for a better look or photo. As we were looking south down the coast we saw a couple of young guys heading to the edge. I noticed that the thousands of years of erosion caused the cliff...

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  • Driving

    Ireland Warnings and Dangers

    ... when in the country driving you might want to drive slowly - for some unknown reason there are suicidal sheep, especially in the midlands that just jump over the ditch onto the street ... ... apart from that it's pretty safe - IF you aren't scared by goblins and fairy folk - hihi

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  • The Weather!

    County Kerry Warnings and Dangers

    Not exactly a danger, unless you are hiking and completley unprepared, but as you can imagine the weather here can change in an instant! The higher you go into the mountains, the wetter it gets and the closer you are to the coast the windier it gets!!! This will not spoil your trip, but will add to the scenery and atmosphere! Honestly, a place you...

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  • General Comments

    County Donegal Warnings and Dangers

    The Irish equivalent of Cliff Richard hails from these parts, and still lives here. Donegal has a well deserved reputation for authentic Celtic music. Unfortunately it's two biggest exports are : 1) Daniel O'Donell : the dreary, housewives' favourite crooning his way through yet more sentimental, tear-jerking codswallop. 2) Enya : piles of...

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  • Drinking

    Dublin Warnings and Dangers

    Back in 2010 Dublin residents were presented with the surreal sight of a real live penquin walking around the streets of the North inner city. Whilst some might have passed it off as an hallucination following a drop or two much of the black stuff the night before it was alive and well. The bird had been taken from Dublin morning at 8.30 the same...

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  • Driving / Walking

    Cork Warnings and Dangers

    July 18 Next we drove through Cork, I had an idea that we could find a B&B right in Cork, boy was I wrong. Driving in the country side with no street signs is one thing, but driving in a city with no street signs and a terrible map is something quite different. So, we drove into Cork and right back out the other side. July 19: At this point we...

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  • Hillwalking Advice

    Sligo Warnings and Dangers

    In the winter if you decide to climb be aware thats the mists roll in quickly and it becomes cold very quickly and when they come in you wont be able to get down the mountain easily. So it becomes dangerous very quickly.Just be careful and let someone know where you are going.

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  • Signpsots

    County Clare Warnings and Dangers

    Well of course, you have to be careful at the cliffs as the sign states. That really goes without saying. Another thing to be a little careful of in County Clare are some of the roads in the Burren region. Some are very winding and narrow and on both sides there are stone walls,so there is no shoulder. Being it was our first day and we weren't...

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  • Dangers

    Ireland Warnings and Dangers

    Pickpocketing may be a problem even though a minor one in large cities in Ireland especially Dublin. It is not so serious in Dublin compared to many other larger cities in Europe especially London, Madrid and Athens. It is still better to prevent it when you can. Pickpocketing will be reduced to a minimum if and when we prevent it. Don't carry your...

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  • Driving / Walking

    Dublin Warnings and Dangers

    I picked a hotel in Ballsbridge, southeast of the city center, specifically so we wouldn't have to drive through central Dublin but then we listened to the Dan Dooley representative who said that it was easiest to go right through the center of the city, during rush hour no less. We were going along fine until we got to the Liffey River, the...

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  • Jazz Festival

    Cork Warnings and Dangers

    Cork Jazz Festival is both a warning and an attraction! Every year during October Cork plays host to the Guinness Jazz Festival. During this time hotels are booked solid, the pubs are crammed with people listening to live Jazz and the all taps serve Guinness. Most of the pub venues are free but wall-to-wall jazz in the Jurys & Metropole hotels and...

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  • Money

    Ireland Warnings and Dangers

    ...stuff like shampoo/soap?! washcloths?! a TV bigger than 12" screen?! are you kidding me! ... reservations (confirmed by phone) mysteriously disappearing when you arrive... your room not being ready because the previous tenant hasn't left yet and no solution offered by front desk... ... paying for full breakfast and getting only continental...

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  • Tourist Victim Support Service

    Dublin Warnings and Dangers

    If you're in difficulty or have been a victim of crime report the incident to the Gardai (Police) and call ITAS. The office is open seven days a week and assists tourists throughout Ireland. ITAS assists with the following: Language difficulties Canceling credit cards - arranging money transfers Contacting travel companies in relation to re-issuing...

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  • Traffic signs

    Ireland Warnings and Dangers

    When traveling the rural (and not so rural) roadways of Ireland, you'll come across many directional signs mounted on a round pole. Sometimes there's just one or 2 directional arrows, at other times they can have 1/2 dozen or more. The main problem being, that this mounting arrangement makes it quite easy to rotate the directional arrow around the...

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  • non-smokers

    Dublin Warnings and Dangers

    Since March 2004 Irish Government introduced a ban smoking in the workplaces in Ireland. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants etc. There are usually some smoking areas provided in most pubs and night clubs (usually outside).

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  • Beware of pickpockets!

    Pickpocketing may be a problem even though a minor one in large cities in Ireland especially Dublin. It is not so serious in Dublin compared to many other larger cities in Europe especially London, Madrid and Athens. It is still better to prevent it when you can. Pickpocketing will be reduced to a minimum if and when we prevent it. Don't carry your...

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  • Who founded Dublin?

    We all know that the capital of Ireland is Dublin. But the history behind it is not founded by Irish people. No. It was founded by vikings from Scandinavia, and we cant say from what country they came from. Why? Because during these time no countries excisted. Probably the vikings came from Denmark or the coast of Norway.

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  • ALWAYS CARRY SUFFICIENT TRAVEL INSURANCE...

    IRELAND What a wonderful place to visit is Ireland but make sure when travelling here that you have sufficient Travel insurance for your needs. Ireland has the reputation for a beautiful picture in a poor frame and Ireland surely is a pretty picture that's for sure but is not without its dangers. When travelling it is difficult to think of...

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  • ... WATCH THOSE SHEEP :)

    ... when in the country driving you might want to drive slowly - for some unknown reason there are suicidal sheep, especially in the midlands that just jump over the ditch onto the street ...... apart from that it's pretty safe - IF you aren't scared by goblins and fairy folk - hihi

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  • what's not included with your hotel...

    ...stuff like shampoo/soap?! washcloths?! a TV bigger than 12" screen?! are you kidding me!... reservations (confirmed by phone) mysteriously disappearing when you arrive... your room not being ready because the previous tenant hasn't left yet and no solution offered by front desk...... paying for full breakfast and getting only continental .........

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  • the mysteriously "not working" visa...

    visa may be everywhere you want to be but their transaction machines don't seem to work!(could it be that the merchant doesn't want to pay the credit card vig?)had this happen more than once (fortunately we learned to carry cash just in case)

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  • Narrow Roads!

    The roads in Ireland are VERY narrow. If you rent a car GET the extra insurance! It will ease some of the stress of driving on the narrow roads. Stone walls often line both sides of the road. See my picture? The area that looks like a shoulder is the lane for oncoming traffic. Trucks and buses are wider then their lane, you may scrape the stone...

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  • The endangered species

    The 'Celtic tiger' is the name given to the so-called economic miracle which existed for about 10 years up to the stock market crash of 2008. It made Ireland one of the most expensive places to visit in Europe.Prices have dropped a little, but this warning is more about the hotel sector.It is widely predicted that during 2009 at least one hotel a...

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  • Mind the sheep!

    When driving in Ireland's rural countryside take your time, and adjust your pace to the local rhythm. Remember that in these areas the sheep are the queens of the road, and around every corner there may be a sheep walking or standing in the middle of the road, trusting your good driving instincts. So, please, mind the sheep!

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  • Hedge on the left, white line on the...

    Driving on Ireland's narrow country roads is fun but also dangerous. Constantly winding between high hedges, visibility is often zero. There is usually only one lane in each direction, and no margins at all, so that the road does not tolerate careless drivers. Always keep to your lane (the left one of course!), and respect the white line dividing...

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  • Watch the ditch!

    When driving along narrow country roads, be mindful that a ditch typically runs along either side. This can be troublesome for people who are not used to driving on the left side of the road, because they tend to not properly gauge how far over they are.

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  • Weather can be wet and windy

    There is a reason everything is so green - it rains a lot. Coming from drought ridden places like Australia we expect it to be dry and hot all the time. Not so over here. I knew when these birds even looked cold and damp in the Rock of Cashel that the weather conditions were not like at home. Bring warm clothes and an umbrella or raincoat and you...

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  • Stress Relief for Old and Young

    I think we learned a couple of lessons. Next time, we will try a self-catering cottage (with more than one room) and do day trips from there. That will accomplish two things. My husband will be able to get some peace and quiet after driving all day and our son will be able to run around a make noise (can't really do that in a B&B or a hotel). The...

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  • Driving in Ireland

    In Ireland we drive on the left and not very well. I've driven in many countries but here is the first place I'm often afraid when I'm behind the wheel. We have one of the highest accident rates in the EU. Not surprising really with almost non-existent law enforcement and an estimated 100,000 drivers on the road who have NEVER passed a driving...

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  • Don't drink and drive

    Over the past year or so, the Irish police have been cracking down heavily on drinking and driving. The legal limit for blood alcohol level is pretty low as well. If you have any more than one or two drinks, you should probably find a taxi or a designated driver. This can be difficult in the country where taxis are scarce, which is why many of the...

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  • july 12th - a sensitive date in...

    Please don't go to Northern Ireland AROUND JULY 12th - for more details about the parades for july 12th see my pages of Londonderry and Belfast ! Go there ANY OTHER DATE OF THE YEAR ,for the great landscapes, for Giant's causeway and for the big majority of the population, who voted for peace some years ago !Local people will know about the...

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  • Europcar - Rent a car - return the tank...

    I booked a car at Europcar in town.They give you a full tank, but they required from me to return the car with the tank empty and they charge you for the price of the full tank.If you don't use all the fuel (which is impossible), they charge you anyway as if you did.I was very surprised since all the other agencies always required to return with...

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  • No Walking Onto Road

    We were strictly warned against walking out onto the road to take pictures of the mountains (photo 3). Not only was the traffic zipping by very fast, but for most of us it was on the other side of the road than we were used to.

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  • Racist Community in Ireland

    If you are a dark colored, not necessarily black, be careful. Most foreigners in this country are racist people, I'm not talking about Irish, but foreigners. I hear everyday "Where are you from, go back to your country" by all kinds of foreigners from Europe. The normal human behavior is a its lowest in this country. And if you reply to them, they...

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  • Danger in Dublin

    Dublin is a large city. Very beautuful and full of history. If you must go do a guided tour so you can get all of the history. We were on a guided Pub tour and a fight broke out near us. Rocks whizzed by our heads. It is because of all the pubs near and people had too much to drink.We got out of there and headed back to the country.We saw the BOOK...

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  • Watch out for directional signs on round...

    When traveling the rural (and not so rural) roadways of Ireland, you'll come across many directional signs mounted on a round pole. Sometimes there's just one or 2 directional arrows, at other times they can have 1/2 dozen or more.The main problem being, that this mounting arrangement makes it quite easy to rotate the directional arrow around the...

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  • Watch out for cows and sheep!

    We came around a corner one morning and met up with two cows heading down the road toward us. Luckily, there was just enough room to pull over and let the cows by. We also had a few encounters with indecisive sheep. My advice - if you see sheep along the side of the road, slow down because sometimes they dart into the road. Fortunately, we didn't...

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  • You cannot be serious !

    Car hire companies have a bad reputation in Ireland for adding on some pretty spurious charges.Things have improved in recent years, and you can normally get an 'all in' price at the time of booking - the internet has seen to that.One are of difficulty that still remains is picking up a car at one location and dropping it at another. If the car...

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