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I had the same problem after arriving to the UK. There are two basic techniques: Plug the sink, pour the water and wash yourself in this water. I think this was how it was meant to be used when this system was first introduced years ago. You can mix it in any other container as well, depending on your needs. One potential downside to this method is that ...


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Ireland is part of Common Travel Area that comprises the islands of Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, but according to Wikipedia: Unlike the Schengen Agreement, the Common Travel Area provides no mechanism for the mutual recognition of leave to enter and remain, and the United Kingdom and Ireland operate entirely ...


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From spending a year or so in Ireland as a student: Not much is "must buy" - it depends on who you are. I found my greatest "buys" in Ireland were experiences, rather than things. So here's my list: A ticket to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. For that matter, just wandering Dublin. A ticket to the Guinness Factory Tour. You said no ...


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It depends; there is no definite "yes" or "no" answer to this question. It might even depend only on the mood of the immigration officer who processes your new visa application. In general, however, it is always best to be truthful in all aspects of your visa application (I'm not saying you weren't before, despite what they thought). That means that if the ...


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Wow, interesting question. Nature-wise there's SO much to see in Ireland - Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway, the Dingle Peninsula. There's sights from Blarney Castle to the amazing history and sights of Belfast. However, if you're after things specifically that children may enjoy - 'history' stuff is probably out ;) I'd suggest the following to include ...


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Short answer - you'll need to ask the property to be sure. All the mains tap water will be fine to drink everywhere in the UK and Ireland. However... Some hostels may have a tank which feeds some of their taps, so you may find that the taps in the kitchen are mains-fed and fine, but the ones in bathrooms (for an example) could be fed via the tank, and may ...


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There probably will be a one-way rental fee between Ireland and the UK. For example, Hertz describe theirs in general terms here (update: it looks to be around ~1000 EUR+ for Ireland to the UK). I know from past experience that Hertz, for example, will show you the applicable one-way rental fee as part of the costing if you plan a reservation on their ...


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There is a nifty widget to check if you need a transit visa or not. This is from the UK Border Agency website: If you are coming to the UK briefly as part of your journey to another country, you will generally need to obtain a UK visa before you travel. If you will arrive on a flight, remain in the arrival lounge of the airport without ...


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The tourist information offices in Ireland (here's a list from the Irish Tourist Organisation, 'Discover Ireland') sell booklets with maps of campsites. I got one in the Dublin office for €5. It lists loads of campsites, has some photographs of them, lists details (opening days, phone numbers, directions, facilities, etc.). They also sell booklets of ...


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Separate taps are still pretty common in Australia though mixer taps are on the rise. What I usually do is check if the hot water is hot straight away. Usually it's not but I suppose this could depend on how the hot water is set up which may be different in Ireland. If the hot tap is not hot straight away I use the hot tap just on just a bit checking with ...


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The excessive cost from Hertz is to pay for somebody to bring back an Irish registered car to Ireland and then fly back to London. Two days work probably, plus ferry and flight. Only multinationals like Hertz and Avis will accept your card insurance, so be careful to check with whomever you rent, that you are fully covered! I reckon the Dublin to Dublin ...


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Almost always. Getting a SIM in European countries shouldn't be too hard, as there's usually an airport kiosk or something of the sort that sells SIM cards. If not, just pop over to your city's local mall or shopping street and there's bound to be a carrier store (Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc). The rates offered by the local SIMs is usually a tenth or ...


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Travelling outside of Ireland into Europe also depends on the passport you hold, but since you had to obtain a visa for Ireland, I would assume you need a visa for the UK and other European countries and since it's a single-entry visa I wouldn't risk leaving the Republic. From personal experience I wouldn't be so confident about going over the border into N. ...


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The model railway at Clonakilty is worth seeing and if you are touring by car, it is worth while being open to distraction, as a lot of very interesting sites can just pop up - visits to islands, the Clonakilty Elvis festival, children's farms, butterfly farms, hawk sanctuaries, caves and so forth. Ireland has some very interesting old places such as ...


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After quite some searching, the best I can provide is a link on gumtree which shows classified ads for soccer in Dublin. Several of them are trying to form teams or need extra players, and I'm sure would be happy to have a visitor join in for a game!


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As @user1291332 has stated Ireland is a safe place to travel just try to avoid the city buses at night if you are on your own. While there are few incidents on them a taxi would be a safer option though a bit more expensive. Kerry isn't as well connected as the major cities (as you would expect) so it might do no harm doing a bit of research about where ...


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Skiing in Ireland, good luck man. UK looks more reasonable, but still. If you insist, try the Ben Nevis in Scotland. But it is not next door if you live in Ireland. I went there from London. That's great because you have a night train that takes you up there. From Ireland the Alps are easier to reach than any of the UK resorts! Ryanair has scheduled ...


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Ireland gets enough snow to to make a mess of the traffic for one or two days every every other year, and some people even take snow boards up the mountains when this happens, but there are no ski lifts or anything. We are many things, but not a winter sports nation. We do have have a dry slope that you can ski on all year in Kilternan in south County ...


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Irish lace is pretty famous, and some curtains or doilies or the like would make a nice conversation piece. If you are a "world music" kind of person, there will undoubtedly be CDs you can get of music that you really can't get any other way. Irish cheese is quite famous, but you may or may not be able to import it to where you're headed (check in advance.) ...


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So basically, it'll ultimately depend on the rental company, but there are certainly penalties. It's also definitely possible, so don't worry about that. For example, from Irish Car Hire Info: Drivers under 25 must have held their full license for at least 24 months prior to the date of pick up. The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 21 years ...


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A quick search on google for 'automatic car rental killarney' shows that there are several companies, show that many of the resulting companies let you specify. As you point out, sometimes mistakes happen, and your specification on the online form might be mis-read, or ignored. However, your best bet is to phone the company you rent from, and specify ...


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If you rent an Automatic, you'll be given an Automatic. If you don't rent an Automatic, you will most likely be given a manual. In countries like Ireland (presuming you mean Killarney, Ireland?), the majority of rental cars will be manual, and renting an automatic will almost certainly be more expensive. On a rental I had in the UK a few weeks ago, the ...


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Yes, you need a visa. The Irish Embassy has a "visa faciliation office" in Dubai at 4th Floor Monarch Tower No. 1 Sheikh Zayed Road (Opposite Trade Centre) - that's where you need to go. As for what type of visa you need and how the application process looks like, that depends on why and how long you want to travel to Ireland. The embassy's website has ...


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Actually there is a site that did all this work for you. You can look at SkiCentral and then do search by country. Most resorts in England there are a few more listed for Scotland offer dry slopes rather then actual snow but there are a few that have actual snow like Weardale. You can also look at UK Ski Club Map to get additional information The best ...


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The answer is: No. Since Ireland and Great Britain maintain a common area and have opted out of the Schengen Aquis Ireland's Visa holds no force anywhere in the Schengen Area. So in order to enter Germany or France you will need a separate Schengen Visa.


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Rental car companies can set their own restrictions so it really depends which company you decide to rent from. Avis and Enterprise both require the driver to have held their licence for 8 years before they will rent a car them. Make sure you shop around and see what's the best deal you can get and make sure, if they don't specify, to find out if the ...


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Well one reason why this is not in the rail booking system is probably due to the very few scheduled ferries between Ireland and Isle of Man. According to Steam Packet Company, there are 2 round-trip possible in the next 6 months, around Christmas. Bahn.de/OBB do not give any schedule after December 8, 2012 so it would not be included. RailEasy just gives ...


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I'm from Dublin, here's some of the things I loved as a kid: Children's Wax Museum (http://www.waxmuseumplus.ie/) Dublinia Medieval/Viking Dublin Recreation (http://www.dublinia.ie/) Dublin Zoo (http://www.dublinzoo.ie) Never liked all the geographical features like the Giants Causeway etc!


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As well as some of very scenic areas mentioned by @Mark Mayo, there is the Aqua Dome in Tralee, Co. Kerry. It's basically a small indoor waterpark/swimming pool. It could be a suitable afternoon activity if you want to give the little one something fun and the weather is rainy.



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