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I just found this gr8 (well, not very great) workaround. . Didn't try it yet, but looks like it may work.


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Mains power is not like a precise lab instrument with strict voltage ranges. The European Standard EN50160 (this is a draft, the standard is an expensive download) for example prescribes +-10%, the UK standard prescribes +10% -6% in the power supply (search for "frequency and voltage at supply" in the standard without quotes) so 230V in reality is a wide ...


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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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US "pants" = UK "trousers". UK "pants" = US "underpants" or for some people "shorts".


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It's the same as the British one (Type G). (Type D) was once common and may be occasionally found. The voltage in Ireland is the same as the rest of Europe (220 volts). To be more specific, From Wikipedia: The British Standards 1363 plug[17] is used in the United Kingdom and other countries. Compatible plugs standards are IS 401 and IS 411 (Ireland), MS ...


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This is the Rock of Cashel. Located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. This castle is also known as: Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock.


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I heard an "Irish Car Bomb" and "Black and Tan" are types of cocktails/drinks. These are not terms that would be understood in Ireland, nor terms that are particularly nice. The Irish Car Bomb one is obvious. "Black and Tans" were a group of British merceneries sent over in the Irish War of Independence in 1920s which were not exactly very honourable ...


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This is due to the Common Travel Area Zone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Travel_Area) and is not a mistake. The assumption is that anyone entering the Zone has already been checked by Immigration when entering the Zone. Eg, if you travelled from the US to Ireland you would pass through Irish Immigration. The UK then trusts that Ireland has completed ...


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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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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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I have often heard Americans use the words "poof" and "poofy" to describe what English people would call "puffy". For example: "That pillow is poofy." It should be understood that "poof" and "poofy" in England are slang for homosexual.


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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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When paying for a purchase, be sure to make the cashier aware that you are using a U.S. style credit card which requires them to swipe the card and for you to sign for the purchase. Although U.S. style credit cards are no longer issued in the United Kingdom and Ireland, most cash registers are still equipped to process transactions this way. You may, ...


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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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Would probably avoid trying to make jokes about "bad teeth" and horrible food as well. Brits in general don't take to kindly to jokes like that. In fact, I'm currently living in the states and some of the clich├ęs the Americans have about us I can't understand where they even came from. Also, if someone calls you a "yank" they don't mean to be offensive. It'...


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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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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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While others have answered how, I'll try to answer why. Technology. The hot water used to come from a hot water storage tank, usually in the attic. The stagnant water in the tank isn't considered safe for drinking. That's why there has to be a separate system, all the way down to the taps, so it can't contaminate the safe cold water from the mains (should ...


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I (an Irish person) only recently found out that this was an oddity of our country. What I do usually is either use just one (like the hot tap, but quickly) or the cold tap. It's not that cold! Or just fill up the sink


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Tourist-junk shops will normally carry them. So, anywhere you see selling Shamrock-themed tat and big green Leprechaun hats are worth a shot. Homeware and electricals stores are also an option - as can be DIY stores. Particular places I found that advertise them online and might have a store near you: Boots (A pharmacy chain) Argos (hard to describe - ...


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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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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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From personal experience, between 6 and 9 PM but in some cases later. I usually eat early and did get dinners at 6 PM, most diners did come in around 7, the time I left, but in some more expensive places people would just come in around that time and make reservations for later in the evening. I would say, like in many countries, it depends on the class of ...


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Your question appears to be answered by FAQs 13 and 15: I am resident in one of the countries covered by the Programme but a national of another country. Can I avail of the Programme? Only passport holders of those countries are included in the scheme. Residents in those countries, who are not nationals of that country, are not covered. ...


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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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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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Transit visas are not valid for transit to the Republic of Ireland (here and here). This is because, due to the CTA, you must pass through border control and enter UK territory to board the flight (I am not sure why the Visitor in Transit Visa does not apply, as it is specifically for those who need to pass through Border Control). You have two options: If ...


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Easily enough if you go to local pubs, and stay in B&Bs. Every town will usually have them, and often with live music in the pubs at night. They're usually friendly, fun, and serve good food. Source: have been to Ireland twice, first time spent a week travelling around and eating only in pubs, and the occasional bed & breakfast or hostel that ...


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When someone transits via Dublin into the UK (in your gf's case to Northern Ireland), they do so on a 90 day leave-to-enter issued by the Republic of Ireland. This allows the holder to move about the Common Travel Area. The leave-to-enter does not automatically become a six-month UK leave-to-enter by crossing a border. Regardless of where they are the ...



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