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An Intern’s Guide to
..................................13 .............5 Housing........................CONTENTS Basics................ 3 Travel Plans........................................8 Workplace................................................................................7 What to See....10 Pop Culture.12 Miscellaneous.......................................................................................................................................................................11 Politics..... 4 Immigration.......6 Transportation....9 Social Life.............................
3 °C Coldest temperature: 19. Northern Ireland is still a part of the UK. It is divided by post codes.Ireland Area: 31. cool summers and much precipitation Dublin is the capital of the Republic.185 Weather: Maritime climate with mild winters.520. BASICS .448 Languages: English and Irish President: Mary McAleese Taoiseach: Brian Cowen Literacy Rate: 99% Currency: Euro € Warmest temperature: 33.981.1 °C Ireland is divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.6 sq mi Population: 5. Dublin Area: 44 sq mi Population: 1.661.
It’s a great idea to shop around for discounted flights from STA Travel.TRAVEL PLANS Tickets: A round-trip flight from PDX to Dublin International will cost about $1000. Expect to pay at least €15 and as much as €40. Taxis are readily available but fares depend greatly on where your new place is situated. as it may be considerably cheaper. Purchase your tickets early and give yourself some time to explore Dublin before you start your internship. Also try comparing the cost of a round-trip ticket with two one-ways. so there is no need to fuss with currency exchanges before you arrive. Expedia. Traveolocity and the like. ATMs take all major cards. Leaving the airport: You can ride an Airlink bus from the airport to the city centre (the 747) or the Heuston train station (the 748) for €6. . but be sure to alert your bank about your travel plans as they are fond of placing holds on accounts used internationally. Currency: There are several ATMs in the airport and a currency counter.
S.If your stay in Ireland is less than three months. It is also a good idea to suggest a leaving date to the immigration officer because they are not usually very liberal with time. Pack in Your Carry-on Baggage: Passport Proof of health insurance IE3 appointment letter Your new address Confirmation of your flight home Don’t Forget: Remember to register your trip with the U. a visa isn’t required. State Department at: travelregistration. Make sure you have proper documentation of your internship.state. Irish immigration is known to be very secure and professional.gov IMMIGRATION .
There are countless scams on the Internet that trick students into paying a deposit or first month’s rent for a room that doesn’t exist.ie ie.easyroommate. Never send money before you see the property. The best resource for finding a room is the Internet.craigslist. Start early and consider staying at a hostel for a week before committing to a property. When budgeting.HOUSING Dublin is expensive and the cost of housing isn’t immune. look for ads that list phone numbers and photographs. When you’re browsing housing websites.ie daft.org let. The average cost to rent a room near the city centre is €500 per month. remember to factor in a deposit. (villages and bus routes) Dublin City It’s a good idea to post an ad describing yourself and your situation. Online Resources gumtree.com .ie dublin. utilities and shared household items like soap and toilet paper. You’ll receive dozens of replies but only have to respond to the ones you like.
for example.ie for a fare calculator. Refunds are issued if you overpay.ie Trains are the main mode of transportation outside of Dublin. You can cash them in at the Dublin Bus Headquarters on O’Connell Street.ie Bus is the easiest and cheapest way to travel around the city. There are DART stations located throughout Dublin and Heuston Station is the main hub for rail. They will issue you a ticket. check online or at the main office. If you live within 15 minutes of the city centre. There are two main lines: the DART and the regular rail.5 hours. so make sure you evaluate your specific transportation needs before making a purchase. Luas Lines Outside of the city: Dublin Bus offers some day tours outside of the city.50 one way Dublin to Sligo €29 one way Dublin to Galway €31.50 one way City Bus Tips When you see your bus approaching. so look both ways! Dublin Bus (Bus Átha Cliath) dublinbus. Rail fares can be expensive. Sometimes it’s much cheaper to purchase daily passes than weekly or monthly. so double check the prices online.The Irish drive on the opposite side of the road. TRANSPORTATION . Fares depend on how far you travel. one-day. Drivers expect you to tell them the amount you’re going to pay. Tickets are sold for single trips. extending your arm tells the driver to stop. Sample fares: Dublin to Bray €3 one way Dublin to Cork €59. You can travel Ireland from East to West in a span of 3. expect to pay €1. Check out luas. Luas (Irish for speed) The Luas is a tram system with two lines: red and green. Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) irishrail. The fare you pay depends on how long you travel. You can purchase a weekly travel pass for €23 or a monthly travel pass for €98. seven-day and 30-day passes.50 per ride.
Usually packed with tourists.B. a rose garden. It spans seven floors. Dublin 2.WHAT TO SEE Temple Bar An extremely popular cultural district in Dublin’s city centre. near Temple Bar. GPO & The Spire The General Post Office on O’Connell Street houses the Irish Declaration of Independence. Iveagh Gardens Situated off of Hardcourt Street. Dublin Castle The castle was originally built for defense but served as English government headquarters in Ireland until 1922. Located off Grafton Street. duck ponds. countless statues and sculptures. near Wellington Quay. including an all glass Gravity Bar which houses some of the best views in the city. Oscar Wilde and Daniel O’Connell. Surrounded by the former residences of W. Tours are given daily until 4 p.you can still see bullet holes in its columns. The Pillar was topped by a statue of Horatio. The Green is a popular place to eat lunch or take a stroll. football fields. It was also the headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. Visitors get a free pint of Guinness with every tour. Yeats. the Iveagh Gardens feature a grotto. the home of the black stuff. Stephen’s Green Probably the most recognizable spot in the city. a shrub maze and archery grounds. The Guinness Storehouse Championed by the infamous Arthur Guinness. St.m. the Storehouse sits at the St. the park hosts several statues.500 square meters. . James’s Gate Brewery. running paths. Lord Nelson but was destroyed by an IRA bombing in 1966. Temple Bar is located along the Liffy. or Dublin’s Monument of Light.as well as park areas and a jogging trail.including the famous image of Wilde reclining on a rock. Located off of Dame Street. The Spire. two fountains. Merrion Square. The park was designed by Ninian Niven in 1865 and often plays host to theatre shows. St. Its central location allows for a lot of foot traffic. the park is the largest Georgian square in the city. fountains and even a garden for the blind with scented plants. Merrion Square In the heart of Georgian Dublin. Dublin 8. One of the medieval towers still stands. St James’s Gate. It’s home to spectacular gardens. sits where Nelson’s Pillar once stood. Stephen’s Green is a park that covers 247.
Expect hour lunch breaks.) Irish Greetings: Dia duit: God to you Go mbeannaí Dia duit: May god bless you Bail ó Dhia ort: The blessing of god on you Cad é mar a tá tú: How are you? Cén chaoi ‘bhfuil tú: How are you? Conas atá tú: How are you? Tá mé go maith: I’m well. A similar proportion feels that. Slán leat: Goodbye Oíche mhaith: Good night Codladh sámh: A pleasant sleep WORKPLACE . 33% of Irish companies have formal staff-performance reviews. even when they are consulted. 22% of Irish employees feel they ‘rarely or almost never’ receive feedback from management on why decisions are made. cigarette breaks. and only low levels of consultation. Quick Facts: 39% of Irish employees say they work in organisations where there is no participation or partnership. more formal dress and several Bank holidays.Ireland’s workplace is very similar to that of the United States. Major Holidays: New Year’s Day (1 January) St Patrick’s Day (17 March) Easter Monday First Monday in May (May Day) First Monday in June First Monday in August Last Monday in October Christmas Day (25 December) St Stephen’s Day (26 Dec. little attention is paid to their views.
89 South Great George’s Street. Just good conversation and great pints.com There are several groups for Dublin newcomers and Americans abroad. grocery store. meetup.net Must See Pubs: Bruxelles A rocker bar with major attitude. Home to both a quiet bar and rockin’ night club. Go on Sundays for Shirley Temple Bar’s famous bingo. 478 0766 Must Eat Grub: Jo’Burger This gourmet organic burger joint has over 16 varieties and was voted best restaurant in the city. 137 Rathmines Road. Dublin 2. 7-8 Harry Street. Even if you don’t drink. Downstairs has two rooms.ie Fallon & Byrne Three stories of foodie paradise. There is a coffee shop/deli. 478 2983 Whelan’s Hands-down the best place to see live music. It’s the best place for a sandwich and good prices too. Good pub grub. 671 1220. 491 3731.org Meet Up .ie Neary’s A charmingly worn Victorian beauty with no TV or annoying music. fallonandbyrne. 11 South Great George’s Street. Dublin 2. 677 8596 The George The official address of Queer Dublin. 25 Wexford Street. Popular with students. joburger. 11–17 Exchequer Street. 677 5362 The Globe The Zach Braff of Dublin’s bar scene: trendy and offbeat. Dublin 2. Dublin 6. food hall and fancy restaurant.SOCIAL LIFE Dublin social life revolves around pubs.metal heads to the left. Go for the grub. Dublin 2. comedy clubs and live music. 1 Chatham Street. Weekends are especially crowded. 472 1000. pubs are unavoidable. stay for the music and board games. Dublin 2. At night it turns into the popular dance club Rí Rá. indie kids to the right. Rathmines. Dublin 2. Plan a pub crawl: Check out dublinpubcrawl. but not threateningly so. globe. The city is notorious for its traditional bars.
Ross O’Carol-Kelly The fictional D4 stereotype whose books sell by the thousands.Jesus Eejit . best known for roles in Tigerland and SWAT.Literati: Dublin is famous for its prolific writers. cool Knacker . Ugg boots.mess up Deadly . Brendan Behan The man who drank Dublin dry. The Importance of Being Earnest and The Canterville Ghost. Craic . he authored of Ulysess and Finnegan’s Wake.idiot Yore one .fun Feck . Stephen’s Green. Republican and author of Borstal Boy and Brendan Behan’s Island. Glitterati: Ireland has its own class of celebrities. Seán O’Casey The man of the Dublin people.very cool Class . or at least tried to.f*¢% off Jaysus . Lived at 1 Merrion Square and is immortalized in bronze at Merrion Square Park. He was well known for his relationship with the Abbey Theatre. James Joyce A true son of Ireland.f*¢%. Author of The Picture of Dorian Gray.that female Yore man .person from the country Get up the yard . Peaches Geldoff The socialite daughter of Bob Geldoff. Bend it like Beckham and Elvis. Oscar Wilde The most quoted man in Ireland. Bono and Adam Clayton The only important members of U2.that male Jonathan Rhys Meyers The brooding star of The Tudors. Rosanna Davison The socialite daughter of “Lady in Red” singer Chris de Burgh. Cillian Murphy He does creepy so well! Stars in 28 Days Later. Red Eye and Sunshine. made popular by Father Ted Culchie . traveller.descriptor for someone living in Dublin 4. POP CULTURE . Joyce is honoured throughout Dublin with statues and plaques. Also a DJ. think rich.gypsy. messy hair and track suits. Irish Slang Balls . penning The Plough and the Stars and Juno and the Paycock.classic. His grave is located in Glasnevin. O’Casey was Ireland’s most famous playwright. Created by Paul Howard. can also mean tired or trashy D4 . See his statue in St. Colin Farrell The Hollywood playboy.
1972 Northern Ireland’s parliament is suspended and the British impose direct rule over the province. 1800 Britain and Ireland unite as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1922-1923 Irish Civil War between the Free State government and Irish nationalists 1949 The Republic of Ireland becomes an independent state. separate from the British Commonwealth. 1969-1972 Terrorist activity increases in Northern Ireland and internment is introduced in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein joins peace negotiations. Labour Party . The following key events define the Irish struggle for independence. Major Political Parties Now .The United Ireland party led by Enda Kennedy. 1919-1921 Irish War of Independence between Irish nationalists and British forces. injuring over 100. the battle lasted six days until its leaders were court martialled and executed.The Republican party. 1996 IRA ends cease-fire by bombing London’s Docklands district. 1920 Six counties of Ulster are established as Northern Ireland 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty ends the War of Independence 1922 The Irish Free State is established. Organized by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army. Holds 77 seats. Irish nationalist forces take control of the city. Holds 20 seats. Sinn Fein (the political arm of the IRA) is barred from the negotiations. Northern Ireland. 1997 IRA renews cease-fire. resulting in limited progress. 1171 England first invades Ireland under English king Henry II. 1972 Bloody Sunday. Fianna Fáil . led by Bertie Ahern. 1996 Peace negotiations begin in Belfast. Fine Gael . 1916 The Easter Rising. 1993 Downing Street Declaration establishes a framework for peace negotiations 1994 IRA calls unconditional cease-fire. Holds 50 seats.A social democratic party led by Pat Rabbitte. 1980-1981 Irish Republican Army prisoners stage hunger strikes. ending the Irish Revolution. 1998 A historic Northern Ireland peace agreement reached. British troops shoot and kill 13 unarmed protesters in Derry. 1912 Irish Revolution against British rule begins.POLITICS Ireland has a history deeply rooted in politics. ten die including leader Bobby Sands.
Topping up means buying more credit.50 Pack of six granola Bars: €1.aspx iWalk: Free tourist podcasts: http://www. You can top up with an American credit/debit card on the company’s website or in a store.60 McDonald’s meal: €6.com Cost Comparisons: Loaf of white bread: €1.aspx?id=275 MISCELLANEOUS . Some phone companies offer top ups at ATMs.visitdublin.com/travel/maps/dublin. Dublin 4. 353 1 668 7122 24-hr Emergency line: 353 1 668 9612 Dublin Tourist Office Suffolk Street 353 1 6057700 visitdublin.50 per minute How to dial home: 001 + Ten digit number How your family and friends dial you: 011 + 353 + Your cell phone number without the first 0.50 Two litres of milk: €1.S.15 per minute (There is a Vodafone kiosk in the airport.visitdublin. Embassy.) O2 €1 per minute Meteor €0.Cell phones are prepaid. dial 112 or 999 and ask the operator to put you through to the appropriate department (Garda.28 Pint of Guinness: €4 Candy bar: € .com/multimedia/DublinPodcasts/iwalk. Dublin 42 Elgin Road. rates: Vodafone €0.29 Bottle of Coke: €1 Lunchmeat: €2 Bag of apples: €2. Major mobile phone companies and their U. Phones Important Numbers & Addresses: For an emergency. Expect to pay around €50 for a new phone.S.) U. Fire & Rescue or an ambulance.89 Slice of pizza: €3 Online Resources: Printable Maps: http://www.
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