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Visitor Guide to Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford & Wexford
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Useful Information

Banking
Banks are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am to 4pm. ATM machines are available at most banks throughout the region. The larger Tourist Information Offices in the Region have Bureau de Change facilities, as do all banks.
Money Transfer can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. Freephone: 1800 395395 Credit Cards: 1800 695695. This Company provides a service from 110 countries and has more than 250 outlets in Ireland.

Climate
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius (60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures in Spring and Autumn are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) and in Winter between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit). For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie

Credit Cards
MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are generally accepted throughout the South East.

Currency
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro and each Euro has 100 cent. Notes are €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5. Coins are €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, 1c.

Electricity
The electrical supply throughout Ireland is 230 volts (50 cycles). Plugs are 3-pin flat. Adapters are, therefore, required for 2-pin appliances. En-suite bathroom shaving points normally have 110 and 240 volt outlets for using shavers.
Email

Internet Access
Most Libraries and Hotels in the South East have free internet facilities but there is also a good selection of internet cafes located across the region:

Emergency Services
In Ireland, the general Emergency Telephone number is 999 or 112, free of charge. These numbers will alert the appropriate service - Fire, Gardaí (Police), Lifeboat, Coastal, Mountain and Cave Rescue Services. Telephone numbers of Garda Stations are listed in the green bordered pages at the front of the Telephone Directories under "Garda Síochána".  Victim Support 24 hour helpline number is 1800 661771.

Health & Medical Treatment
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a E111 form prior to departure. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries.

St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 51133

Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel, Co Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)62 61022

St. Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)52 77000

Waterford Regional Hospital, Waterford
Tel: +353 (0)51 848000

Wexford General Hospital, Wexford
Tel: +353 (0)53 9142233

Language
There are two official languages in Ireland, Irish, which is the national language and English which is the language of the majority of the population. Street and road signs are all bilingual. Gaeltacht is the name given to parts of Ireland where Irish (or Gaelic) can still be heard as an everyday community language. Visit the Gaeltacht Ring (or An Rinn) in West Waterford where the living language can be experienced.

Passports/Visas
Tel: + 353 1 4780822   Web: www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie
Ireland has Diplomatic Relations with 107 countries. The Department of Foreign Affairs can provide you with a list of countries with which Ireland has diplomatic relations. For the latest information on passports and visa requirements for Ireland, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs 80 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.            

Post
Web: www.anpost.ie
An Post is Ireland's national postal service provider. Generally, Post Offices are open from 9am to 5.30 pm, Monday-Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Sat. However, in larger towns, the Saturday opening may be extended.

Public Holidays
The following are the annual public holidays in the Republic of Ireland. Most companies and shops are closed on these days.
New Years Day
St Patrick’s Day - March 17th
Good Friday
Easter Monday
May Bank Holiday
June Bank Holiday
August Bank Holiday
October Bank Holiday
Christmas Day - December 25th
St Stephens Day - December 26th

Regional Newspaper Links
Newspapers have been published in Ireland for over 300 years. National papers are available daily and local newspapers are available weekly from all newsagents nationwide. Below are some useful newspaper links in the south east region.

Co Carlow
Carlow People
Web: www.unison.ie/carlow_people

Co Kilkenny
Kilkenny People
Web: www.kilkennypeople.ie

Co Tipperary
The Nationalist
Web: www.nationalist.ie

Co Waterford
Munster Express
Web: www.munster-express.ie
Waterford News & Star
Web: www.waterford-news.com
Waterford Today
Web: www.waterford-today.ie

Co Wexford
People Newpapers
Web: www.peoplenews.ie
Wexford Echo
Web: www.unison.ie/wexford_echo

Shopping Hours
Shops are generally open from 9am to 6pm, Monday-Saturday. Most large stores have a late-night shopping evening during the week. Some large stores are also open for a few hours on Sundays, particularly in the larger towns.

Telephone
Directory enquiries call 11811 / 11850. International enquiries telephone 11818.
Operator Assistance dial 10 for Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain. Dial 114 for International.

Tipping
In Ireland tipping is not customary, however in some restaurants it is standard to add a gratuity of approximately 10% to the bill. If, a service charge is already included in the bill as presented to the customer, a small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs, except when you are served at your table.

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