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Carol Ng
Patrick Flanagan
Fáilte go hÉirinn! Welcome to Ireland!

Hello, and welcome to Ireland! Below you will find general information about our country. You will see that we have a lot to offer!
The Republic of Ireland is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Britain, and to the extreme northwest of Europe. The capital and largest city of Ireland is Dublin, which is located on the eastern part of the island, home to around a third of the country's 4.6 million inhabitants. The mean daily winter temperatures vary from 4°C to 7°C, and mean daily summer temperatures vary from 14.5°C to 16°C. It is in Ireland where you may indeed experience all four seasons in one day!

English is the language everyone speaks, but there is the occasional use of the traditional Celtic language called Gaelic, especially in small bits of Ireland. The currency we use here is in Euros, whilst Northern Ireland uses the Pound. 

Ireland has a very rich history and culture and one of the things it is most famous for is Irish dancing. (Riverdance, a popular show centered on Irish step dancing, started in Ireland.) Irish traditional music is also very popular throughout which you will definitely experience in most local pubs.
Healthcare in Ireland is a two-tier system with a public and private sector. Within the public sector those with a medical card are able to avail a variety of services for free or for a small cost about 30% of the population have a medical card. Also, the private system is available for those with private insurance this allows patients to skip the sometimes rather long wait times associated with the public system, about 40% of population have private insurance.
There are currently six medical schools in the Republic of Ireland, all of them are accredited by the Medical Council and offer medicine as an undergraduate degree except for the University of Limerick. Placements in medical schools are generally based on academic results and admissions' test scores, and a formal interview only for international and postgraduate students.

The medical programs in Ireland range from four to six years in length. The eligibility for the five-year or six-year program will depend on academic background including the courses you have taken and your level of achievement.

The course is divided into preclinical and clinical years with some variation among the schools. In recent years, early patient contact has been integrated into the curriculum with more emphasis on problem-based learning. In the clinical years, the student moves to the university’s teaching hospitals to learn on a case-by- case basis at the patient’s bedside. During the summer months, students may carry out research in several academic departments. Students of high standing may also apply for entry into an Intercalated Honours Degree course in selected preclinical subjects. 

Successful candidates are awarded a suite of degrees upon graduation, some programs award a total of three degrees: Medicine (MB), Surgery (BCh), and Obstetrics (BAO), while others award a total of two degrees: Medicine (BM), and Surgery (BS). The Irish suite of degrees is the equivalent of the M.D.

The Medical Council requires that graduates who wish to practice in Ireland or EU complete an internship year of supervised medical and surgical training, which is the first year of internship after graduation, in order to receive their Certificate of Experience. The Irish medical degree is recognized and highly regarded all over the world. Irish medical school graduates have undertaken postgraduate (residency) training throughout the world, including the Middle East, Australia, North America, Asia, etc.

Transportation around Ireland


Railway services are provided by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), which operates all internal intercity, commuter and freight railway services in the country. Dublin is the centre of the network with two main stations – Heuston station (for trains to Cork, Limerick, Ennis, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Westport, Kilkenny and Waterford) and Connolly station (for trains to Belfast, Dundalk, Sligo, Wexford and Rosslare). 

Transportation in Dublin

There are three main forms of public transport in Dublin – Dublin Bus, the DART and the LUAS.

Dublin Bus

Buses are frequent to many areas, and most pass through the City Centre. All buses have an exact fare system, and you must have the correct amount of money for the fare when you enter the bus. If you do not, you will be able to get change in the form of a voucher which you can exchange for cash at the Dublin Bus office on O’Connell Street. Fares range from €1.05 to €4.30 on most urban routes. Bus services stop around 11:30pm on most routes. 


The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is a suburban railway operating along the coast from Howth in North Dublin to Greystones in Co. Wicklow, stopping at three stations in the City Centre. Fares range in price depending on the distance of your journey. 


The LUAS is Dublin’s light rail tram system. There are two lines; the Red line operates from Tallaght to Connolly station in the North city centre; the Green line operates from Sandyford to St Stephens Green in the South city centre. Fares range in price depending on the distance of your journey. Tickets can be bought at vending machines at the stations or from certain outlets.
The local committee will create an activity schedule for the month of July. Dublin is a very vibrant city with plenty of places to eat and drink and go out. And there are always events such as concerts, plays and festivals being held in bars and other venues across the city. We recommend a trip to ‘Croke Park’ to witness our national sports ‘hurling’ and ‘Gaelic football’, as well as a tour around Trinity College to visit the book of Kells. We also recommend a weekend trip to see other Irish cities such as Galway and Belfast to see another side of Irish culture.
*Activities are not paid for by the local committee
From history to literature to picturesque natural wonders, not to mention music and merriment, this tiny island has more than its fair share of must-see attractions.

In Dublin

Trinity College - Ireland’s oldest university and houses the iconic Book of Kells, a spectacular illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages.

St. Stephen’s Green - Beloved by Dubliners and with a colorful history, its tranquility makes it a great place to wind down, enjoy a picnic, or feed the ducks.

Kilmainham Gaol - A former prison which is now a museum. It played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and executed here.

Guinness Storehouse - Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction, it is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness.

Outside Dublin

Cliffs of Moher - Ireland's most visited natural attraction and boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day Aran Islands and the hills of Connemara are visible.

Aran Island - Have a taste of Ireland as it once was, with cultures different than that of mainland. Gaelic is the first language and you will feel as if you are in a time warp.

Glendalough - Home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland and has rich history, magnificent scenery, plentiful wildlife, and fascinating archaeological finds.

Muckross House & Gardens - Set in spectacular Killarney National Park and close to Muckross Lake, this former mansion oozes the grandeur and gentility of bygone days.

Ring of Kerry - Area of astounding natural beauty that boasts a range of outdoor pursuits including water sports on pristine beaches, cycling, horse-riding, terrific freshwater fishing and deep-sea angling. For history enthusiasts, there are Ogham Stones, Iron Age forts, and ancient monasteries, all set against a canvas of striking landscapes.

Rock of Cashel - Ireland's most visited heritage site and stars in countless images of the Emerald Isle.

Shop Street Galway - Crammed with all manner of retailers including booksellers, jewelers, boutiques, and cafés alongside street entertainers and buskers. It also boasts the exterior of Ireland's best-preserved medieval townhouse Lynch's Castle.

Doolin - World-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions and festivals or "fleadhanna" of Irish and international music. Lots of music pubs and restaurants. Conor Pass - highest mountain pass in Ireland with wonderful view of the coast, past cliffs, a waterfall and lakes.
Ireland is ‘the country of a thousand welcomes’ and it is a very welcoming place. People are friendly and always up for ‘the craic’ or fun as it’s more commonly called. The Irish people are very sociable. Social occasions are often centered around pubs and bars and the use of alcohol is widespread.
Smoking is not permitted indoors in the workplace with no exceptions.