Dublin weather is generally mild, which is due to the influence of the North Atlantic Drift, or Gulf Stream. July and August are typically the warmest months of the year with temperatures ranging from 15° to 20°C. January and February tend to be the coldest months of the year, when temperatures are between 4° and 8°C. Major snowfalls are very unusual. As the weather is mild, even in the summer months, it is advisable to always carry a light jacket or sweater as well as an umbrella. During the summer months, Dublin also enjoys longer days with up to 18 hours of daylight.
Our national language is Gaelic. However, almost everyone speaks English as their main language and all business is conducted in English, unless you request it to be conduct through the Irish Gaelic language. However, you will see street and road signage and official literature available in English along with the Irish Gaelic translation.
Ireland observes 9 public holidays each year. On a public holiday, often known as a bank holiday, most businesses and schools close. However, public transport and some other services operate on a restricted or Sunday schedule. Please note: The CCD will often operate on Bank Holidays at the request of clients. Here is the list of public holidays in Ireland each year:
- New Year's Day (1 January)
- St. Patrick's Day (17 March)
- Easter Monday
- First Monday in May
- First Monday in June
- First Monday in August
- Last Monday in October
- Christmas Day (25 December)
- St. Stephen's Day (26 December)
Ireland’s currency is the euro (€), which is divided into 100 cents.
Tipping in restaurants, taxis and hotels is common. Restaurants will often add in a service charge, usually 10%, especially if you have more than 5 in your party. If not, the normal tip is 10% for restaurants or taxis. In hotels, porters are generally tipped €1 per bag.
Nearly all banks in Dublin will have an automated teller machine (ATM), which can be outside the building or just inside the door. Please note that machines are often not replenished over the weekend so it is advisable to take out all the cash you need early on Friday so that you won’t be disappointed. There are many banking facilities located near The CCD and these are illustrated on our Map of Local Services.
Most Banks offer a foreign exchange facility and generally offer the best exchange rates. You can also often change money in many Post Offices, which are open on Saturdays until around noon. Dublin also offers many Bureaux de change and other exchange facilities but the rates may be higher than many banks.
Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted in Dublin than Amex or Diners Club, which may not be accepted in smaller establishments. If a card is lost or stolen, inform the police and the issuing company as soon as possible; otherwise you may have to bear the cost of the thief’s purchases. Here are some 24-hour hotlines for cancelling your cards:
Amex (1800 282 728)
Diners Club (0818 300 026)
MasterCard (1800 557 378)
Visa (1800 558 002)
Traveller’s cheques from most major banks are accepted in Ireland. It is best to carry them in Euros to avoid expensive exchange rates. It is important to remember that traveller’s cheques are not generally accepted for everyday transactions so we recommend cashing them at the beginning of your trip.
Tax back incentive
Since 2007, a business delegate attending a qualifying conference is entitled to reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT) paid in respect of accommodation costs incurred while attending that conference.