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  • Coming to Ireland - Information for young people visiting or moving to Ireland
    Ireland Opening hours Shops Shopping hours are generally 9am 6pm Monday to Saturday although in Dublin and other larger towns some may stay open later and some are open on Sundays Generally newsagents open earlier in the morning and stay open longer in the evening Banks are open from 10am 4pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 5pm on Thursdays some banks open on Saturdays too Restaurants Opening hours for restaurants vary Lunch is typically served between 12 30 and 14 30 daily Dinner is usually served from 19 00 onwards however many restaurants offer an early bird menu between 17 00 19 00 providing two or three course meals at reduced prices Restaurants usually take orders until 21 30 though many open later on weekends Bars or Public houses better known as pubs are open 10 30am to 11 30pm Monday to Thursday until 12 30am on Friday and Saturday and 12 30 pm to 11 30 pm on Sunday Most nightclubs will serve until around 2 30am Pubs in Ireland are usually closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day as serving alcohol is illegal on these days Post Offices usually open Mon Fri 9 00am to 5 30pm some smaller offices close at lunchtime and Sat 9 00 to 1 00 The GPO in O Connell Street Dublin is open until 6 00 pm Mon Sat Public Holidays New Year s Day 1st January St Patrick s Day 17th March Easter Monday First Monday in May First Monday in June First Monday in August Last Monday in October Christmas Day and St Stephen s Day 25th 26th December If a holiday falls on a weekend the following Monday will be a public holiday in lieu Smoking A smoking ban has been in place in Ireland since 2004

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  • Getting to Ireland
    for driving in Ireland Transport in Ireland Transport for Ireland gives information on transport throughout the country Buses The internal transport system of Ireland consists of a national network of buses run by Bus Éireann Regionally there are local private companies running bus services often catering to quite rural areas Trains Trains services are run by Iarnrod Éireann Taxis In cities around Ireland you can easily hail a taxi on the street In smaller towns and villages however taxis are not so common You will need to get the phone number of a local provider if you wish to travel by taxi Check Transport for Ireland for more Dublin has a bus service from Dublin Bus a tram service from Luas and a city train service called DART There is a bike rental scheme run by Dublin Bikes running through the city centre You will need a credit card to sign up You can use a bicycle at any station and leave it at another station in the city A student discount card is available on www studenttravelcard ie and it allows you to get discounts on travel and much more Back to top Accommodation Temporary Hostels are a temporary

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  • Working and Rights
    Ireland When applying you will need either National Identity Card or Passport and proof of residence Go to welfare ie for more on PPS numbers and the contact details of the office nearest to where you are or will be living Paying Tax When working you will pay the following tax and social insurance PAYE pay as you earn tax which is usually deducted from your earnings by your employer PRSI pay related social insurance which contributes towards any benefits you may be entitled to USC universal social charge tax paid on all your income when you earn over 10 036 in a year Find a job Jobs ie FAS ie JobBoard ie Monster ie IrishJobs ie AuPairIreland com ExecutiveNannies com ComputerJobs ie Eolas ie IT jobs Indeed ie A site that collects job advertisements from other sites GradIreland com Graduates resource for advice and graduate jobs Activelink ie Jobs in the non profit sector For opinion pieces from young people and information on working in Ireland go to Spunout ie Rights when working Minimum wage A minimum wage of 8 65 per hour applies to a worker over 18 with two years of any working experience while not in

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  • Family life
    website for a comparison feature FAQ and more Links Irish health system HSE service finder Medical Cards GP Visit Cards Drugs Payment Scheme The Health Insurance Authority Links Social assistance Social security You may need to satisfy some conditions to claim social assistance see Citizens Information for more on this Assistance is available in the forms of the following and more Carer s Allowance Child Benefit Disability Allowance Domiciliary Care Allowance Back to top Jobseeker s Allowance One Parent Family Payment State Pension Non Contributory Supplementary Welfare Allowance School Structure Pre school is becoming more popular in Ireland The Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme ECCE provides a year of free childcare and education for 3 hours a day 5 days a week Montessori schools focus on individualised care and attention within a group Check out more Childcare Options Primary school begins for most children at around 4 5 although it is not obligatory until age 6 The primary cycle is 8 years Children leave around age 12 13 and head on to secondary school There are no state examinations to sit before leaving primary school Post primary school is mandatory up to the age of 16 The post primary cycle is 5 or 6 years long In Third Year students sit a state examination called the Junior Certificate and then have the option of doing a transition year This allows students to explore non academic options before continuing on to the final two years which are preparation for the final second level state examination called the Leaving Certificate Note The Irish language Gaelic is taught throughout primary and secondary schools however children from other countries are sometimes exempt from learning Irish You apply directly to the school of choice Religion For many years the Roman Catholic Church has run the schools in Ireland however this is changing Most schools are still under the management of one denomination but not always Catholic There are also a number of non denominational and multi denominational schools Schools that cater for a single religion will likely give priority to children of that religion but will also give places to with other religious beliefs or none Religion classes are common within these schools but they are not mandatory Fees All children in Ireland are entitled to free primary and post primary education Most primary schools are state funded meaning no annual fees However schools often need to fundraise for additional resources so you may be asked for donations There are private schools where a fee will be required You may have to pay for books and uniforms as well as stationery Back to top Links Early Childhood Care Education Scheme Childcare Options Primary Schools explained Post primary Schools explained School Fees Links Third level education Third level fees Central Applications Office Qualifcations Recognition University College Third level education in Ireland is provided by institutes of technology universities and colleges of education Most of these are state funded though most will usually require a student

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  • Having Fun
    Galway City Museum Athenry Castle Connemara History Heritage Centre The Heritage Ireland website gives a guide on historical attractions throughout Ireland by region Back to top Pubs In Ireland public houses are known as pubs Pubs and bars are quite a popular hang out either for a casual meet up with a friend or a night out for a celebration or after a hard day at work or college You will find Irish pubs full on days like St Patrick s Day 17th March Christmas Eve St Stephen s Day 24th 26th December and most Friday and Saturday nights Some pubs will have impromtu traditional Irish music singing sessions For some parts of the country it is somewhat traditional to mark family events such as christenings weddings funerals etc by going to a pub The average price of a pint of beer is 4 usually more expensive in cities There are around 7 000 pubs in Ireland so you ll find one near to you Note that it is illegal for pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday and Christmas Day and pubs usually shut on these days Back to top Outdoor Activities Guided Tour Sandemans offer a free tour of Dublin by a local guide through peak times Sports Traditional Irish sports are Gaelic football Hurling Camogie Hurling and camogie are almost identical except for some small rule differences hurling being played by men and camogie by women Both are stick and ball games with 15 players a team One point is awarded for hitting the ball over the crossbar and three points for hitting it into the goal Gaelic football is similar to Australian Rules football in that players can kick the ball bounce it carry it and pass it Each team has 15 players and scoring is the same as in hurling or camogie over the cross bar is 1 point in the goal is 3 points Many schools include these sports in students Physical Education classes and so many grow up knowing how to play You can join your local club to play for fun or to participate in leagues Rugby Football Golf are popular sports to play and watch in Ireland Soccer and rugby are a part of Physical Education for many school students There are many local clubs you can choose to take part in See the Football Association of Ireland FAI website and the Irish Rugby website for details about leagues in the respective sports You can play golf informally on public courses but to play it more seriously you will need to sign up to membership of a golf club Check out Golf Ireland for a list of golf clubs and contact details in your county Adventure centres Fancy some paintballing archery abseiling or kayaking There are plenty of adventure centres around Ireland for you to get active and get outdoors Co Galway has Delphi the Wicklow Mountains have Kippure Louth has Carlingford Waterford has Dunmore East Adventure Centre Westmeath has Lilliput

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  • Useful Information
    for victims of crime 1850 211407 www itas ie The Irish Tourist Assistance Service provides support for visitors who are victims of crime Its website also provides some helpful hints on general safety Diplomatic Embassies you can download contact details of embassies and consulates from this website Rape Crisis Centre Dublin 1800 778 888 freephone Samaritans is a 24 7 confidential emotional support service 1850 60 90 90 Back to top General Information You can call 11890 or 11850 for directory assistance Service finder The Citizens Information service finder contains over 8000 addresses of public services in Ireland including hospitals Garda stations social welfare offices and post offices Youth information centres free and confidential information service to young people on careers education employment matters rights and entitlements leisure sport travel and European opportunities On this website you can find their contact details as well as many useful links Spun Out information on important issues for young people between 16 25 Citizens Information information on Irish law and your rights Europe Direct information on moving within Europe National Youth Council of Ireland represents voluntary youth organisations and acts on behalf of young people Back to top Immigrant Resources Irish Council for

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  • Eurodesk Ireland - Information on summer work, volunteering and travelling in Europe
    nationally and locally We will be constantly adding more great content over the coming months Have a good look around and let us know what you think Follow us Links www youthweek eu www youthportal ie Tweet European Youth Week 2013 European Youth Week takes place this year from May 26th June 2nd There will be many exciting events taking place throughout Ireland in Youth Week including a photo competition

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  • About Eurodesk
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