- Great money tip courtesy Rich Langois: "Visa no longer covers car insurance within Ireland, but a Gold or better MasterCard does the trick. We didn't know this during our last trip, and our car rental cost doubled. While we were filling out our paperwork I noticed a couple next us pull out a Gold MasterCard. I was very jealous."
- Great money tip courtesy Judy Handley: "One tip I would give to any US visitors is to not take travelers cheques or get money exchanged before you go. Instead, when you get to the airport in Dublin (or Shannon) find the ATM and get cash there through your US Debit Card. The money comes out of your checking account, the exchange rate is the lower credit card rate and it's just so much simpler. There are ATM's all over Ireland - we never had a problem. You only have to get a few pounds (or Euros) at a time, so there is no need to worry about carrying a lot of cash around." Many thanks Judy. Most Irish cash machines accept international cards - check with your own bank.
- Great tourist tip: Most Dubliners will offer directions with frequent reference to pubs - it is very useful to know the nearest pub to your lodgings and/or destination.
- Most Dublin banks do not open before 10am, so don't count on turning up at 9am and whizzing off somewhere else. Curiously, a lot of Irish banks are not interested in attracting customer savings accounts, preferring to encourage debit accounts.
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