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Business hours
Banks normally open from 10 - 4 from Monday to Friday. Late night shopping is on Thursday.

Climate
Dublin weather is unpredictable but often very moderate in extreme. Summer averages are around 20 degrees and winter around 8 degrees.

Electricity
Plugs are 3 pin flat or 2 pin round.

Hospitals
St Vincent's Hospital, Elm Park (01 269 4533)
Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin (01 837 7755)

Newspapers
The Irish Times is the main newspaper and The Herald the Dublin tabloid.

Police
The emergency number for the Gardia is 999 or 112 and the main police station is at 2 Hanover Street, Dublin (666 000).

Post office
The General Post Office is on O'Connell Street and is open seven days a week.

Religion
Dublin is mainly Roman Catholic, services are published in the Irish Times each Saturday.
Roman Catholic: Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street (874 5441).
Church of Ireland: Christ Church Cathedral, Edward Square (677 8099).
Methodist: Dublin Central Mission, Abbey Street (874 0691).
Muslim: Mosque and Islamic Centre, 163 South Circular Road, Dublin 9454 3242).
Unitarian: Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen's Green West, Dublin (478 0638).

Safety
Street crime is not a major problem but does exist and normal precautions apply.

Shopping
Dublin 's main shopping street is Grafton Street , between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College . Nassau Street next to Trinity College is for souvenirs and Irish goods. The Powerscourt Centre off Grafton Street is a shopping centres in an 18th century town house. Northside is also a main shopping area on O'Connell Street and Henry Street. The oldest Dublin market is on Moore Street.

VAT
VAT rates change depending on the item and goes as high as 21% on some purchases. There is a system to recover VAT using Global Refund or if you do yourslef you will need all the reciepts officially stamped and most shops will explain what to do and provide the correct receipts.

Telephones
The telephone code for the Republic of Ireland is 353 and the city code for Dublin 01.

Time zone
Dublin is on Greenwich Mean Time from November to March and summer time from April to October which is the same as the UK.

Tipping
A service charge is normally added to the bill and for others a 10 - 15% is the normal rate.

Tourist information
The Dublin tourism centre is on Suffolk Street inside the renovated St Andrews church. Tourism offices are also located in the arrivals building at Dublin International Airport and 14 Upper O'Connell Street.

Dublin is today the largest city in Ireland and is also its capital. Though it has dropped to 23rd in the Global Financial Centres Index from a high of 8th , Dublin’s population growth rate is one of the fastest of any European capital city. Dublin is listed with an Alpha ranking as a global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC), - thereby placing the city amongst the top 25 globally.

Dublin Global Market: As a shopping spot, Dublin is quite popular among both the Irish people and tourists. Dublin city centre is large enough to house several shopping districts, prominent among which are Grafton and Henry Streets, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Jervis Shopping Centre, Powerscourt and Ilac Shopping Centre. On Grafton Street, the most famous shops include Brown Thomas and its sister shop BT2. Brown Thomas houses several boutiques such as Hermès, Tiffany's, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Dublin city features large department stores, like Clerys on O'Connell Street, Arnotts on Henry Street, Brown Thomas on Grafton Street and Debenham's on Henry Street. Your first purchase when visiting Dublin should be a simple map, or GPS or an iPad to download a map.

Several historic locations remain, including Moore Street, one of the city's oldest trading districts. In addition, there has been a significant growth in local farmers' markets and other alternative markets, while 2007 saw the Dublin Food Co-op, the city's only whole-foods co-operative, relocate to a large warehouse in The Liberties area where it is now also home to a range of market and community events. Suburban Dublin has also expanded since the mid 1990s, with many new retail centres coming up, the prominent ones being Dundrum Town Centre, the largest commercial centre in Europe [on the Dublin Light Rail System (Luas) Green Line], The Square, which has just undergone a major facelift, in Tallaght (on the Luas Red Line), Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Clondalkin, Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock, and Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. The free brochure on Dublin lists all these shops and their opening/closing times, which vary considerably with the locality.

The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre: The Blanchardstown Centre in Blanchardstown is the largest shopping centre in the country, spanning two floors and four wings, a large retail park surrounding the centre with even more shops, parking space and a leisure plex with bowling and quasar. Shops here include Dixons, Argos, Penney's, Dunnes Stores and more.

Dublin has been at the core of Ireland's phenomenal economic growth over the last decade and a half, a period of double-digit growth referred to by one and all as the “Celtic Tiger years.” In 2009, Dublin was surprisingly listed as the fourth-richest city in the world. Investment in real estate may be considered once the Euro starts to recover. Now that it is in the public eye, all developments are tracked and reported. The location of a large number of global pharmaceutical, information and communications technology companies in Dublin and the Greater Dublin Area was in the headlines for days on end. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Facebook and Pfizer (among others) now have European headquarters and/or operational bases in the city and its suburbs. Intel and Hewlett-Packard have large manufacturing plants in Leixlip, County Kildare, in the vicinity and the internet has made the whole commercial world more than aware of developments through multiple websites.

There are over a dozen Tesco superstores; Sainsbury’s is available for online shopping and home delivery. Marks & Spencer have a store too. Dunnes Stores is an Irish, family owned, mass market retailer in food and textiles.
 

 

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