Public transport in Dublin is well organized and saves time and money if used properly. We have enclosed few tips that may help you choose the right transport and to buy a transport ticket in Dublin, via Travel Saver Scheme, operated by Bartra Healthcare as part of employee benefits package, and even give you tips on how to avoid getting stuck at a bus stop during rush hour.
Despite the fact that Dublin is the capital city , it does not have a subway but it does have double-decker buses, Luas (trams), Dart, Taxis and Bikes which make getting around pretty easy. You can get from Dublin Airport to the city centre by city buses or a direct special Dublin Express bus.
More information can be found on the airport’s website here : www.dublinairport.com/to-from-the-airport
Types of transport in Dublin:
Buses are the most convenient option to move around the city by public transport due to the frequent courses of individual lines. Bus tickets must be purchased from the driver on the bus. You can only pay with small and calculated amount as you will not receive change.
Timetables available here: dublinbus.ie
Dublin has two lines of light rail called the Luas. Luas tickets must be purchased from the vending machines located at each bus stop. Ticket prices start from two euros (depending on the number of stops and the zone), you can also buy season tickets from 16 euros upwards.
More information at: https://www.luas.ie
Dart is a type of agglomeration train. DART and intercity trains go through the Dublin City Centre city and are essential for commuting to the suburbs. Dart has fewer stops, so it goes faster and offer breath-taking views of the Irish Coast. Dart tickets are sold at ticket offices at train stations and online on the website.
Details can be found here: www.irishrail.ie
Dublin has many themed tours on offer from a simple sightseeing tour of the city to a tour with ghosts and other characters living in spooky castles. Watching Dublin from this perspective you will hear interesting facts about its most important corners straight from a licensed guide.
You can find more information on individual routes: www.dublinsightseeing.ie
Taxis are probably the most expensive option to get around the city, but it has its advantages as taxi drivers probably know the city best. It so happens that many Dublin taxi drivers like talking to tourists and will be happy to tell you interesting stories about the city, country, culture, such as where the characteristic movements of Irish dance come from, where to get real Guinness and how to find nicest restaurants.
For the best car rental deals you might wish to use google search where you will find hundreds of offers from the best car rental companies! Traffic in Ireland is left-handed. In the settlements, the roads are narrow. The max speed limit for cars is 120 km/ph on a motorway. To rent a car, you must have an international driving license and two credit cards or a cash deposit of 500 – 1000 euros, aged 23 to 79.
Dublin is an extremely bike-friendly city. There are as many as 120 km of bicycle routes and you don’t have to transport your own bike – there are stops in the city centre where you can rent a bike – up to 30 minutes free of charge, or you may wish to avail of Bartra Healthcare Bleeper Bikes, which are free of charge for all Bartra Healthcare employees. Information on Bartra Healthcare Bleeper bikes can be found in Bartra Healthcare Benefits Package document.
A map with the location of individual stations can be found here: dublinbikes.ie
Ireland is an emerald isle filled with green landscapes, vast green fields, villages, large cities, small islands, peninsulas and much more!
Despite its small size, Ireland has something to offer to everyone. Below are some of the popular attractions, which will allow you to experience different aspects of Ireland.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and at the same time an extremely hospitable and attractive city in terms of diversity of cultures. The most visited places include Guinness Storehouse (famous beer breweries), Jameson distillery (museum dedicated to the most famous Irish whiskey), but If you want to know the history of Irish whiskey comprehensively, not just Jameson’s, you should visit the Irish Whiskey Museum. Temple Bar is also a popular pub district worth visiting. Another sightseeing attraction is The Spire (120-meter tower), Irish Museums and many more.
Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. It was primarily the residence of the representative of the British Crown in Ireland – the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. In the 17th century, the castle was destroyed by fire and only one tower has survived from the original structure, but the building was rebuilt. Since Ireland regained its independence, important state events have been held in the castle, such as the swearing-in of the presidents of Ireland.
There are many more places to visit in Dublin. One of them is the National Museum of Ireland, featuring exhibitions related to archaeology, art and natural history, consider a visit to Kilmainham Gaol, a former British prison.
National Museum of Ireland – Natural History
Sometimes called the Dead Zoo, is a division of the National Museum of Ireland, and is located on Merrion Street in Dublin, Ireland. The museum was built in 1856 for part of the collection of the Royal Dublin Society and the building and collection were later donated to the state. The Natural History Collection consists of zoological, geological, and botanical sub-collections; the geological collections have mostly been kept in storage since the 1960s, and the botanical collections were moved to the National Botanic Gardens in 1970. The museum’s zoological collection has changed little since Victorian times and despite the museum has been recently fully refurbished it is sometimes referred to as a “dead museum”.
Dublin Zoo was founded in 1831 in Dublin , in Phoenix Park , the oldest facility of this type in Ireland and one of the oldest gardens in the world after Vienna, Paris and London . Dublin Zoo covers an area of 28 hectares. The zoo is open 363 days a year with the exact hours when you can visit them can be found directly on the garden’s website: www.dublinzoo.ie
Glendalough means the Valley of Two Lakes. It is a picturesque valley rich in monuments from the era of early Christianity. The most popular ones include the stone tower visible over the valley, which served as a shelter for the inhabitants during invasions and the cemetery located next to it, where many victims of the Great Famine rest.
The Irish health care system is mostly financed by taxes. GPs operate in individual or group practices and provide services for both publicly funded and privately funded patients (direct fees or private insurance). The family doctor acts as a gatekeeper.
Persons who use planned outpatient care without a referral from him must pay small subsidies. The state places great emphasis on the development of multidisciplinary GP practices. Public and private hospitals, financed from public funds, must maintain 80% of beds for public patients. There are also hospitals that do not have contracts with a public payer.
Ireland is characterized by one of the highest number of nurses in Europe per habitant, but the number of medical staff is lower than the European average.
Due to the level of income, the Irish were divided into two groups. One has full access to services financed by the state, while the other, wealthier, and thus more resourceful and aware, must take over some of the responsibilities related to health care.
The first group amounts to approximately 30 % of population. The recipients of the medical card have free access to either or all of the medical services such as family doctors, ambulatory care, hospital care, medicines and auxiliary equipment.
The second group includes people whose income exceeds the criteria for the first group. They have access to inpatient and outpatient care in public hospitals combined with fixed co-payments. Other medical services are paid from the patient’s pocket or from private insurance.
Private health insurance plays an important role in the Irish healthcare system. Private health insurance guarantees faster access to some hospital services, both in public and private hospitals, and covers the costs of some services not available for group 2.
VHI Healthcare is the largest company offering health insurance programs.
Bartra Healthcare are funding €2.37pw for all employees to avail of the FC1 health plan. Employees can opt to upgrade to any corporate plan you wish, and simply pay the difference through salary deductions.
The Irish education system consists of a primary school, post-primary school divided into two cycles and Third level education. The minimum compulsory education ends when children complete three years of post-primary education. Junior and senior infants is a two-year preparatory period that is included in primary education and is conducted in primary schools. It is not compulsory, but the vast majority of children in Ireland start their school adventure in this way.
Secondary education has 2 stages. The first is the so-called junior cycle. It starts after primary school and lasts 3 years. After this time, students write the Junior Certificate exam. It can be compared to our former high school.
At the age of 15-16, a student can already finish compulsory education. Most young people, however, continue their education in the next stage of secondary education, i.e. the senior cycle. Interestingly, it can last 2 or 3 years. The longer period includes transition year.
The transition year is an interesting and quite unique proposition for young people of this age compared to European education systems, which allows students to learn and experience working life at the same time.
Secondary schools offer a special program for students who decide to take a transition year. There are courses based on high school and vocational subjects, as well as practical classes.
Schools usually have a limited number of places for students for a transition year, so those willing must meet the criteria set by the given institution.
After the transition year, young people study for two years in the general program in preparation for the Matura exam (Living certificate). For those who do not apply for a transitional year, after the junior cycle (our former junior high school) there are two years of study and taking the matriculation exam or another exam that ends a given high school.
They can choose a post-primary school with a vocational profile (equivalent to our technical and trade schools). Depending on the curriculum offered by the school, at the end of the senior cycle, the student takes junior certificate or leaving certificate.
The vast majority of public primary schools in Ireland are under the auspices of the Catholic Church.
Home-schooling is very popular in Ireland. The Irish constitution recognises the family as the child’s primary educator. It guarantees respect for the right and duty of parents to ensure (as far as possible) the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social upbringing of their children. Parents can provide this education in their homes or in schools. Home-schooling in Ireland allows for a broad and holistic, very individual approach to teaching.
The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) is an institution responsible for controlling e.g. the number of children studying in Ireland, their school attendance, etc. accepts a family’s request to educate a child at home on a special form. Then, a person from the climbing office holds a meeting with the parents and the child (usually at the child’s place of residence) to talk about the family’s approach to education, selected and preferred teaching methods, or the time availability of carers to educate the child.
This is to prevent children from not receiving an education due to parental neglect.
Irish Schools provide additional classes for children whose English is not the first language.
Third Level education consists of universities, colleges of technology and teacher training colleges. Universities are largely financed by the state. There are also many independent private colleges. Universities offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs. Technological colleges provide education and training programs in areas such as business, science, engineering, linguistics, and music. Thanks to them, you can obtain certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Teacher training colleges specialise in training primary school teachers.
A non-governmental organisation that simultaneously deals with helping migrants and supporting families is the Migrant Family Support Service. The organisation aims to support and assist migrant families, raise awareness of Irish family legal standards, and foster cultural development.
The centre mainly operates in Dublin and Cork:
DUBLIN NCP Migrant Family Support Service Tel (01) 872 7842
Migrant Rights Centre www.mrci.ie
Ireland is an evergreen island of impeccable ecology and relaxing provincial silence, with diverse landscapes, from a rocky lunar landscape to dense green forests and steep mountains, lakes, palm trees, sandy beaches and deep lakes. The largest river on the island is the Shannon River with a length of 386 kilometres.
The river originates in the north-western part of County Cavan, from where it flows in a southerly direction, turns west, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Forests on the island cover about 10% of the territory.
Much of the island’s surface is covered with meadows and moors. Snow in Ireland is rare, but rains are frequent and long at any time of the year. The temperature in summer is comfortable.
The capital is the city of Dublin, which is the cultural, economic and political centre of the country. Ireland is administratively divided into four regions Ulster, Leinster, Munster, and Connacht and 32 counties.
As Ireland is an island country, it can only be reached by air or water. Ferries run regularly between Ireland, Great Britain, France and the Isle of Man. Money The official currency of this country is the euro. Money is exchanged at exchange offices, travel agencies and hotels, but banks offer the best rate. You can withdraw money from credit cards, which are in almost all bank branches.