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3 This publication is a product of the Smart Tourism European Project The Smart Tourism project is presented within Grundvig s Lifelong Learning Programme. It has been promoted by the Italian Association of people with Down syndrome (AIPD), in partnership with Down syndrome Ireland (DSI) and the Portuguese Association of people with Down syndrome (APPT21). This publication was produced by Down Syndrome Ireland s National Advisory Council. The National Advisory Council is a committee of twelve adults with Down syndrome from across Ireland who represent the voice of people with Down syndrome within Down Syndrome Ireland.

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6 Contents Welcome page 06 Useful information page 13 Transport and map page 17 Where to eat and sleep page 24 History page 31 Top ten things to see page 36 Two walking tours around Dublin page 55 Having Fun page 68 Two tours outside Dublin page 72 Embassies in Dublin page 77 Note from the Editors page 79 Some famous Irish quotes page 81

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8 Where is Ireland? Ireland is part of Europe. Ireland is an island country. An Island country is surrounded by water only. The red arrow points to Ireland on the map. Dublin 7

9 Ireland is made up of four parts called provinces. The four provinces are: Ulster Leinster Connaught Munster Part of Ulster is called Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain. The rest of the island is called the Republic of Ireland. 8 Smart Tourism Guide

10 Dublin Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. This means that the government meets in Dublin. Look at the map. The red arrow shows where Dublin is. The Climate: The weather in Ireland is mild and changes a lot. Population: 1.1 million people live in Dublin. Currency: The Euro is the type of money we use in Ireland. Dublin 9

11 Language: Ireland has two languages. Most people in Ireland speak the English language. Some people also speak Irish in Ireland. People speak Irish in parts of Ireland called Gaeltacht areas. A Gaeltacht is a place where people speak Irish. There are Gaeltacht areas all over Ireland. Connemara in Galway is a big Gaeltacht area. Place names and signs around Ireland are in both languages. 10 Smart Tourism Guide

12 Public Holidays There are ten public holiday days in Ireland. Some businesses are closed on public holidays. Saint Patrick s Day is a famous public holiday all over the world. The 17th of March every year is called Saint Patrick s day in Ireland. Tourists from all over the world come to see the parade in Dublin on Saint Patrick s Day. Dublin 11

13 Public Holidays in Ireland New Year s Day - January 1st. Easter Monday - the Monday after Easter Sunday. May Holiday - the first Monday in May. June Holiday - the first Monday in June. August Holiday - the first Monday in August. October Holiday - the last Monday in October. Christmas Day - December 25th. St. Stephen s Day - December 26th. In Ireland, Good Friday is like a public holiday because many businesses close. 12 Smart Tourism Guide

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15 The Time Zones: Greenwich meantime (GMT) Plugs: Ireland uses different plugs to most of Europe. So you will need an adaptor to plug in your electrical things like phone chargers and hair dryers. You can buy an adaptor in the airport. Clothes: The weather in Ireland can change a lot in one day! Make sure to bring an umbrella with you because it might rain. 14 Smart Tourism Guide

16 Traffic: In Ireland, traffic drives on the left. This is not the same as most of Europe, so make sure to look carefully when crossing roads. Emergencies: If you are lost or in trouble, policemen in Ireland are called Garda. They wear dark blue uniforms with Garda written on the back. They also often wear a bright yellow jacket, this will also have Garda written on the back. They are usually friendly and don t carry guns. Dublin 15

17 Your Embassy: The embassy is a building where a group of officials work to represent their government in a foreign country. The most important person in an embassy is called an ambassador. You will need your embassy if you lose your passport. In your embassy there will be people who can speak your language, and can issue emergency documents such as passports. 16 Smart Tourism Guide

18 Transport and map Dublin 17

19 Dublin Tour - Hop-on-Hop-off: This bus takes you all over Dublin city. This is a great way of travelling around the city to see all the sights The price of a ticket is 16 and you can use the ticket for two days. You can listen to the tour in your language using earphones. Aircoach: The aircoach is a bus you can get from the airport to all big hotels in the city and South Dublin. PRICES 7 for a single ticket 12 for a return ticket. 18 Smart Tourism Guide

20 Dublin Bus: Dublin bus is a public bus system in Dublin. You buy your ticket on the bus. The website is: Taxi Service: Taxis are available wherever you are in the city. The prices for a taxi are available on Dublin 19

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