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Old Feb 7, 2003, 5:24 AM   #11
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ADVICE WHEN TRAVELLING AROUND IRELAND.

1. CARRY YOUR MONEY, TRAVELLER CHEQUES ETC. AND OTHER MONIES IN YOUR FRONT INSIDE POCKETS, PREFERABLY IN A WALLET/PURSE AND IN A JACKET THAT CAN BE ZIPPED AND UNZIPPED QUICKLY. I WOULDN'T ADVISE THE USE OF SO CALLED 'BUN BAGS' THAT YOU TIE AROUND YOUR WAIST.

2. KEEP CREDIT CARDS, BANK CARDS AND OTHER 'PLASTIC' SEPERATE FROM CHEQUE BOOKS AND PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT MAY CONTAIN PIN NUMBERS, YOUR NAME, ADDRESS ETC.

3. IF YOU PLAN TO HIRE A CAR, DON'T HAVE YOUR VALUABLE POSESSIONS ON DISPLAY IN THE FRONT SEAT ESPECIALLY WHEN STOPPING AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS. KEEP ALL YOUR VALUABLES LOCKED IN THE BOOT (TRUNK), UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR DESTINATION. THE SAME APPLIES IF YOU PLAN TO TAKE BACK GIFTS TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS, PUT THEM IN THE BOOT (TRUNK) WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THE SHOP/STORE AND NOT INTO THE CAR ITSELF.

4. DON'T PUT YOUR VALUABLE POSESSIONS IN ONE OF THOSE SHOULDER BAGS OR RUCKSACK TYPE BAGS THAT CAN BE OPENED BY SOMEONE WALKING BEHIND YOU. THIS IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR IN CROWDED STREETS WITH PEOPLE STANDING NEAR TO YOU. WHILE YOU ARE TALKING TO THE PERSON WITH YOU OR TRYING TO GET ACROSS A BUSY ROAD, SOMEONE CAN BE OPENING IT AND TAKING OUT THE CONTENTS. IN NINE CASES OUT OF TEN YOU WILL BE TOTALLY UNAWARE OF THIS UNTIL YOU GO TO LOOK FOR SOMETHING AND SEE ALL YOUR STUFF IS MISSING.

5. DON'T LEAVE YOUR MOBILE PHONE SITTING ON RESTAURANT TABLES WHILE YOU VISIT THE BATHROOM. CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

6. IF YOU HAVE TO GET MONEY FROM AN ATM MACHINE OUTSIDE A BANK OR WHEREVER IT IS LOCATED, TRY AND DO IT DURING THE DAYTIME AND SHIELD THE NUMBER PANEL FROM VIEW AS YOU TYPE IN YOUR PIN NUMBER.

7. IF THE WORST SHOULD HAPPEN, TAKE OUT YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND PUNCH IN THE NUMBERS 999 AND YOU WILL BE PUT THROUGH TO THE EMERGENCY SERVICES. YOU WILL BE ASKED WHICH SERVICE YOU REQUIRE. THE MAIN THREE ARE GARDAI (POLICE), AMBULANCE OR FIRE BRIGADE (FIRE DEPARTMENT). TELL THE OPERATOR WHICH ONE YOU WANT AND THEY WILL ASK YOU FOR MORE DETAILS. YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR THE NAME OF THE STREET OR AREA YOU ARE IN AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT, STOP SOMEONE AND ASK THEM OR GO TO THE NEAREST HOUSE, PUB, SHOP OR PETROL STATION (GAS STATION) AND ASK THEM.

8. YOU PROBABLY KNOW THIS ALREADY, BUT THERE ARE TWO CURRENCIES IN IRELAND AT PRESENT. IF YOU PLAN TO VISIT NORTHERN IRELAND, THEY ARE USING BRITISH STERLING WHILE THE REST OF IRELAND IS NOW USING THE EURO. BACK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAIN, POLICE OFFICERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND ARE REFERRED TO AS 'CONSTABLE' WHILE POLICE OFFICERS IN THE REST OF IRELAND ARE REFERRED TO AS 'GUARD'.

9. IF YOU ARE OUT TAKING PICTURES OF THE SCENERY WITH YOUR VALUABLE CAMERA EQUIPMENT, I KNOW IT IS VERY TEMPTING TO LET IT HANG BY ITS STRAP FROM AROUND YOUR NECK. IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, INSTEAD OF LETTING IT HANG AROUND YOUR NECK, PUT YOUR HEAD THROUGH THE STRAP FIRST AND THEN PUT YOUR RIGHT OR LEFT ARM THROUGH THE STRAP SO IT ACTS AS A BARRIER. THE CAMERA NOW HANGS BY YOUR SIDE RATHER THAN RESTING ON YOUR CHEST.

10. IF YOU ARE GOING OUT TO A RESTAURANT, CINEMA, THEATRE OR WHATEVER FOR THE NIGHT, LEAVE YOUR CAR IN A WELL LIT CAR PARK. NOT ALL OF THEM HAVE SECURITY STAFF BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE SAFE. IF THERE IS NO CAR PARK, THEN PARK IN A WELL LIT STREET AS NEAR TO THE RESTAURANT, CINEMA OR THEATRE AND LOCK ALLTHE CAR DOORS BEFORE YOU WALK OFF.

11. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGED TO LEAVE A 'TIP' IN A RESTAURANT. WHEN IT COMES TO PAYING ASK FOR THE 'BILL' NOT THE CHECK OR IS IT SPELT CHEQUE?

12. AND IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING DON'T LEAVE YOUR LUGGAGE UNATTENDED OR AGREE TO CARRY ANY 'PACKAGES' THROUGH CUSTOMS FOR COMPLETE STRANGERS.

And finally to Tinkerer, when was the last time you were in Ireland? Was it during the making of The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara? There is traffic, there are by-passes and if you run a red light and are caught by the police and cause an accident or someones death, you are looking at serious jail time.

Rimbo

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Old Feb 7, 2003, 6:59 PM   #12
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Rimbo,

Sounds like you have experience in Ireland. Thank you for the sound advice. I will keep all points in mind.

Thanks again,

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