Practical Information

Travel in Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland


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Here you will find some practical information to make your holiday in Mayo a relaxing experience.

Banks

Banks are open Monday to Friday generally from 10am-4pm. Bureau de Change and ATM machines are available at most banks.

Credit Cards

MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Mayo.

Currency

The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro*

Post

An Post is the national postal service provider. Generally post offices have the following office hours: from Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm but some of them can be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

Shopping Hours

Shops are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Generally the large stores are also open late at night and, in the bigger towns, on Sunday.

Public Holidays

There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year. Public holidays may commemorate a special day or other event, for example, St Patrick's Day (17 March) or Christmas Day (25 December). On public holidays called Bank Holidays, most companies, shops and schools close. Other services, for example, public transport still operates but often with restricted schedules. The list of public holidays each year is:

New Year's Day (1 January)

St. Patrick's Day (17 March)

Easter Monday

First Monday in May,

First Monday in June,

First Monday in August,

Last Monday in October,

Christmas Day (25 December),

St. Stephen's Day (26 December)

Electricity

The standard voltage is 220 volts and plugs are 3-pin flat, therefore equip yourself with adapters for 2-pin appliances. Bathroom shaving points have 110 and 240 volts.

Internet and Email

Generally many libraries and cafes have internet facilities throughout the region.

Emergency Services

The general Emergency Telephone number is 999 or 112.

No coins are required when making an emergency call, just deal the number and automatically the appropriate service will be alerted: Fire, GardaƬ (Police), Lifeboat, Coastal, Mountain and Cave Rescue Services.

Medical and Health Treatment

EU Citizens have free hospital treatment in a public ward and should have a European Health Insurance (the old E111) before departure. Visitors from non-EU countries must have private medical insurance.

Mayo General Hospital Castlebar, tel: 094 9021733

For a General Practitioner out-of-hours contact Westdoc at 1850 365 000