02-17-2008 05:47 PM
I've never had a problem anywhere in the world with using a US bank issued ATM card.The EU banks are prohibited from charging a fee to use their ATM's however international surcharges could apply for non-EU issued bank cards. I would check with several of the banks/credit unions you are looking at to confirm their foreign usage/transaction fees as well as their exchange rate policy before making your final decision.She shouldn't have too many problems in the Dublin metro area. Extremely rural parts of the country may prove to be more difficult as merchants will prefer to be paid in €.She will also need to keep the telephone numbers (not US toll-free numbers) for the bankcards handy in the event that she needs to call the US while in IE.
02-17-2008 06:15 PM
02-17-2008 07:45 PM
02-18-2008 05:57 AM
02-18-2008 06:05 AM
When I go to Europe I keep some US cash in the back of my wallet for when I return. When I get there I pull a coupple hundred bucks in local currency via my debit card and everything else is via credit card. Just use on that has minimal finance charges for overseas spending.And tell her to drink plenty of Guiness - it is good for you
02-18-2008 06:10 AM
I'll be sure to tell her about the Guinness. (Brilliant!!) She doesn't drink (or smoke, either), as she regards her parents as models of depravity, so she's in for quite a shock. Her 22-year-old sister did finally learn to choke down beer, so that she can carry something around in her hand at parties. DH and I don't quite know where these two came from.
We're watching "The Commitments" again to get attuned to all things Dublin.
02-18-2008 06:15 AM
02-18-2008 06:19 AM
No, they are much more flexible now. But I think the bars at Covent garden still open at 5am so the people who have just finished delivering Fruit and Veg can have a swift pint!
Wow, my liver just cringed thinking of it.
This is not an Ireland question, but does England still have the odd drinking hours, left over from WWI or whenever it was? The idea of a beer at 10 a.m. makes my toes curl up, although 12:01 p.m. on a Saturday sounds just fine! I seem to remember that it was a challenge trying to figure when the pubs would be open, because they closed in the middle of the day or something odd.
02-18-2008 06:33 PM
02-18-2008 08:39 PM