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17 Things Tourists Should Know Before Coming To Dublin For Paddy's Day

By katedemolder

March 16, 2017 at 4:05pm


Dublin city doubles, triples and maybe even quadruples its population over the Paddy's Weekend (or so it seems) and in an attempt for us all to get along swimmingly, we've compiled a list of handy tips for the outsiders to act, feel and speak like a local – and, most importantly, avoid getting themselves into trouble. 

So listen up, visitors, you've got a lot to learn...

1. Taxis have a starting fare before you start moving

This fare ranges from €3.60 - €4.30, averaging out at €4. So, basically, don't be alarmed when you hop into a car and you're already down the guts of a fiver. Oh, and it's + €1 per extra person in the car. 

That's Dublin for you.

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2. Dublin buses come VERY close to the road

You've been warned. Back the fuck up. 

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3. Tipping isn't compulsory here

However, 10% is considered polite, and anything above is very much appreciated. 

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4. Book places before going, as places will book up


It's Dublin's busiest weekend and you will get turned away if you haven't organised in advance. 

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5. Don't. Walk. Slowly. 

We get it, you're entranced by Dublin's beauty and charm, but do your meandering on your own time. 

If you walk slowly, people will give out. Simple as. 

READ: 44 Thoughts We've All Had While Being Trapped Behind A Slow Walker On Grafton Street


6. Don't rely on public transport

Due to the festivities, loads of roads will be closed off and some buses won’t be running. You’re much better off either walking or getting a taxi. 

For more information on road closures, check right here.

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Photo cred: St Patrick's Festival

7. Ireland is NOT in the UK

Do not make this mistake. Especially not this weekend. It will be the last thing you'll do. 

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8. Ireland's national language is called ‘Irish’ not ‘Gaelic’

Gaelic is nothing. NOTHING. 

9. It’s ‘St Paddy’s Day’ not ‘St Patty's Day’

While we're on the topic of pronunciation... This is arguably the worst thing you can say. 

  • Paddy = Nickname for Patrick
  • Patty = Burger

Is it burger day? No. No it is not.

10. Do not pay €7 for a pint

While it may be perfectly poured, hand-crafted and manufactured just down the road – no pint should cost €7.

Between €4 - €5.50 is acceptable. 

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11. Say 'thank you' to the driver when you get off the bus

Essential. This is an unwritten rule in Irish culture. The bus driver is king, and never forget that. 

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12. Ponchos are lame and you shouldn't buy them


It's just something you should know. 


Photo cred: Carrolls

13. Temple Bar should be avoided altogether

Remember what I said about the €7 pints? Rules don't apply out there. 

But if you do fancy a stroll through, we're sorry for the things you may see there. 

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14. Seagulls WILL rob your food 

We're not joking. They're the size of dogs here. 

Either you eat fast or you don't eat. 

15. You can only buy alcohol in shops between 4pm - 10pm on Paddy's Day

In Ireland, a law passed several years ago stating that you can't purchase alcohol in a shop past 10pm at night, ever. And on Paddy's Day, in an attempt to cut down on underage drinking, off licences won't sell alcohol before 4pm on March 17. 

So get your booze orders in during those sweet six hours – or else stock up tonight. 

Disclaimer: This does NOT include pubs. You can buy drinks in pubs from the moment you wake up. 

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16. Smoking isn't allowed indoors

Smoking was banned indoors back in 2004, so this is why you'll always see hundreds of people outside pubs, clubs and bars with pints in one hand and smokes in another. 

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17. And finally, Dublin Irish is a language of it's own

Enter, Dublinese. 

READ: 17 Dublin Slang Phrases Explained In Perfect English


You're on your own now... But we hope the above helps, somewhat. 

And until next time, Happy Paddy's Day!

READ NEXT: 15 Events On This Paddy's Weekend That Won't Be Rammed With Tourists


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