Dangers & Annoyances

Ireland is safer than most countries in Europe, but normal precautions should be observed.

  • Don't leave anything visible in your car when you park.
  • Skimming at ATMs is an ongoing problem; be sure to cover the keypad with your hand when you input your PIN.
  • In Northern Ireland, exercise extra care in 'interface' areas where sectarian neighbourhoods adjoin.
  • Best avoid Northern Ireland during the climax of the Orange marching season on 12 July: sectarian passions are usually inflamed and even many Northerners leave the province at this time.