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O'Dochartaigh Clann Reunion-Ireland

  • Do I need a visa or passport to travel to Ireland?
    Whether or not you need a visa to travel to Ireland depends on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. United States citizens need a passport to travel to Ireland. A valid passport is required for entry into Ireland, regardless of the purpose or duration of your stay. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your planned departure from Ireland, and it should have at least two blank pages for entry and exit stamps. If your passport does not meet these requirements, you may be denied entry into Ireland. However, it's important to note that travelers from the United States and other countries may need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before traveling to Ireland. The ETA is a travel authorization that is required for visa-exempt visitors, including those from the United States, who are traveling to Ireland for short stays. The application for the ETA is available online, and there is a fee associated with it. The United States is part of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to Ireland and other participating countries without a visa for short stays of up to 90 days for tourism purposes. It's also a good idea to check the latest travel requirements and restrictions, as well as any health and safety measures related to COVID-19, before your trip.
  • Are there discounts available for groups?
    Yes! For groups of more than ten, a 10% discount will be applied to every ticket purchased after the tenth ticket for ALL-EVENTS Tickets only. During the Early Bird Discount period (up to 17th March 2023), the total discount will be 20% from the eleventh ticket onwards. In addition to this, the Reunion Committee is actively working with local vendors to offer special “Doherty Discounts” over the Reunion Week. More details to follow as they are confirmed. Keep an eye on our Blog Page. Fore more details, see the "Ticket Sales Terms & Conditions" page.
  • Where is the best town or area to stay in while visiting Inishowen for the Reunion?
    Most of the events are centred around Buncrana and Clonmany. However, within Inishowen, both places are no more than forty-five minutes’ drive away from the furthest points on the peninsula. There is also a full day of entertainment planned for Derry City and this too is less than an hour’s drive. It is advisable to stay within town or village environs if you do not have a vehicle however as local transport links may not cover every rural area. There is a wide range of accommodation choices – hotels, self-catering houses and apartments, camp sites and hostels. Further accommodation details are available on the Accommodations page under the Reunion menu.
  • How do I get from the Airport to the Reunion?
    Getting from the airport to your destination in Ireland will depend on a number of factors, including which airport you arrive at and where your destination is located. Here are some general options for getting from the airport to your destination in Ireland: 1. Bus: Many airports in Ireland have bus services that run to and from the airport, connecting to different parts of the country. This can be a cost-effective option, but it may take longer than other modes of transportation. See the "How To Get Here" page under the Reunion menu for information on various transport companies and their options. 2. Car rental: If you plan to explore Ireland on your own, renting a car can be a good option. Most major car rental companies have locations at the airports, making it easy to rent a car upon arrival. 3. Train: There are no direct train routes from Ireland’s international airports to the reunion, so car or bus are likely your best options. However, you can take a combination of bus and train to reach your destination. It's always a good idea to research your transportation options in advance and book in advance, especially if you're arriving at a busy time. Additionally, be sure to check the schedules and availability of your chosen mode of transportation, as well as any COVID-19 related restrictions or requirements that may be in place. See the "How to Get Here" reunion page.
  • Are there any language barriers or communication issues that I should be aware of while in Ireland?
    English is the official language of Ireland, so there shouldn't be any significant language barriers or communication issues for English-speaking visitors. However, depending on the region and the person you're speaking with, you may encounter variations in accent, dialect, and colloquial expressions, which can take some getting used to. In some parts of Ireland, particularly in Gaeltacht areas, you may also hear Irish (Gaelic) spoken. While Irish is an official language of the country, the vast majority of the population speaks English as their primary language. Many road signs and public notices are written in both Irish and English.
  • What is the currency used in Ireland, and how do I exchange money?
    The currency used in Ireland is the Euro (EUR). It replaced the Irish pound (punt) in 2002. If you are traveling to Ireland and need to exchange money, there are several options available to you. Here are a few: 1. Banks: Banks are a reliable option for exchanging money, and most banks in Ireland will exchange foreign currency. You may be required to provide identification, such as a passport or driver's license, to exchange money at a bank. 2. Currency exchange offices: There are also many currency exchange offices in Ireland, especially in major tourist areas. You can often find them in airports, train stations, and city centers. Be sure to compare exchange rates and fees, as they can vary widely. 3. ATMs: Another option is to withdraw cash from an ATM using your debit or credit card. Check with your bank beforehand to ensure that your card will work in Ireland and to find out about any foreign transaction fees. It's also a good idea to notify your bank before traveling to Ireland to avoid having your card blocked due to suspected fraud. Additionally, it's recommended to avoid exchanging money at hotels or airports, as their exchange rates are often less favorable.
  • What is the weather / climate like in County Donegal, Ireland, in July and what kind of clothing should I bring for the weather and activities planned for the reunion?
    County Donegal is located in the northwestern part of Ireland, and its climate is typically cool and wet, with mild temperatures in the summer months. Here's what you can expect for the weather in July and what kind of clothing to bring for your reunion activities: 1. Temperature: The average high temperature in County Donegal in July is around 17°C (63°F), with an average low of around 10°C (50°F). However, temperatures can vary and it's not uncommon for it to be cooler or warmer than this. 2. Rain: July is one of the driest months of the year in County Donegal, but rain is still a possibility, so it's important to be prepared for wet weather. Bring a waterproof jacket or coat, as well as an umbrella. 3. Wind: County Donegal is known for its windy conditions, so it's a good idea to bring windproof clothing or layers that can help protect you from the wind. A woollen hat / cap which covers the ears would also be useful in windy conditions, particularly in places that are exposed along the coastline. 4. Activities: If you're planning outdoor activities, such as hiking or sightseeing, be sure to bring comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothing that is appropriate for the activity. For example, if you're planning to hike, you may want to bring hiking boots and breathable, moisture-wicking clothing. 5. Layering: The weather in County Donegal can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to bring clothing that can be layered. This will allow you to add or remove layers depending on the temperature and weather conditions. Overall, for a reunion in County Donegal in July, it's recommended to bring a mix of warm and cool weather clothing, as well as items that can help protect you from rain and wind. Additionally, it's always a good idea to check the local weather forecast before your trip, so you can be prepared for the specific conditions during your stay.
  • Is accommodation provided for the Reunion / Is there a recommended place to stay?
    Reunion attendees are responsible for making their own accommodation bookings. Further information on suggested accommodations can be found on the Accommodations page under the Reunion menu.
  • Can I rent a car in Ireland, and what are the driving laws and regulations?
    Yes, you can rent a car in Ireland, and it's a popular way to travel and explore the country. Here are some important things to know about driving laws and regulations in Ireland: 1. Driver's license: You can drive in Ireland with a valid driver's license from your home country, as long as it is in English or accompanied by an international driving permit. If your license is not in English, you may need to get a translation. 2. Minimum driving age: The minimum driving age in Ireland is 18 years old. 3. Driving side: In Ireland, you drive on the left-hand side of the road. 4. Speed limits: The speed limits in Ireland are in kilometers per hour (km/h) and are generally as follows: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 80 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on motorways. 5. Seat belts: Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and passengers in Ireland. 6. Alcohol limits: The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Ireland is 0.5 mg per milliliter of blood. However, it's best to avoid drinking any alcohol before driving. 7. Roundabouts: Ireland has many roundabouts, and it's important to know how to navigate them safely. Traffic on roundabouts always flows in a clockwise direction. 8. Parking: There are many parking options available in Ireland, including on-street parking, multi-story car parks (parking garages), and park-and-ride facilities. When renting a car, it's important to check with the rental company about their specific requirements, such as insurance and the minimum age for renting a car. Additionally, it's recommended to get a GPS or map to navigate, as roads in Ireland can be narrow and winding, especially in rural areas.
  • Can I use my mobile phone in Ireland, and what are the charges for international roaming?
    Yes, you can use your mobile phone in Ireland, but you may incur additional charges for international roaming, depending on your mobile phone carrier and plan. Here are some important things to know about using your mobile phone in Ireland: 1. Roaming charges: Roaming charges for using your mobile phone in Ireland can be expensive, especially for data usage. It's best to check with your mobile phone carrier about international roaming charges and any available travel plans that can help reduce these costs. 2. Wi-Fi: Many hotels, cafes, and restaurants in Ireland offer free Wi-Fi, which can help you save on data charges. 3. SIM cards: Another option is to purchase a local SIM card when you arrive in Ireland. This can be a cost-effective way to make calls and use data while in the country. However, be sure to check that your phone is unlocked and compatible with the local network before purchasing a SIM card. 4. Emergency services: The emergency phone number in Ireland is 112 or 999, and you can call these numbers for free from any mobile phone, even if you don't have a SIM card or if your phone is locked. It's important to note that the mobile phone situation is constantly changing, and roaming regulations and charges can vary. It's best to check with your mobile phone carrier about their international roaming policies and charges before traveling to Ireland. It may be worth downloading a free messaging app to your smartphone, such as "WhatsApp," to enable you to make free calls / SMS texts while abroad. This app requires Wi-Fi, but is otherwise free to use. WhatsApp is widely used throughout the world, particularly in Europe, and can be used to communicate with locals also. Just make sure the other person you wish to "speak" to has downloaded the app too!
  • Will transport be available from my accommodation to Reunion events?
    The peninsula of Inishowen is very rural and renting a vehicle is recommended. Since local transport links are limited, an effort will be made to arrange private transfers to the Reunion events from the major Inishowen towns and villages (Buncrana, Clonmany, Carndonagh, Malin, and Culdaff) for those attendees without their own transport. These will have to be arranged in advance and will be priced according to distance and numbers. When you register, please advise if you will need to avail of this service.
  • What are the travel requirements for COVID-19 for entry into Ireland?
    With regard to COVID-19 restrictions, the most up-to-date information can be found at A summary of the information as of 14 March 2023 is as follows: Travelling to Ireland from any other area (other than China) Since Sunday 6 March 2022, travellers to Ireland are not required to show proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test result upon arrival. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travellers to Ireland. Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.

If you have any additional questions about the 2025 Reunion in Ireland, please email Jennifer Doherty directly at and she should reply and may ask us to add your query to this section.

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