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Swissdiver, the ‘boxes’ you refer to are known as snugs and they are common across all parts of Ireland in traditional pubs.
It is great to see the Europa operating along ‘normal’ hotel lines. When I lived in Belfast in the late 1970s/ early 1980s, access to this hotel (and many others) was through extensive security with searches of both luggage and person at point of entry.25 Jan 2014
“the ‘boxes’ you refer to are known as snugs and they are common across all parts of Ireland in traditional pubs.”
Also in the Republic? Never saw them in Dublin…25 Jan 2014
Absolutely, Swissdiver. Go to one of my favourites, Finnegans in Dalkey, and you’ll find some great snugs. Down the country (as the Irish say), snugs are found in many pubs throughout the 32 countries.25 Jan 2014
Swissdiver – re the ‘most bombed’ bit. I haven’t stayed there for about 10 years now but there was a plaque in the foyer about this.
It was also the subject of a BBC documentary a couple of years ago.
Not sure of the bar almost directly opposite but that had some good snugs.26 Jan 2014
Arrival into the Republic of Ireland with Aer Lingus recommends (other carriers are similar) one of
Driving licence with photo
International student card
National ID card / Government issued photo ID cards
Health Insurance cards with photo / Social security cards with photo
Bus pass with photo
Work ID with photo
Hence, you DO NOT NEED an Passport.
You do need to be able to convince the Garda at the counter as to your identity, where a normal picture driving license will suffice. (Assuming you also have a boarding card showing you arrived from Britain, rather than from France etc.
Keep in mind that the irish would be very unhappy to HAVE to buy a passport at close to euro100, just to travel to Britain.26 Jan 2014