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dublin at Easter

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dublin at Easter

My husband and I are getting ready to book a week long trip to Dublin, for April 2010. We only have the week of Easter to go (my husband is a teacher, it's his spring break), my question is, are a lot of things closed Easter sunday and the days leading up to it? We had gone to London the same week previously and found a lot of sights, restaurants, etc closed for the whole easter weekend. Also Glendalough /wicklow or Newgrange for a day trip. Thanks everyone

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With the exception of Good Friday, mostly everything will be open as usual throughout the Easter weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

Good Friday is a 'dry day' in Ireland so alcohol cannot be sold (there are some exceptions in hotels for hotel guests). As a result, all pubs and many licensed restaurants and cafes will be closed, as will the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. Other major sights and attractions which will be closed on the Friday include Dublin Castle, most galleries and museums, and the Chester Beatty Library.

Some but not all shops will be open on Good Friday, as will Trinity College and the Book of Kells/Long Room Exhibition (albeit with reduced opening hours), Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals (although access may be restricted at various times throughout the day to facilitate religious services). The Viking Splash tour will be running as will the Hop On Hop Off bus services, although they won't be stopping at the closed attractions.

On Easter Monday, those museums and galleries which normally close on Mondays will be closed (these include the National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street and Collins Barracks, and the Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square), as well as the Chester Beatty Library (it closes on holiday Mondays). Everything else should be open.

Banks and public offices will close on Thursday and will reopen on Tuesday. If you would like to visit the General Post Office (an important historical site and still a working post office) you will have to visit on Saturday as it will be closed on Friday, Sunday and Monday.

On Friday, Sunday and Monday, public transport will run to Sunday timetables.

Glendalough and Newgrange are both open on Good Friday and throughout the Easter weekend, so there's no reason why tours shouldn't run.

Easter Sunday is pretty much like any other Sunday with the usual Sunday openings and hours applying (pubs, restaurants, most sights and attractions and tourism services, most shops). Some galleries and museums are closed for some or part of Sunday mornings. The Hugh Lane Gallery opens at 11am on Sundays, the National Gallery of Ireland at midday, the Chester Beatty Library at 1pm and the National Museum of Ireland at Kildare Street and Collins Barracks at 2pm. They all close around 5pm.

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2. Re: dublin at Easter

Thank you so much for all the great info. It doesn't look like the holiday will affect our vacation much at all.

Thanks again

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You may be interested in the Easter 1916 Commemoration Ceremony which takes place in front of the G.P.O on O'Connell St at 12 midday.(94th in 2010) Easter Sunday!

I would suggest getting there at least an hour beforehand to get a good spot at the barriers.

The President and Government officials usually arrive before midday.

The Proclamation will be read , a wreath laid, the last post played and the Irish Flag will be raised on the G.P.O after being lowered earlier.

there will then be fly past by the Air Corps.

Last year there was free guided walking tours of Glasnevin Cemetery on Easter Sunday where many famous Irish Patriots are buried and this may be the case for 2010.

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Will this affect the buses to the airport early on Easter Sunday??

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Normal Sunday schedules will apply to most services.

Aircoach is 24 hours

www.aircoach.ie

You'll find timetables for the Airlink 747, 748 and Dublin Bus routes 16a and 41 here:

dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/…

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On most religious holidays, Dublin Bus run a 'Sunday service' i.e, a lot less buses... But as its on a Sunday they should run as usual.... Although 'a usual service' for Dublin Bus normally means buses running late or not at all...

Get an earlier bus than you need to to get to the airport or you could end up missing your flight

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7. Re: dublin at Easter

Great, thanks for the info. Will check out the links.

I was just wondering whether the 1916 Commemmoration would cause buses to be re-routed.

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8. Re: dublin at Easter

No, it's pretty brief - generally just an our or less around midday and only O'Connell Street (Dublin's main street) tends to be affected so buses etc. divert to the surrounding streets. We were very lucky to have VIP tickets to the ceremony and the events afterwards inside the GPO (mainly of the food and drink variety!) a couple of years ago and it was very moving and memorable.

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This may be too late for some, but may be useful for next year, O'Connell Street is closed to traffic from about 4am tomorrow (Easter Sunday) morning until mid afternoon, meaning that buses - including airport buses - are diverted.

Thankfully we saw the traffic advice signs so checked with a helpful driver. The nearest stop to the top of O;Connell for the Aircoach is on Parnell Square, opposite the entrance to the maternity hospital. Don't know where other services are going from, but be warned!

Edited: 03 April 2010, 23:46
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10. Re: dublin at Easter

Are grocery store open on Easter?