My name is Mariah and I'm from Singapore. Im 22 years old and Im
studying at university. Dublin is going to be hosting the Worlds debating championship and I will be attending it with my fiance.
The only problem is we are stuck looking for a place to bunk in. Being students we are on a very tight budget ..some of the hostels like Isaac's Hostel are out of the cheaper rated rooms..
We will only be there from the 26th Dec till the 7th Jan...We only need a place to sleep..the floor is ok with us! We can bring sleeping bags..We don't smoke and we only drink socially at pubs.We will be out the whole day attending the tournament and will only return at night.Reason we're stuck at the last minute looking for accomodation is because we only just managed to get the tickets to travel.We are extremely easy-going and very fond of meeting new people.
Pls let us know..we will only be there for the above time period and
we're really really hoping someone can help us out..I really appeal to anyone out there who can help.Hoping for a Christmas miracle.
We will definately pay for your trouble at putting us up..
Thanks alot for taking the time to read this..Take care everyone
if you can help us. Thanks alot!
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We recently stayed at Marina House, which is just outside Dublin in Dun Laoghaire. It's just a 20 minute DART ride into town. They only had a few private rooms, but you might be able to find a place in the dorms.
If you REALLY REALLY can't come right any other way:
Pay for just one night somewhere. On the morning of the second day (before your checkout time) go to any Irish Police Station and tell them something like: a money wire transfer you were depending on had a temporary hitch that needs to be solved, you are in temporary straits and just need some kind of accomodation until you can sort this mess out. (you can also tell them your bag got stolen but that would entail openign a case). They will organise something liaising with the local Health Board. Or else you can phone the Health Boards' emergency number direct it is a freephone number which is stuck inside all public phone booths. The health board (which is part of the Irish Welfare system) will organise or try to organise you some sort of accomodation at very minimal cost to you.
a) This is a bit dodgy because it IS high season and accomodation could be scarce.
b) This will most likely be the kind of accommodation which caters to homeless people.
c) The customs official at the airport needs to be under the impression that you know where you are going to stay and can carry yourself financially during your stay. So BOOK at the hostel of your choice for the entire duration of your stay, and get a letter confirming that to show to customs if/in case they ask where you are going to stay; but only PAY for the first night so you don't at least arrive in the city not knowing where you are going to sleep that night - there's nothing worse.
Also consider borrowing an amount of money from someone just for 'show' - i.e. to 'show' to the customs agent as you go through the airport - that is if you can trust yourself not to spend this 'dummy' money.
People from my country need to show 100 Euros a day for every day they intend to stay in Ireland; I am not sure if this is the same for people coming from your country as well.
P.S. If you DO decide to go for the 'homeless hostel' kind of scenario. I see you say you are attending a tournament at night.
Many of these kinds of hostels have curfews, some 10 at night, some 12 at night, so mention this to the Health Board after you've spoken to them and if they say they can organise something for you.
But I really don't know why the people organising the debate tournament have not made arrangements.