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31. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Texczech

People play games like bridge and poker etc, in bars and golf clubs. For some reason, these are not considered casino type gambling, by the government. Yes, I can see why u would be confused.
I dont know if u really need to register, or not. Laws like this are often just loosely applied. I have a hoard of uncles who play these games, at home, and in bars. I doubt that they registered, with anybody.

Mel

32. Posted by ash48 (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

I'm going to Ireland in the summer for about 2 1/2 weeks in July and found this thread very helpful! Can anyone tell me how I'm supposed to tip my bartender/server in Ireland?! Thanks!

33. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

From everything I've read and heard, tipping isn't "required". Coming from the states though, I always leave something (depending on the service) so I'm sure I will leave some gratitude in Ireland as well. Just hope it doesn't offend anyone. But I look at it this way - if someone makes you feel comfortable and is eager to help you, then I will always tip even if they don't expect it. We are getting so pumped for our trip I don't want to think about it that much so we aren't "burned out" before we get there. Glad this thread has given you some info. It being my first time of course, I've had alot of questions. Good travelling!!!!

34. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting ash48

I'm going to Ireland in the summer for about 2 1/2 weeks in July and found this thread very helpful! Can anyone tell me how I'm supposed to tip my bartender/server in Ireland?! Thanks!

Hello Ash

Tipping in Ireland is not a requirement. Although, it is appreciated, as a gift.
I dont think u need bother to tip the bartender. I have never heard of anybody doing that. If u want to tip the restaurant server, 10% would be considered generous. ;)

Mel

35. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting texczech

From everything I've read and heard, tipping isn't "required". Coming from the states though, I always leave something (depending on the service) so I'm sure I will leave some gratitude in Ireland as well. Just hope it doesn't offend anyone. But I look at it this way - if someone makes you feel comfortable and is eager to help you, then I will always tip even if they don't expect it. We are getting so pumped for our trip I don't want to think about it that much so we aren't "burned out" before we get there. Glad this thread has given you some info. It being my first time of course, I've had alot of questions. Good travelling!!!!

Hello Texczech

People certainly wont be offended, if u tip them. People who work in places frequented by tourists, have become used to generous Americans. ;) Even these people dont expect the tips, but they certainly dont get offended, by them.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 9, 2007, at 1:02 AM by Mel. ]

36. Posted by ash48 (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Thanks!

Tex, you should definitely let me know how your trip goes! Any info is helpful... Have fun! Looking foward to hearing from you.

Good Luck,
Ashley

37. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Trip is now ten days away, seems like the 6 months planning has flown by. I feel great about everything, except feeling a little uneasy about driving around. I've heard alot of good and bad. I would imagine though like everything else: use good judgement and common sense and take your time. Thanks to all for their advice and suggestions on this site. I will be anxious to tell of my adventures.
Ken

38. Posted by texczech (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Words cannot describe the trip my wife and I just returned from. Two weeks in Ireland, then a week in the Boston area. I really want to say thanks to everyone that gave advice. I could go on for some time in great detail ( as my wife kept a journal ), but I'd just say that it was to me-a very emotional and gratifying journey. I will tell everyone that renting a small car and exploring the country is the way to go.

39. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Hey Ken

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time - you must get your wife to write up a blog to tell us of your adventures! You sure choose a great time weather wise - we have had amazing weather this last few weeks - the rain however is back tonight!!!!!!!!

Heather

40. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi Ken,

Delighted you had a good trip, as Purdy just mentioned it would be great if you could put your wifes journal up as a blog - I'd love to see which parts of Ireland moved you & I'm sure fellow travellers would find some great inspiration too.

C.