While most holidays will go off without a hitch, situations may occur that are completely unexpected and out of your control, bringing your trip to an unwanted halt. That’s why it’s important to keep a list of local contacts for quick access to relevant services in case of an emergency.
We’d highly recommend keeping this list of numbers not only on your phone, but have a hard copy handy too in case your phone battery dies and you need to use a public phone.
Republic of Ireland Tel: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland Tel: 999
The fire, ambulance and police services in Ireland and Northern Ireland are all contactable via the above numbers. When calling emergency services you will be asked to provide the following:
- The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby.
- Directions to the scene of the emergency
- The telephone number you are calling from
- Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description, any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions.
Try to stay calm and listen to the call taker’s instructions.
It is also important to keep your own phone on as the emergency service may need to contact you for further information.
Tourists who become victims of a crime while in Ireland can contact the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS). ITAS staff can speak a number of foreign languages and will be able to assist with any problems facing a tourist in the aftermath of a crime. Information brochures are available in all tourist offices.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm; Sundays and public holidays from 12pm-6pm
Contact details: Lo-call tel: 1890 365 700 (only from Irish phone numbers); email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ITAS, Pearse Street Garda Station, Pearse Street. Tel: +353 1 666 9000 (outside Ireland)
ITAS, 6-7 Hanover Street East, Dublin 2. Tel: +353 1 661 0562 (outside Ireland)
Republic of Ireland
Should you wish to avail of the services of the Automobile Association in Ireland, you will need to register for a minimum of a year’s membership with them. This will cost approximately €220.
Automobile Association (AA) Breakdown Service
Tel: 1800 66 77 88; www.aaireland.ie
Handy Links in Kells, Co. Meath
Your hosts are the best people to look after you and give advice, but here are some handy numbers for Kells:
Gormley's Pharmacy, Kells Shopping Centre, Circular Road, Kells - 046 924 0950
Kenlis Pharmacy, Canon Street, Kells - 046 924 7944
Lynch's Pharmacy, Farrell Street, Kells - 046 924 0515
McNally's Pharmacy, Main St, Carlanstown, Kells - 046 924 6078
Beacon Family Practice, Navan Road, Kells - 046 924 1333
North East Doctor on Call, Farrell Street, Kells - 046 924 1533
Dr. Mary Coffey, Canon Street, Kells - 046 929 3999
Moynalty Mullagh Family Practice - 046 924 4306
Con Sweeney, Headfort Place, Kells - 086 379 8405