There are so many ATMs in Ireland that you can easily find them. You will find them in bank branches and beyond, as well as in supermarkets, shopping malls and even nightclubs.
Use one of the locator tools to find the ATM nearest to you.
When you withdraw cash abroad, you run the risk of being charged twice: first by your bank, and then by the bank servicing the ATM itself. Before you leave, make sure you know how much your bank charges you for withdrawals outside of your country. You will also need to keep an eye on ATM messages notifying you of additional fees. Fortunately, most ATMs, especially in tourist areas, will offer you a choice of languages so that you can be aware of what is going on.
Despite the fees, using an ATM is a popular choice as it is convenient and the exchange rates are usually fair.
Most major retailers and service providers accept credit or debit cards. Visa and MasterCard cards are most often accepted (along with cards marked Maestro or Cirrus). American Express is not always accepted, so bring some cash with you if this is your main card.
Sometimes in Ireland, small independent retailers do not accept card payments for transactions of small amounts (10 euros or less) due to bank fees. In general, it is recommended to always have cash with you in case you cannot pay with a card. If you ever need cash quickly, use the ATM locator — applications that are available online.
Attention! Tell your bank that you will be abroad. When you travel, it is recommended to inform the card issuer that you will go abroad. Often, if banks detect unusual activity, they block your account. God takes care of the safe.
It is also recommended to always reject card offers for debiting funds in your home currency. If you use a credit or debit card abroad, you may be asked if you want the payment to be made in your home currency — this is called Dynamic currency conversion (DCC).
With DCC, you can see the cost indicated in your home currency. Unfortunately, although this is called a “service”, it means that a foreign bank gives you low rates and, often, higher fees. Always choose to pay in the local currency, in euros. Thus, your home bank (which wants you to remain a regular customer) will apply a more favorable rate to your transaction.