Keeping in touch...
Whether it's a mobie phone, broadband or sending stuff home here's some tips.
Essential for most people, there are a number of mobile networks in Ireland. Three, Vodafone, Meteor, Eir, Virgin Mobile, ID and Tesco Mobile all operate here (the last three all piggy back on the Three network but have their own tarriffs).
To find out what is the best plan for you check out this comparison website by Comreg (the communications regulator).
If coming from abroad and you have an unlocked handset, you can simply get a SIM card from any of the above networks and you are good to go.
There's a wide range of broadband providers in Ireland, in urban areas the most popular would be Virgin Media or Sky who also offer pay TV, landline and a mobile service. Often buying together (commonly called a bundle) is cheaper.
Other providers include Sky, Imagine, Vodafone and Irish Broadband.
For package price comparisons see bonkers.ie
The Post Office
An Post is the national postal service here. They have a network of post offices (beware some close during the lunch break!). Some are open on Saturdays but none on Sundays. You'll find self service terminals in some shopping centres that allow you to weigh and print stamps (and post) letters and parcels outside of normal business hours.
An Post also sell foreign currency (Sterling and Dollars), mobile phone credit, insurance, even Itunes credit. Some offices also act as an agent for DHL.