Ireland is an ideal travel destination for many Americans thanks to ancestry and shared cultural backgrounds. Unfortunately for the uninformed this bucolic island nation does have its darker side. With militant organizations still very much a part of Irish society and independence, and the failing European economy causing a rise in crime rates it is important to know what to keep an eye out for. Before visiting the Emerald Isle one should learn everything they can to keep themselves safe so they can actually enjoy their holiday.
- Ireland is known for its many cathedrals, local breweries and lush landscape.
- Tourists should take caution when visiting bar districts late at night or during the early hours of the morning.
- Be aware of petty crime. Theft, burglary and purse snatching are common in tourist areas. Use a fanny pack or security wallet to safeguard passports, money and other documentation when sightseeing.
“Racial minority groups must be especially aware of their surroundings; violence against non-whites has been reported in Dublin.”