When to Go

Be prepared for rain any time of year. Average rainfall in the rest of Ireland is between 31 inches and 47 inches, but here on the west coast, it can exceed 79 inches. Take comfort from the thought that while it may be damp, it is never really cold. In the coldest months, January and February, the mean daily temperature is around 6°C (43°F). That said, Ireland—like much of northern Europe—has been experiencing colder winters in recent years with significant snow accumulations and prolonged below-normal temperatures. In the warmest months, July and August, average temperatures are around 15°C (60°F). If you’re looking for authentic fun and festivity, skip St. Patrick’s Day in March and plan to visit between May and September; yes, it’s peak season, but you’ll have your choice of local food and music festivals and you’ll be able to catch a local hurling or Gaelic football match in the heated lead-up to All-Ireland finals in September.

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