Ireland - Telephone Service Information, including area codes, payphones, operator services and home country direct, internet services etc.


 

   

Telephone Service Information

Online white and yellow pages phonebooks for Ireland

GSM2 and 3 mobile networks in Ireland

Telephone Numbering Changes (to part of 04, 05, 07 and 09 zones only)

Ireland has the lowest cost international leased lines in the OECD area


Hibernia Atlantic provide high capacity connections between the US/Canada and Ireland at low monthly rates - eg 10Mbit/sec link from US to Ireland for just $1,000 per month!. Check their website for more pricing information.


MAN (metropolitan area networks - wholesale access only) e-net

Telecom networks

eircom 
You can order services from eircom online, view your detailed bill (pdf format), register and track fault repairs, etc. by registering on this website.

Personal Numbering - eircom offer an 0700 personal numbering service  that allows you route your incoming calls to your home, office, mobile, vacation home, voicemail, fax, etc - and change the routing whenever you like from anywhere.   The monthly subscription is EUR 1.25 charged to your eircom account.  Call charges extra. 


Text messaging on fixed network

Text messaging is available to all phone lines on the fixed as well as mobile networks. Text messages sent to fixed line phones are either displayed on the phone or read to the customer using a text to speech server.

The fixed network SMS centre numbers are 17409900 (outgoing) and 0818365135 (incoming). These SMSC codes are normally pre-programmed into SMS capable phones purchased in Ireland.

Eircom Price List

Irish telephone numbering space allocation database

ESAT Telecom
Tele2
MCI WorldCom

Internet Service Providers

Broadband internet access options

Using broadband for e-working, telecommuting, VoIP, VPNs etc.

eircom net
Eirstream - 2 way satellite based ISP
Elivefree
Ireland Online
ESATClear
ESATnet
Indigo
DNA Internet(UTV Internet)
Heanet Government owned educational infrastructural provider
Global Crossing
Ocean
Web-Sat ("fast two-way Internet via satellite")
Europeonline.com
SkyDSL
LuxSAT Soon to be launched service using next generation digital satellite set-top box providing TV, Internet, Radio, Games and Financial Services
Netsystem.com
Chello


Regulation

Telecommunications networks in Ireland are regulated by:

The Commission for Telecommunications Regulation (ComReg)
Abbey Court
Lower Abbey Street
IRL-Dublin 1
Telephone 804 9600

Comreg have a consumer website at AskComReg.ie

European Regulators Group

A few statistics

Fixed Network (analog) Telephone Lines: 1.6 million (30.06.2002)  [Source: ODTR-0276b: 1.6 million at 30.09.2002]
Leased circuits 36,787 [30.09.00]
Mobile network subscriptions (please see here)
Fixed line public network voicemailboxes (1998) 400,000 (+233%)
Public payphones (eircom) (1998) 8,410
Customers served by digital lines 100%
Customers served with touch-tone signalling 100%
EuroISDN channels (30.09.2002) 345,000 +28% on previous year representing 17.8% of total fixed access paths.
Total access channels (PSTN & ISDN) at 30.9.2002 1.945M  [49.8 per 100 pop]
Total voice telecommunications access paths (ie PSTN and ISDN channels and cellular subscriptions) 4.945M  at 30.9.2002

See the Irish Telecommunications Market Quarterly Review (downloadable at ComReg for further statistical detail on all modes of telecommunications in Ireland).


National Destination Codes (Area Codes)

Indicatif téléphonique interurbain
Fernkennzahl
Indicativo interurbano

Use the NDC (national destination code - sometimes called the "area code") shown before the 5 to 7 digit telephone number when calling from within Ireland. eg XYZ Hotel, Ahakista (Co Cork) Tel 67999 - Dial 027 67999 when calling from outside the 027 area. If you are unsure about which area code you are calling from, dial it anyway. It will be ignored by the telephone network if it is not required and does not affect the call charge.

Calls to/from Northern Ireland

IRL > NI = 048

Replace the 028 NDC Northern Irish NDC with 048.

Alternatively use +44 28 (recommended in particular when storing a number on a mobile phone)

NI > IRL = 00 353

Dial 00 353 + area code and number. Omit the initial 0 of the IRL area code. Call 100 for operator assistance if required.

A listing of National Destination Codes for IRL and NI can be found
here

International direct dialling

This is available from all locations in Ireland to over 220 countries. The IDD access code 00 should be prefixed to the country code followed by the area code and number. (eg to call 212 999 9000 in the USA dial 001 212 999 9000). International phone calls can be dialled from all payphones, without operator assistance. The minimum payphone charge for all calls (local, national or international) is 1 unit, which costs 20 pence from an eircom coin phone, and between 15 and 20 pence from a card phone. The time purchased by one unit varies from a few seconds for an intercontinental call to several minutes for a local call.

Carrier Selection

Call by call carrier selection is available using the 5 digit code beginning with 13 allocated to the carrier in question. The 141 and 142 CLIR / CLIP code should be entered before the carrier selection code. Default carrier selection is also available.

Operator Services

Operator service is also available - 114 for international operator and 10 for national calls. Directory assistance codes are: Ireland 11811, Rest of the world 11818. Most operator connected calls are surcharged over self-dial rates.

Emergency = 112

The emergency number is 112 for police, fire department, ambulance, coast guard, and mountain rescue. The 112 emergency service number also operates in most other European states. This is the equivalent of 911 in North America.

Coin and card payphones

Eircom payphones take coins, credit cards and prepaid phonecards.  

Coin phones on private property

Some locations provide their own coin phone service. In such cases charges imposed by the building owner apply, and these will usually be higher than eircom provided payphones. In some cases calls to 1-800 numbers are blocked and information calls are not free or blocked completely.

Call management services

Call Tracking

This service allows one to track the cost of calls on your detailed phone bill with separate listings for up to 8 users of the phone line.  

Voicemail

To self-install voicemail on an eircom phone line, call 171 and follow the voice prompts to record a greeting, etc. The default starting password is 1234. Up to recently, there was no charge for the voicemail service - other than the call charge to listen to your voicemail from a phone number other than your own. Alas no longer. It now costs just over EUR 1,-- per month.

Call Waiting

To set-up call waiting, lift the receiver and enter *43#. A recorded voice announcement will confirm that the service has been set-up. The service can be cancelled using entering #43#.

Call forwarding

Lift the receiver and enter *21* followed by the forward to phone number followed by #. Local, national and international numbers can be used. To cancel forwarding enter #21#. The usual call charge is payable for each call forwarded. A setup fee of 23p inc VAT is charged each time the *21* code is used.

Wake up calls

Lift receiver and enter *55* + required time followed by #. eg for a call at 06h00 *55*0600# - for a call at 18h00 use *55*1800#.

Telephone Directory

Irish telephone numbers are available from several sources:

Operator Assisted Directory Information

See under "operator services" above if you are calling from within Ireland. You can also the Irish Directory Information services through your international operator.

Online Telephone Directory

Online white and yellow pages phonebooks for Ireland

Irish PSTN Network Characteristics

Information on the Irish PSTN network characteristics and type approvals process can be found
here.

Modems and ISDN

The RJ11 modular phone connector (as used in USA, Canada etc.) is used in Ireland. Information on international telephone plug varieties can be found here. Modems that work in the USA usually work OK in Ireland. Touch-tone dialling is universally available on the public network in the Republic of Ireland. Euro-ISDN is the ISDN standard in Ireland, using RJ45 connectors.

Calling Line Identity

eircom uses the European (ETSI) caller-id specification (ETS300778-1 Option B) in the PSTN. Telephones, modems and other devices that support only North American caller-id protocols will not deliver CLIP when used on the Irish network. CLIP is also available on the ISDN in accordance with EuroISDN protocols and on the mobile GSM networks.

Calling Line Identity can be restricted on a default basis by contacting the telephone company. CLI presentation can be enabled or restricted on a per call basis by entering one of the following codes before the called party's number:

Restrict CLI on the next call 141 (immediately followed by required number) Present CLI on the next call 142 (immediately followed by required number)

The CLI system in Northern Ireland varies depending on the phone company.

Missed call / Call Return

If you don't have a CLI device, you can still determine the number of the party who last called you by dialling 1471 (charge EUR 0.06). Press 3 to connect with the caller automatically. This service is not available where CLI has been withheld by the caller or originating network.

Northern Ireland

The following differences should be noted: The international operator access code is 155. International directory information is available from 153. The local operator code is 100. Local directory enquiry service is on 192. RJ11 telephone sockets are not used in Northern Ireland - a special British jackplug or adapter is required.

Home Country Direct

The home country direct service allows you to reach an operator or automated call completion system run by your telephone company back home so you can make collect and or chargecard calls, check voice mail and use any other services available to you in accordance with your home country direct chargecard agreement.

Home country direct access codes from Ireland and Northern Ireland


IDD (International Direct Dialling) to telephone numbers listed in this site

Indicatif international
Landeskennzahl
Prefisso internazionale

Country Code and National Destination Code

Use the IDD code before the 5 to 7 digit telephone number supplied when calling from outside Ireland.
Replace the "+" in the IDD code with your local international access code (eg + = 011 from North America and 00 in most parts of Europe). eg XYZ Hotel, Ahakista (Co Cork) Tel 67999 - Dial 011 353 27 67999# from North America. The # at the end of the number speeds connection of the call when calling from USA.

Other sources of information

Proposals for a Standard Telephone Numbering Plan across Europe 363k MS Word DOC file.

European Telecommunications Office

Other telecommunications links



List of communities,
national destination codes (area codes)
and National Grid References

Nomenclature des localites
Ortsverzeichnis
Elenco delle localita

Please note that all national destination codes in Northern Ireland (marked "NI") are in country code +44. When calling from the Republic to Northern Ireland however, prefix "08" to the national destination code shown below - do not dial the 44 country code.

All other codes shown below are in country code +353

 
National Grid Reference Town County NDC Phonebook
244185 Abbeyleix LS 0502 05
67308 Achill Island MO 098 07/09
       
146146 Adare LK 061 06
87040 Ahakista C 027 02
189130 Aherlow TS 062 06
       
313378 Aldergrove NI 048 NI
85209 Aran Islands GW 099 07/09
173391 Ardara DL 074 07/09
       
219078 Ardmore WD 024 02
324173 Arklow WW 0402 04
278345 Armagh NI 048 NI
       
203242 Athlone WH 090 07/09
269194 Athy KE 059 05
239251 Ballina MO 096 07/09
       
79246 Ballinafad GW 095 07/09
186231 Ballinasloe GW 090 07/09
214394 Ballybofey DL 074 07/09
       
87141 Ballybunnion KY 068 06
62244 Ballyconneely GW 095 07/09
227309 Ballyconnell CN 049 04
       
199064 Ballycotton C 021 02
100053 Ballylickey C 027 02
238448 Ballyliffin DL 074 07/09
       
220113 Ballymacarbry WD 052 05
311404 Ballymena NI 048 NI
187362 Ballyshannon DL 071 07/09
       
123208 Ballyvaughan CE 065 06
201216 Banagher OY 0509 05
149055 Bandon C 023 02
       
138098 Banteer C 029 02
100049 Bantry C 027 02
335375 Belfast NI 048 NI
       
236317 Belturbet CN 049 04
206205 Birr OY 0509 05
321230 Blackrock D 01 01
       
161076 Blarney C 021 02
298215 Blessington WW 045 04
181303 Boyle RN 071 07/09
       
327219 Bray WW 01 01
291157 Bunclody WX 054 05
234432 Buncrana DL 074 07/09
       
182359 Bundoran DL 071 07/09
146162 Bunratty CE 061 06
294440 Bushmills NI 048 NI
       
55059 Caherdaniel KY 066 06
205125 Cahir/Caher TS 052 05
210090 Cappoquin WD 058 05
       
73091 Caragh Lake KY 066 06
319312 Carlingford LH 042 04
273177 Carlow CW 059 05
       
194300 Carrick-on-Shanno LM 071 07/09
240122 Carrick-on-Suir TS 051 05
384304 Carrickmacross MN 042 04
       
208141 Cashel TS 062 06
80243 Cashel Bay GW 095 07/09
       
175314 Castlebaldwin SO 071 07/09
115290 Castlebar MO 094 07/09
282310 Castleblaney MN 042 04
       
278185 Castledermot KE 059 05
242305 Cavan CN 049 04
66251 Clifden GW 095 07/09
       
139041 Clonakilty C 023 02
307232 Clondalkin D 01 01
250326 Clones MN 047 04
       
220123 Clonmel TS 052 05
180067 Cobh C 021 02
285433 Coleraine NI 048 NI
       
115256 Cong MO 094 07/09
167072 Cork City C 021 02
319157 Courtown Harbour WX 055 05
       
114318 Crossmolina MO 096 07/09
326226 Dalkey D 01 01
244416 Derry NI 048 NI
       
276349 Dingle KY 066 06
193378 Donegal DL 074 07/09
106197 Doolin CE 065 06
       
309275 Drogheda LH 041 04
315235 Dublin D 01 01
324229 Dun Laoghaire D 01 01
       
320385 Dunadry NI 048 NI
305307 Dundalk LH 042 04
197145 Dundrum TS 062 06
       
202437 Dunfanaghy DL 074 07/09
226093 Dungarvan WD 058 05
287201 Dunlavin WW 045 04
       
123053 Dunmanway C 023 02
95042 Durrus C 027 02
134178 Ennis CE 065 06
       
298140 Enniscorthy WX 054 05
224344 Enniskillen NI 048 NI
113189 Ennistymon CE 065 06
       
233426 Fahan DL 074 07/09
181098 Fermoy C 025 02
120223 Furbo GW 091 07/09
       
130225 Galway City GW 091 07/09
112036 Glandore C 028 02
312197 Glendalough WW 0404 04
       
93057 Glengarriff C 027 02
315159 Gorey WX 055 05
113065 Gougane Barra C 026 02
       
330212 Greystones WW 01 01
324358 Hillsborough NI 048 NI
340378 Holywood NI 048 NI
       
328238 Howth D 01 01
155058 Innishannon C 021 02
138103 Kanturk C 029 02
       
91071 Kenmare KY 064 06
89160 Kilkee CE 065 06
251156 Kilkenny KK 056 05
       
170173 Killaloe CE 061 06
96092 Killarney KY 064 06
326224 Killiney D 01 01
       
171377 Killybegs DL 074 07/09
100155 Kilrush CE 065 06
321222 Kilternan D 01 01
       
164051 Kinsale C 021 02
304351 Knock MO 094 07/09
109188 Lahinch CE 065 06
       
340402 Larne NI 048 NI
88262 Leenane GW 095 07/09
70258 Letterfrack GW 095 07/09
       
217411 Letterkenny DL 074 07/09
158157 Limerick City LK 061 06
113198 Lisdoonvarna CE 065 06
       
212275 Longford LD 043 04
303235 Lucan D 01 01
134073 Macroom C 026 02
       
323246 Malahide D 01 01
156099 Mallow C 022 02
294238 Maynooth KE 01 01
       
188074 Midleton C 021 02
119233 Moycullen GW 091 07/09
256125 Mullinavat KK 051 05
       
244253 Mullingar WH 044 04
287268 Navan MH 046 04
272128 New Ross WX 051 05
       
281215 Newbridge KE 045 04
337331 Newcastle NI 048 NI
140168 Newmarket CE 061 06
       
99294 Newport MO 098 07/09
112243 Oughterard GW 091 07/09
69066 Parknasilla KY 064 06
       
247198 Portlaoise LS 0502 05
324243 Portmarnock D 01 01
286440 Portrush NI 048 NI
       
314452 Rathlin Island NI 048 NI
229427 Rathmullan DL 074 07/09
329196 Rathnew WW 0404 04
       
86248 Recess GW 095 07/09
67263 Renvyle GW 095 07/09
213436 Rosapenna DL 074 07/09
       
187264 Roscommon RN 090 07/09
310115 Rosslare WX 053 05
313112 Rosslare Europort WX 053 05
       
189368 Rossnowlagh DL 071 07/09
69279 Roundstone GW 095 07/09
198067 Shanagarry C 021 02
       
324221 Shankill D 01 01
138162 Shannon CE 061 06
112034 Skibbereen C 028 02
       
93032 Skull C 028 02
269274 Slane MH 041 04
168336 Sligo SO 071 07/09
       
113223 Spiddal GW 091 07/09
320228 Stillorgan D 01 01
234397 Strabane NI 048 NI
       
293230 Straffan KE 01 01
73065 Tahilla KY 064 06
118127 Templeglantine LK 069 06
       
258142 Thomastown KK 056 05
189136 Tipperary TS 062 06
84115 Tralee KY 066 06
       
258102 Tramore WD 051 05
261288 Virginia CN 049 04
260112 Waterford City WD 051 05
       
50067 Waterville KY 066 06
100285 Westport MO 098 07/09
230290 Wexford WX 053 05
       
331194 Wicklow WW 0404 04
210078 Youghal C 024 02

Mobile cellular
National Destination Codes are as follows:
Digifone / 02 GSM 086
Éircell / Vodafone GSM 087

Meteor 085

* NGR - National Grid Reference

**Phonebook for 07 and 09 published in a single volume

Phonebook Volumes 01 to 07/09 published by eircom (see above) - Volume NI published by British Telecom for Northern Ireland

The above listing of codes relates to communities featured in this web site. Codes for other destinations may be obtained via the operator.



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