Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Food and shopping

There is a wide choice of food shops and restaurants in Ireland catering to all tastes and pockets.

As the number and variety of overseas nationals has grown in recent years, so too has the diversity of food and ingredients. Students should therefore have no difficulty satisfying special religious or dietary requirements. Good restaurant guides are available online on websites like and

An array of supermarkets cater for all food tastes, including Tesco, Dunnes StoresAldi and Lidl, not to mention local Spar and Centra stores. Shopping hours vary, but generally big departments stores (e.g. Dunnes and Tesco) are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, Sunday from 12pm to 6pm  with late shopping on Thursday until 9pm. An increasing number of supermarkets and smaller shops are open seven days a week. Many corner shops now open 24/7.