I've never had any problem getting medical treatment when on holidays in Ireland. From what I remember, they didn't even ask to see the E111 but I had to fill out a form. I went once when i was in the middle of a miscarriage (family wedding I didn't want to miss), had to go for a blood test to confirm it was a miscarriage rather than ectopic, and got excellent care. If you do have any pregnancy related problems you are probably best going directly to a maternity unit rather than a gp.
pAMINA have as much documentation aspossible, what with all the immigrants arriving in ireland, recent law prohibited them arriving in week 38/39, to give birth, there is more pressure on public maternity wards than before so i would nearly contact Galway University Hospital and find out the necessities, knock airport i think is closer to cong, will check on map,
in general hospitals in ireland are under pressure in all departments, so for your own reassurance i would contact.
in ireland private healthcare (bupa or vhi)is used mostly for births, its not like the NHS, you have to pay for every visit to a doctor anything from £25- 40stg and it doesnt matter how less well off you are you have to pay, unless you have a medical card which a very small minority have, not even children.
Pabla I am not sure that you don't have to pay for a doctor here. Surely we could all use the ploy then that we are not resident and not pay the exhorbitant fees we have to just to see a doctor. I have never heard of going "private" to a doctors here. You either have a medical card or you don't and the vast majority don't.
I think Pabla means if you have the E111 form, then you don't have to pay the GP. This would show that your were resident in the UK. And you don't need private heatlhcar to have a baby. Some of my friends go public, others go private. If you are private your consultant attends the birth but Pamina is only going to go to hospital in case of an emergency. In all likelihood she won't need our health services. And Ashford Castle!!!!! To die for, Pamina!