Motortax Renewal

The Motor Tax for our car will expire by the end of this month. I’ve received a reminder by email. It contained the PIN which is needed to renew the tax online. So I went to http://www.motortax.ie Monday morning to extend the motor tax for another year.

Does your car’s tax expire in the near future? Did you already receive the email with the PIN? Then all you will need to get this job done is the registration number, the PIN, the car insurance policy and your credit card. Let’s get started!

Go to Motor Tax Online and click on the icon that says MOTOR TAX which will lead you to the login screen. Enter your car’s registration number and the PIN and click on Log In. You will be guided through the six steps, which are:

Step 1 of 6: Vehicle Details Check the details of your car. Suppose they are all right, click on
YES>>

Step 2 of 6: Registered Owner Details In this step your details are listed (name, address, phone number and email). You can edit them if necessary. Then continue by clicking on
YES>>

Step 3 of 6: Insurance Details Now you will need to fill in the required information (name of the insurance company, expiry date, policy number) regarding your car insurance. All done? Then click on
Next>>

Step 4 of 6: Motor Tax Details this page contains data about the date on which your motor tax will expire and the date on  which the new task disc will commence on. Select to extend it for 3, 6, or 12 months. If you plan on driving your car for another year, and if you are able to do so, extend the tax for a whole year. This will save you quite a few euros. However, if you are planning on selling the car soon and/or trading it in for another one, you might want to extend it for a shorter period. As soon as you have made your preferred choice, click on
Continue to Payment>>

Step 5 of 6: Payment you will see the total amount to pay and then enter the details like credit card number, expiration date, security code, and cardholder name. Once you have filled in the information and you are okay to continue (immediate payment is required as soon as you will) click on
PAY NOW

Step 6 of 6: Transaction Complete you will see a Payment Confirmation page where the Transaction Reference Number, the Vehicle Registration Number, the New Taxation Period, the Transaction Date, the Total Amount, the Registered Owner, and the Address are listed. Click on Print this page to print and/or save the document.

Then click on Logout which will lead you to this page:

Logout Motor Tax.JPG

You will receive a confirmation by email shortly after and your new Motor Tax Disc should arrive by post within about a week. Ours arrived today.

Tax Disc

PS: Your disc won’t have the squared paper piece on it, of course 😉 That was put there to protect sensitive data.

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Blogging After August

Due to my disappointment in the platform this website and blog is currently on, I will not extend its contract in August. I have recently canceled the plan and domain of another website I used to have with them and I do not regret it.

Yes, I will still be blogging about Ireland but it is going to happen on another platform and at a frequency of 2-4 posts per month. This will depend on the topics and the time I’ll have available. In other words, this blog and the German version of it will become less active in time.

The one I mentioned above, which I decided not to extend after February 2019, is now found at Mirjam Fels. It is about home education and writing. My other website called The Christian Homemaker contains posts about homemaking and is written from a Christian perspective.

All of these changes are not only because I’m disappointed in the blogging platform but especially due to the fact that I’m longing to finish my book about dog training by the end of this year. To reach this goal, I’ll have to simplify my writing life and cut down some of the blogging time.

Starting in August, my blog posts found at the web addresses mentioned above will talk about Life in Ireland as well. I will keep you updated on my move. As for now Carmen In Ireland will continue right here.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog/s.

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St. Patrick’s Day 2019

Big Celebration

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up this Sunday. It’s Ireland’s National Day and celebrated in many places all over the world. On that day, people wear green, attend parades, festivals, Irish dances or banquets.

Stores offer all kinds of greenish things…

… headbands, badges, hats, flags, tiaras, and more.

And, yes, even dogs are celebrating that special day in some form or another. 🙂


If you just moved to Ireland, don’t worry. You will not miss this important day because you will see Irish flags on lamp posts along roadsides and bridges and many of the homes will show at least some sort of decoration around St. Patrick’s Day.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!

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