I'm in a panic state right now! I like to think I am a seasoned traveler, however, looks like I'm not. This morning in preparing for my trip to Ireland I was Re-reading Rick Steve's Ireland 2014 - he states that a country "may not" let someone into a country if your passport expires within 3-6 mths. Mine expires on or about October 14! My trip to Ireland for a family reunion - I arrive on July 31st & fly home August 16. A few mths ago I went to renew my passport at the local Post Office - the postal worker said it didn't need to be renewed until after I return. Now I'm completely upset that there is a chance I may not be allowed into Ireland. Help!!! Should I call the Irish embassy in DC???
According to the US State department site passports for visits to Ireland simply need to be valid for the duration of your stay; there is no 3/6 month limit: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/ireland.html
The Irish Embassy site makes no mention of any expiration rule one way or another, so calling the Irish embassy to confirm the State Department's info should put you at ease.
A big thank you to all who responded yesterday on this and my other post of the same issue. Almost finished with my packing...
Looks like you're on the right track.