Living in Ireland: A Guide for Beginners

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Ireland is well-known for its love of food and drink, as well as for its scenic landscape and vibrant towns. From the outside, Ireland may appear to be an ideal destination to call home and start a new life. Moving to a new country, on the other hand, is a major decision. It is critical to do research and consider the benefits and drawbacks of living in Ireland. The good news is we’ve got you covered!

We’ve prepared this comprehensive guide on living in Ireland and aim to answer any questions you might have prior to your move. Ready? Let’s begin!

Why Move to Ireland?

Ireland doesn’t need any introduction but here are some of the reasons why you should consider moving to Ireland:

  • Natural beauty and wildlife
  • Vibrant cultural and music scene
  • Wonderful people
  • Quality life
  • Better work life balance

Fair enough. But let’s dig deeper!

Advantages and Disadvantages of Living in Ireland

To help you understand life in Ireland, we’ll present you with the main advantages and disadvantages of living in the country.

Advantages of Living in Ireland

A Good Base To Travel Within Europe

Ireland is an excellent starting place for visiting the rest of Europe; the UK is less than an hour away, and Barcelona is just a two-hour flight away. There is no better place to call home for travel-savvy digital nomads than Ireland.

One of the Safest Countries

Ireland, also known as Emerald Isle referring to the green landscape, is one of the safest countries. So if you’re looking for a safe place where crime rates are low, living in Ireland can be ideal for you.

A Lively Social Scene

The bar scene in Ireland is well-known throughout the world. Pubs are more than just places to get a meal and drink – they’re like community centers where you make and keep friends, play games, and enjoy music.

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Disadvantages of Living in Ireland

Cloudy Weather Isn’t for Everyone

Ireland is well-known for being cloudy and rainy almost all year. It rarely snows in Ireland, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cold for much of the year. If you’re coming from a country with constant sunshine, living in Ireland may not be right for you.

Living Costs Are High

The cost of living in Ireland’s city centers can be quite high. Rents fall dramatically when you move to rural areas, yet this also means limited access to public transportation.

Social Life Evolves Around Pubs

Ireland is famous for its pubs and it’s true that they’re major attractions both for Irish people and expats. However, if you’re not into drinking, you might get bored after a while.

Where To Live in Ireland

1. Dublin

For many people, living in Ireland means living in Dublin. Like any capital, Dublin has one of the highest costs of living, still less expensive than other cities such as London and New York. Life in Dublin has all of the benefits of city life while maintaining a laid-back atmosphere. You won’t be subjected to the rush that is frequent in other capital cities.

Dublin’s nightlife is lively, full of pubs and typical parties.

Pros

  • Friendly people
  • Public transportation
  • Lively social life
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="2_Cork"></span><b>2. Cork</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perhaps Dublin is the first Irish city that comes to mind when you think about living in Ireland. However, the truth is that other Irish cities have a lot more to offer. If you&#8217;re moving to Ireland, you can consider living in Cork! </span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re a foodie, Cork can be ideal for you as it is also known as the food capital of Ireland, with its excellent cheese and fish products.</span></p>						</div>
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="3_Limerick"></span><b>3. Limerick</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Limerick is one of Ireland&#8217;s youngest cities, with the majority of the population in their 30s, largely made up of exchange students. If this is your profile, Limerick is ideal for you. It’s also the hub of rugby and Gaelic football.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Limerick is also well known for being home to the Irish rock band The Cranberries. </span></p>						</div>
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                  <li >Lack of accommodation options
    
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Living_in_Ireland_Transportation"></span><b>Living in Ireland: Transportation </b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Public transportation is not the only option to go around Ireland – but it is unquestionably one of the best. Because all of the island&#8217;s public transportation is above ground, all you have to do is look out the windows and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. </span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ireland is very compact and easy to navigate through. The bonus is that there’ll be always someone to ask for assistance or directions.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Airports"></span><b>Airports</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dublin Airport is Ireland&#8217;s busiest airport, with around 30 million passengers each year. Other airports throughout the country are rather minor in contrast, yet flights can still be flown in and out of them on a regular basis.</span></p>						</div>
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    						<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Galway also has two smaller airports, Connemara Airport and Inishmore Airport, both of which serve the Aran Islands.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Driving_in_Ireland"></span><b>Driving in Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the finest ways to get off the main path and uncover some of Ireland&#8217;s best-kept secrets is to drive. Note that driving is on the left side of the road and you’ll need your international driving license with you at all times.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Bus"></span><b>Bus </b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want to venture off the usual path and experience Ireland&#8217;s countryside, the bus network is often the only public transportation option.  Dedicated bus services are available in cities and certain large towns. Bus services are provided by both public and private companies, and costs are competitive, so shop around before you go to obtain the best deal.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Travel cards, such as Leap and iLink, are convenient, inexpensive, and may be used on public transportation.</span></p><p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-27186 size-full" src="https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland.jpg" alt="" width="715" height="477" srcset="https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland.jpg 715w, https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 715px) 100vw, 715px" /></p>						</div>
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    						<h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Train"></span><b>Train</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The train is especially useful for intercity travel, with journeys lasting no more than 2.5 hours.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dublin and Belfast are the main rail hubs, connecting you to cities and towns around the island.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Taxis"></span><b>Taxis</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taxis are available at airports, train and bus stations, and taxi ranks in cities and larger towns. Hackneys, licensed passenger-carrying vehicles, are a little different; you&#8217;ll need to phone their headquarters to order one.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taxis use meters to calculate the fee, but hackneys do not, so it&#8217;s a good idea to settle on a fare with your driver before you begin your journey.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Cuisine"></span><b>Cuisine</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Ireland, food is a vital part of contemporary culture &#8211; from vibrant farmers&#8217; markets to fantastic local foods, craft brewing and distilling, and imaginative chefs who celebrate the profound relationship between location and dish.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Farmers&#8217; markets are an excellent chance to get a close-up look at Irish cuisine. Stalls that sell artisan cheese, soda bread, grass-fed beef, and mountain lamb highlight the diversity and complexity of Irish culinary heritage. The English Market in Cork, St George&#8217;s Market in Belfast, and the Temple Bar Food Market in Dublin are three famous spots you should definitely try as a beginner.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Nightlife"></span><b>Nightlife</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ireland is well-known for its bars and Guinness dark beer, but it is also famed for its vibrant nightlife. When it comes to visiting Ireland&#8217;s coziest pubs, the options are limitless. As soon as the sun goes down, the country&#8217;s pubs and venues begin to beat to a different beat…</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When visiting an Irish pub with a group of friends, a &#8220;rounds&#8221; system is used. Each participant will take turns offering to buy a round for everyone in their party. Those who do not make an offer to buy a round of drinks may be considered impolite.</span></p><p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-27187 size-full" src="https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland-1.jpg" alt="" width="715" height="477" srcset="https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland-1.jpg 715w, https://govisafree.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/living-in-ireland-1-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 715px) 100vw, 715px" /></p>						</div>
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Is_Living_in_Ireland_Expensive"></span><b>Is Living in Ireland Expensive?</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is living in Ireland expensive? Both yes and no. With local wages, it is possible to live comfortably but many items must be imported into Ireland because it is a small island nation. This raises the cost of everyday needs like groceries and gas. This makes things like going out to eat or driving more expensive than they are in other European countries.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Cost_of_Living_in_Ireland"></span><b>Cost of Living in Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cost of living on the Emerald Isle varies depending on your way of life. Depending on your monthly expenses, the typical value ranges from €700 to €1,500 per person, excluding rent.</span></p><p>The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment costs around €1,500. This amount goes up to €2,500 for a three-bedroom one.</p><p>If you&#8217;re currently living in the US and planning to move to Ireland, here&#8217;s a quick comparison:</p><ul><li>Consumer prices in Ireland are 3.59 percent higher than in the US (excluding rent)</li><li>Rent prices in Ireland are 3.27 percent higher than in the US</li><li>Restaurant prices in Ireland are 11.54 percent higher than in the US</li></ul>						</div>
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Living_in_Ireland_Accommodation"></span><b>Living in Ireland: Accommodation </b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether seeking a country home, a coastal cottage, or a modern city apartment, you have a variety of housing options to select from, the specifics of which depend on lifestyle.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The majority of expats in Ireland rent rather than own. Having said that, if living in Ireland for the long term is your plan. you might consider purchasing a home.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apartments and semi-detached row houses are the most popular types of accommodation in Irish cities such as Dublin and Cork. Older houses and flats are usually more spacious, and rental prices decrease as one moves out from the city center.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Finding_Accommodation_in_Ireland"></span><b>Finding Accommodation in Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are numerous websites in Ireland that advertise houses, and local newspapers are also useful sources to look for rentals. Property rentals are frequently posted on noticeboards at local supermarkets.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When looking for a home in Ireland, real estate brokers are another option. However, unlike in many other countries, rental companies in Ireland frequently bill the renter rather than the property owner. The cost is often equal to one month&#8217;s rent.</span></p>						</div>
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    						<h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Weather"></span><b>Weather</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here comes the opening line of every conversation with Irish people: weather in Ireland.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Irish climate is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters. But as the weather likes to keep people guessing, you&#8217;ll probably get a taste of everything. The rain will clear, revealing blue skies. Freezing mornings will give way to beautiful afternoons…And just when you think you&#8217;ve seen it all, Ireland will offer you a sunrise.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The weather, as Irish people will tell you, can spoil even the best-laid plans. This is why you have got to learn to be adaptable! Pack for every season and simply enjoy Emerald Isle!</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Money_and_Credit_Cards"></span><b>Money and Credit Cards</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The euro is the currency of the Republic of Ireland while the official currency in Northern Ireland is the pound sterling.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted throughout Ireland; American Express is accepted at some locations but not very common.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;Chip and pin&#8221; system is used for credit and debit cards in Ireland. Contactless payments are available too for up to €50.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You might hear people saying &#8220;Hole in the wall&#8221; which means an ATM.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Visa_Requirements_for_Ireland"></span><b>Visa Requirements for Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days and are not from Switzerland or a country from the EU and EEA, you need to get an Irish residence permit.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Irish visas and permits are typically provided in the form of permanent or short-term passes based on work, study, or family reunion. There are also special schemes for people who want to reside in Ireland as investors or retirees.</span></p>						</div>
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    						<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another possibility is to seek residency in Ireland based on your family ties.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Healthcare_in_Ireland"></span><b>Healthcare in Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although healthcare in Ireland is universal, this does not imply that it is free for everybody. Even if you use the country&#8217;s public healthcare system, which is open to both residents and non-residents, you can expect to pay a price. Only Medical Card holders are covered for healthcare costs.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Ireland, the normal charge for a hospital visit is approximately €100. A single doctor&#8217;s appointment will cost approximately €50. If you want to get private insurance, you should expect to pay between €30 and €150 per month, depending on the plan you choose.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Culture_and_Society_in_Ireland"></span><b>Culture and Society in Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Communication_Style"></span><b>Communication Style</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One thing you&#8217;ll notice when you start living in Ireland is that the Irish people are direct and to the point. Honesty is valued and expected in Ireland. Still, Irish people enjoy telling stories and it&#8217;s true that they sometimes exaggerate.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In general, teasing and joking during conversation are valued in Irish society. Irish people don&#8217;t like arrogant people and appreciate modesty and humility.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Irish people aren&#8217;t scared to argue or speak their own views. However, some Irish people are religiously and politically sensitive so try to avoid those subjects.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Time"></span><b>Time</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Being a few minutes late is acceptable in both work and social situations. If you are a person who is always on time, Irish people may think that you are strange.</span></p><h3><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Irish_Language"></span><b>Irish Language</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h3><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The official languages of the Republic of Ireland are English and Irish (Gaeilge). Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas are mostly found along the west coast, where Irish is frequently spoken.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You&#8217;ll be introduced to Irish practically as soon as you arrive, with all street and traffic signs in both English and Irish in the Republic of Ireland.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="Five_Things_To_Know_Before_You_Move_to_Ireland"></span><b>Five Things To Know Before You Move to Ireland</b><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>1. Ireland is an expensive country</strong>: Obviously, it will depend on where you live but make sure you can afford life in Ireland before you arrive.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>2. Dublin is the place to be</strong>: All Irish cities have their character and charm, but it&#8217;s true that Dublin is the city where the majority of actions take place.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>3. Don&#8217;t miss out on natural beauties</strong>: Because of the country&#8217;s tiny size, it&#8217;s ideal for weekend getaways, so there&#8217;s no reason to miss out on Ireland&#8217;s breathtaking scenery.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>4. Get used to &#8220;waiting&#8221;</strong>: People in Ireland have a bad tendency of being late. So, when you start your life in Ireland, you should get used to waiting.</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>5. Prepare yourself for serious drinking culture</strong>: Ireland has a huge selection of alcoholic beverages to try. You&#8217;ll never run out of new drinks to try, with options ranging from Baileys Irish Cream to Irish cider — not to mention Guinness.</span></p><h2><span class="ez-toc-section" id="The_Bottom_Line"></span><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><span class="ez-toc-section-end"></span></h2><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There you have it…We’ve given you an introduction to life in Ireland in general. Ireland is a fantastic country with friendly people and great natural wonders. We believe you’re going to have an amazing time there!</span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ever visited Ireland? Have you ever thought of living there? Let us know…</span></p>						</div>
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