Moving to the Republic of Ireland
Our articles and blogs give you THE essential information, advice, and tips and tales you’ll need to make a successful move to Southern Ireland known as the Republic of Ireland.
If you don’t know already, then be assured right now that the Irish are some of the friendliest people on the planet, the food and the breath-taking scenery and wild coastline are also up there as some of the finest in the world.
The land is green and luscious, and that’s why Ireland is famously called The Emerald Isle so yes, we’re also talking about the rain because you’ll need to pack your umbrella! But that’s small beer compared to the wit of the Irish, their beautiful language, their culture and their music. Ireland itself, both north and south, is the land that gave us U2, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Enya, Sinead O’Connor, The Cranberries and Thin Lizzy to name but a few…oh, and did we mention beer? Yes, Ireland, Dublin to be exact, in the south, the Republic of Ireland is THE birthplace of Guinness.
In this article, we’ve provided you with 7 reasons why the only problem you may have in moving to Ireland is all in your mind. Ireland is a fabulous country to work and to retire, and we’ve provided an introduction to Dublin and 8 other Cities alongside 6 Tips for saving money and stress in your move to Ireland. We’ve followed this with the best link you’ll need to keep in touch with loved ones abroad and 4 necessary facts if you’re looking for work in Ireland. Finally, there’s a tip or two on the pros and cons of renting and buying in Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland is a fabulous country in which to live or retire.
- Whether you are moving for work or as a retiree, Ireland offers amazing places to live.
- Once you’ve chosen the county and even the city, try to visit Ireland to get a ‘feel’ for the different areas before you decide where to move.
In no specific order here’s a flavour of Dublin and 8 other cities.
Dublin, the capital, is a cosmopolitan city yet still manages to retain an authentic atmosphere combining historical interest and Celtic roots alongside the needs of a modern society. Get yourself a LEAP card immediately and make public travelling easier. You need to know that buses are a law unto themselves (may arrive may not) and traffic jams are a challenge. Which side you live on north or south side of the river matters too.
Just outside of Dublin families who prefer a slower pace of life can choose from Blackrock, Donnybrook, Drumcondra and Dundrum. For detailed article on the suburb read expats in Dublin Suburbs
In the west of Ireland, you’ll find Galway City, on the river Corrib in County Galway. It’s a city of culture including great music. Home to many large corporations including Apple, so if you can secure a work visa employment is generally excellent.
Westport, in County Mayo, is also on the west coast, by the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a popular tourist destination in the summer as well as a great place to live.
Smaller than Dublin and much loved for its culture and nightlife is the city of Cork in County Cork offering plenty of tech and pharmaceutical jobs.
Travel to the south-east of Ireland, and you’ll find Waterford in County Waterford. Situated at the head of Waterford harbour and in the county of Munster. Known for its Waterford Crystal and the birthplace of Ryanair.
Kinsale in County Cork is a quaint town on the Irish coast, a popular destination for the tourists and only a thirty-minute drive (without traffic) to Cork City.
Kenmare is a small town in County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland at the head of Kenmare Bay. It’s more off the beaten track, yet provides all the essentials one requires.
Want the best day out in Ireland? Killarney – Killarney National Park in Co Kerry to be exact, won this title in 2015. 26,000 acres of lush mountains and aboriginal forest, waterfalls and caves, County Kerry, is in south-west Ireland with Killarney located on the north eastern shore of Lough Leane, the largest of three lakes in Killarney. A beautiful if more remote place to live.
In the west of Ireland, you’ll find Limerick city in county Limerick, on the River Shannon. It’s close to Cork and Galway, with many international companies within commuting distance.
6 Essential Tips for the best time to move to the Republic of Ireland.
Want to have less hassle and stress and save money? Of course, you do!
- Any time of the year is a good year to move, but the facts are that International Moving Companies will be at their busiest in the warmer months and during the school holidays. Logical really, especially if there are children involved, this means prices are higher and waiting times longer.
- Want to really save money? Then choose a month before or after major holidays, a mid-week date and take children out of school.
- Check that your removal date doesn’t coincide with any attractions or festivals in your region.
- Further costs will be incurred if your removal company has to contend with heavy traffic, a hilly region or narrow streets. Check out the route with your removal company. Pick their brains to learn from them!
- Save more money by negotiating with your rental to begin mid-month as opposed to first of the month. You’ll find better prices from your moving company.
- Are there animals to consider? Check out the veterinary requirements, well ahead of the move including whether your pet may suffer from travel anxiety.
Keeping in Touch
Landlines can be expensive, however, mobile phones – with Ireland reportedly having the highest usage per head of population in the whole of Europe is competitive and the way to go. Choose from three networks Vodafone and O2 (covering around 95% of the market) and Meteor. Broadband is common see Money Guide Ireland for the best deals.
Look for work in the Republic of Ireland?
- The first thing you need to know is that Northern Ireland is part of the UK BUT The Republic of Ireland is not. Therefore the Republic of Ireland is completely independent of UK.
- Dublin and Cork in the Republic of Ireland are home to well-known hi-tech companies including Apple. Dell has a large plant and the University is a huge employer.
- Dublin is often seen as the corporate gateway to Europe. Several major pharmaceutical companies have their headquarters in Dublin as well as other large international companies.
- Competition for jobs is tough, check out forums to see how expats have obtained jobs and look at the following links For job listings. Top 1000 Companies in Ireland The Irish Times maintains this list, where job listings are also good.
3 Essential Facts for Moving to the Republic of Ireland
- Warmth and layers as far as clothing is concerned, that way whether it becomes warm or cold you are covered! Yes, there is climate change, and yes it rains in Ireland. And yes it can get you down if you let it. It’s warmer down in the south-west near the Dingle Peninsula. Raingear is vital.
- The people really are lovely – they are genuinely interested in you. Be prepared for lots of conversation and learn how to remove yourself – if you really need to – easily and politely. If not, enjoy the chat it will always be entertaining!
- If someone asks you if you want some craic tonight? Don’t worry we aren’t talking drugs. Craic simply means fun.
Pros and Cons around Renting and Buying in the Republic of Ireland
There is only one month notice so finding a rental is a quick turn around. Potential homes only come onto the market for a very short time. Check on www.daft.ie for estate agents and property listing. Have a clear idea about what you want including the type of property and where you want to live. Tenancy agreements in Ireland are either periodic or fixed term. Periodic doesn’t have a fixed amount of time and is usually an informal agreement. It’s the most common form of tenancy in Ireland, whereas fixed term covers a finite period usually 6months- 12 months.
Buying a home in the Republic of Ireland requires a solicitor. Estate agents do not handle the legal paperwork for buying a property. If financing is required you’ll need a bank account, a good credit record and good income or stable job. A deposit is required which is refundable until the contract is signed.
The only problem in moving to the Republic of Ireland is in your mind!
- Your attitude to be exact – if you go with flexibility in mind and an attitude to fit into a new and different culture, accepting different ways of doing things you’ll be fine.
- Is this your new way of life? Go and do it and find out. Holidays don’t make a place. You’ll need to experience Ireland during the off-season.
- Consider going to a place where other expats convene rather than 100 percent locals. That way you’ve a better chance of becoming part of the community.
- And if you are a person who enjoys doing new and different things you’ll fit in just right wherever you chose to move.
- Do your Research – forums are brilliant. Learn from those who have made the move before you.
- Make a twelve-month plan once you’ve once moved, to discover and explore your new country and attend as many social or cultural events. Be open to socialising with the locals who will respond warmly you may well be relying on them for help with Irish plumbing and renovating in the future! It’s always wise to know a few locals, even if you prefer to keep with other ex-pats.
- As a rule of thumb, it takes six months to attain a semblance of normality in making a move, let alone a move to a different country, so do give a move to Ireland at least a year to acclimatise.
Remember, the only thing standing in your way is your own mind.