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An Expat Talks about Living in Dublin, Ireland

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Temple Bar District in Dublin at Night

One expat in Dublin appreciates that locals have a good balance of family life and socializing and that people are very accepting of other cultures.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Dublin

How long have you lived there?

9 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

meetup.com has great groups (organized by interests) that get together often. Also, if you're living in Dublin alone, don't be afraid to go out to the pub or out to eat on your own. I'm a major introvert, so pushing myself to actually go sit at a pub alone, with people potentially judging me, was very daunting. But you know what, 4 different people came up and started conversations with me. The 2nd time I did it, I met the guy who is now my boyfriend of six months, and acquired a great group of friends.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The Irish are very accepting of other cultures. You'll hear some people complain about the loud, obnoxious groups of Spanish tourists, or the taxi drivers of other nationalities, but for the most part, in my experience they are very tolerant.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

IT is big here. Google has its EU headquarters here, and Yahoo has a base here as well.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Family life is big. I love to see all the families out on the weekend spending time together in the parks or the sea front (weather providing). Socialising is a big thing as well, and there seems to be a healthy balance between the two. Often times, you'll see kids with their parents in the pub, which still seems so strange to me.

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