Ireland: Relocating from USA with pets:
I recently moved from Seattle to Dublin this past November and brought my 8-year-old weimaraner with me (about the same size as a golden.)
I found the pet relocation process an absolute horror (at least in cost!) because Ireland requires that you use a pet relocation company - you cannot book airfare for the pet directly yourself. That said, I'd negotiate that cost into your relocation package.
As for rentals, daft is the site I used. It seemed that landlords were more interested in having secured employment and how many people would reside that than pets. But I ended up finding renting with pets that same as I have in any other city. You will not get a big yard, but there are tons of open park areas for walking/running.
Ireland: Relocating to Dublin from US:
I have just relocated myself. I found housing, a tax expert, and have gone through the immigration process over the last 2 months (I even relocated a large dog!) It's a fairly simple process overall. What city in the US are you moving from? I moved from Seattle and despite horrible reports regarding housing here, it's a much friendlier market in Seattle and my cost of living has gone down.
Ireland: Moving to Dublin -- what banks have you been satisfied with?:
I have just moved to Dublin (yesterday!) and worked with Bank of Ireland before I moved to set up an account using my US address. This is a pilot program they have to help future movers be prepared in advance. They've been incredible to work with!
As for the fees, this was the worst part of overall banking for me in Ireland. There are no free accounts, but there are exceptions like a minimum balance that can waive many of them. I'd suggest comparing using this site: https://www.bonkers.ie/compare-current-accounts/
Lastly, I would suggest using a foreign exchange site to transfer funds via ACH payment. It clears your transfer within 3-5 days (much faster than anything else) and your limit is MUCH higher than an ATM withdrawl (I used the ATM method you described when I lived in Spain for a year...it was arduous.) The site I use for money transfer is HiFX. it's amazing. Let me know if you have any questions!
Ireland: Pet transport company:
Hello! I am moving to Dublin in November (from Seattle) and will be bringing my weimaraner dog with me. Ireland requires a pet transport company to be the facilitators of dogs entering the country.
I am having a very hard time finding a company that has any measure of positive customer service. Has anybody done this recently? If so, with which company and would you recommend them? Thank you!
Ireland: Which Visa? Intra-company or Critical Skills:
I will be transferring to Dublin in October/November of this year and want to get some advice on what might be a better permit to have - Critical Skills (where I'd be an Ireland employee) or an Intra-company transfer (where I'd remain a US employee and be paid from the US.) I'm mostly interested in challenges that relate to taxation, health care, and general finances. Thank you!!