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billmiller54 replied to the thread Scholarship on the Ireland forum on May 02, 2015:
emilymoesewco initially posted:
I just got a full scholarship to a new master's program. I need to figure out if I can accept it by the end of May. Mostly I'm posting this because I can't believe I actually got it.
billmiller54 replied on May 02, 2015 with:
Don't apologize. I was 55 when I got my MBA.
emilymoesewco replied on May 02, 2015 with:
Here's the thing, I'm not exactly young! I'm 44 and already have a master's in piano performance and pedagogy. This one is a multidisciplinary thing for "creative impact". Hard to explain exactly. I'm going to study issues in rural music education. And learn to conduct. if you're curious. I'll be studying in Cork, Limerick and hopefully for a bit in the Burren.
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10 Tips for Living in Ireland by Betsy Burlingame
Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Expats living in Ireland say that the transition from tourist to expat is not as easy as one would think -- from challenges making friends with the Irish to the rainy, gloomy weather. Expats who make the effort and take their time are rewarded with life-long Irish friends and a love of Ireland. (Continue)
Mellis5910 replied most recently with:
Thanks, helpful information, I don't think I'll have much trouble adapting, as I'm from an Irish family but my husband will definitely benefit from hearing it put so succinctly. :)
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dave8408e replied to the thread Wishing to move to Ireland. on the Ireland forum on May 01, 2015:
franciscan initially posted:
I am an American who is 100% service connected disabled (permanent and total) Between my Social Security Disability, and VA Disability, I earn tax-free $48,000 a year. I am singe and will be moving alone and bring not much but my clothing and heirloom items...pretty much what can be checked on a plane. Is it even remotely feasible to live comfortably in Ireland for me? I am accustomed to paying $850 US a month for my two bedroom house...and would wish to rent in Ireland as well. I am 50 years old presently. Thank you in advance for any feedback!
dave8408e replied on May 01, 2015 with:
I think a lot depends on the level of health care you'll need in Ireland, and/or your ability to travel (back to the States, if necessary) for medical care. Now, 48K is PLENTY in my book, but have you looked at Irish Immigration's web pages lately? BURIED in the website, there's a new clause as of around 10/14 where they want us to have EURO 50K a year in income, plus savings, which even my local INIS (Garda) representative was surprised to hear about and agreed it's a ridiculous sum to require. Beyond that, living here is a dream come true... and bring a sense of humour.
Mellis5910 replied on April 24, 2015 with:
Hi Franciscan, Your cost of living in Ireland will depend a great deal upon where you choose to live and your expectations and tastes. For instance, my research shows that rentals outside of major cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway are significantly cheaper than renting in major metro areas. You would want to be near transportation and medical facilities, however. Being too far out in the country would be terribly inconvenient, I think. I don't know how much your disability requires as far as medical care goes, but it would be worth checking into services available and costs in different regions. Another consideration--are you sure you will be able to stay in Ireland--are you a citizen? I think it likely that your income would be perfectly adequate, however I do not know the details of your situation, so it is up to you to decide, as you know all the facts. I would recommend as a place to browse for rentals, it has tons of information and can give you a good sense of what is available. Best of luck to you. Melissa
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zajom replied to the thread USA Social Security on the Ireland forum:
mover01 initially posted:
Hi all, I have been in Ireland now two years and next June I am entitled to claim my social security. I understand all about the bilateral agreement and that I can contact dublin embassy, I just was wondering if anyone else had completed this process while in Ireland and how it went for them. I figured I'd start process after Christmas for my June 2015 birthday of 62. thanks for any and all help
zajom replied on April 20, 2015 with:
Just to follow up on this, I applied on line and then SS contacted me to confirm my bank details here in Ireland. All set to start receiving benefits in June which will go into my BOI acct. via direct deposit.
Anne123 replied on February 19, 2015 with:
Thanks Bill.
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liamoc replied to the thread Different strategy for moving pets on the Ireland forum:
RussReynolds initially posted:
Seems like moving your pets from North America to Ireland is quite expensive. Is there any reason why the following wouldn't work... First, get everything needed (microchips etc) for the pets to be eligible for an EU passport. Then, instead of flying the pets in cargo (which seems to be the expensive part), find an airline that will allow in checked baggage for only $100 each or so. Fly to France. Rent a car to get to the Ferry that will bring you Ireland. Book your pets on the Ferry @ 30-60 Euros each depending on the size. For me... - 3 animals on flight = $300USD - Ferry = 120 Euros - ~ $130 USD - Hotel for one night ~ $150 - Car Rental one day ~ $100 Total is approximately $680 which is a heck of a lot cheaper than flying them in cargo directly to Ireland. Anybody think of any reason this wouldn't work?
liamoc replied most recently with:
Russ When flying to Ireland from the US direct, with my dog in cargo, I had no alternative but to use a pet shipping company. If this is dictated to you by the airline you plan on using, then get ready for a significant cost increase. I quoted the numbers exactly on my site, but I think the quotes I received were in the region of $2000-$4000 for a small dog. You could deduct your cargo estimate from this however.
RussReynolds replied most recently with:
Thank you for the replies guys. And Liam...great site. I just wanted to confirm one piece of the puzzle... The government of Ireland has confirmed to me that I may bring the pets into Ireland by ferry if I am coming from another EU destination first (even if I am Canadian and so are the pets). Now to ensure I can fly into France with 2 cats in cabin (which will save some money) and the dog in cargo. All the same vet rules apply of course so those costs don't change. My original estimate will be higher however since I did not account for the dog having to go Cargo. Here is my new estimate: - 2 animals on flight = $200USD - 1 animal in cargo = $750USD - Ferry = 120 Euros - ~ $130 USD - Hotel for one night ~ $150 - Car Rental one day ~ $100 Total of $1,330USD. Still cheaper than brining all pets in cargo plus my wife is happy the cats can ride in cabin with us (they are older and she worries about them). I'll update this as I learn more so others can see if this is a viable option for them or not.
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liamoc replied to the thread American expat communities on the Ireland forum:
grace1 initially posted:
New to the forum, planning to retire temporarily or permanently to Ireland. Are there areas with American expats, i.e. "communities?"
liamoc replied most recently with:
Hi Grace There are a number of expat groups on Facebook that might get you started. You can search for yourself and here's one to get you started
grace1 replied most recently with:
Thanks, DFA.
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TheMcGraws posted Knife Laws on the Ireland forum:
I searched and looked at the relevant laws - but I still can't find an answer - Is it legal to have a "flick knife" at home? I understand it is illegal to carry any knife in public, but from what I can read it is legal to own knives, and have one with you for legitimate purposes - for work, outdoor activities and such, and one can have knives at home. I see that flick knives are prohibited but it only says in public. Also, what is the legal length allowed for knives at home? I ask because we plan to immigrate soon and I want to divest of anything prohibited -
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