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on the Ireland forum on September 01, 2014:
We are not quite ready yet but are very interested in ireland. My husband has the right to citizenship through his grandparents. I can get into the EU through my mother that was born in Greece but would rather do that later . He has rights through being a descendant. just wondering what we should do first
Does anyone have advice on how to apply for Irish Citizenship while residing in the US and a US citizen?
While my great grandparents(fathers side) were Irish citizens and moved to the US, apparently my father would have needed to become a Irish Citizen for me to easily become one now. He did not.
replied on August 31, 2014 with:
Definitely get BOTH citizenships first if at all possible. Do as much footwork as you can from home. Also, do your research online beforehand as to the area you would like to live in and then visit it for a couple or weeks. Much will depend on whether or not you will need employment as jobs are hard to come by just now.
replied to the thread Shipping furniture to Ireland
on the Ireland forum:
I am moving with my husband and 3 kids to Ireland this summer and trying to figure out if it's worth shipping our furniture. This is a permanent move, and while I like our furniture, it's not super expensive stuff, so just wondering if it's worth it. Still calling around for prices. Any advice from anyone who has shipped furniture, etc. from the US to Ireland? Did you have to deal with duty taxes for the furniture you shipped?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
I believe I'll take pictures and write on each box what's in it.
Also, think I'll get some referrals from the Irish Embassy to screen out the fly-by-night shippers.
I will tell you this, what ever you ship, with who ever you ship, make sure you write down a complete inventory of your stuff. We finally got our shipment, they lost loads of our stuff. When the agent did our survey he told us that if we allowed them to pack things, then they'd be covered for breakage under the insurance. NOT TRUE. We only claimed a few big ticket items we knew would cost to repair or replace......they refused to cover anything because we didn't list it on the insurance paper. So if I were you, I'd start writing.
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I found the above member name PURPLEPIG.IE on a FaceBook page for group called (~~~ Expat in Ireland ~~~) evidently they rent homes to people with idea purchasing them later just like in USA Just type Ireland in Fb search to get find it. I do not Know where the homes are located as I have not joined the group ( it is a Open Group.)
I couldn't either, but I have accessed it in the past/
THAT IS ACCURATE. I TRIED TO FIND IT ALSO AND COULD NOT.
replied to the thread Fiber optic cabling tech
on the Ireland forum:
I've seen a lot IT jobs posted for Ireland. However, none of them are for fiber optic cabling. Is it not used in Ireland or am I looking the wrong way? I have to think at least the telcos and video providers use fiber.
Telco has subcontracted all it's work out to small companies. There is only one video company and it's a dish type company called Skye, while there appear to be a lot of IT jobs....when I've applied, I've gotten....this is a very junior position, the employers are afraid you'll get bored and go elsewhere. I've had two interviews with Google, but because I could perform Linux in my sleep, they didn't want me, and that was for a hardware position for racking and stacking. The rest I either don't hear from again or I get the you're over qualified for this position. Not sure if over qualified is Irish for you're older than what we're looking for or not. I've been looking for over 6 months now. I've even looked for jobs outside IT, I couldn't get a job with Aldi because I have more than one brain cell and they're looking for people that don't think for themselves. (this was said to me by their recruiter) I couldn't get a job as a security guard because you have to have several certificates that no one seems to offer. Hell you can't even get a job as a ditch digger here because you have to have safety certificates and a few others..... to answer your question, there is some fiber optics in use here, mostly in a few data centers, but for the most part....you don't see anyone looking for a fiber optic tech.
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on the Ireland forum on August 28, 2014:
replied to the thread Irish shippers
on the Ireland forum on August 28, 2014:
Hello, it is with heavy heart that we've had to make the decision after 6 months here in Ireland to move back to the states. Not something I really wanted, but there appears to be NO jobs here that I'm not over qualified for. So I'm not sure if that's just an Irish way of saying you're too old....either way we're looking for anyone who has some experience with shippers from Ireland to States? Thanks
replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Hi Tom, I understand, I have now been in Ireland for two years and can honestly say I have hated it for many reasons that I won't go into. The best company I used to get to Ireland was SOS shippers, I really like Tony Cavaliere, if you call him tell him Kate Mackey recommended him. I needed to get a copy of paperwork last year from him and just asked if he could arrange a move back he said sure. So, you can use the people who brought you originally they all liason between the countries. i loved SOS, they were terrific.
Glad I could offer some help. While Ireland has been a fantastic experience, it has made me quite aware of things that you won't hear or see on any tourist board. I just wish I'd put my stuff in storage instead of shipping it. Right now we're in limbo, I'm waiting on job interviews in the states and can't give movers even a general area to get quotes, we may just have to sell everything we brought with us and just take our suitcases. If I had it to do over again, I'd have taken some time off from work, taken a trip over here for a few months and then make the decision on if we wanted to live here. I can safely say, we'd been back in the states within 3 months. Good luck to those that are moving here, good luck to those that are already here. Ireland, it turns out just isn't for me and my family.
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It is looking like I will have to move home to Dublin after 10 years in the US as my elder father has recently become very ill.
My partner is also from Ireland and is a qualified Welder or Iron Worker in America and runs most of the jobs that he is on as the Foreman.
He is convinced that there is no work for Welders in Ireland. Could anyone update me on the current situation and the average salary for an experienced welder? Maybe he is correct but any information would be much appreciated.
Thank you for that information. Best of luck!
I found 2 welders jobs in Dublin. Not only is the job market small, but there are a lot of certifications one must have before you can get hired. Safe Pass is one, I'm sure welding has at least one or two that you must have. We've been here for a little over 4 months, I've been going on job interviews since we got here and have yet to obtain a job offer. On a brighter side, I know a lot of jobs aren't posted online, you just have to hit the bricks and go in person looking for work. There's a lot of construction going on in Dublin, I can't believe they couldn't use an experienced welder. Good luck.
replied to the thread Retiring in Ireland
on the Ireland forum:
I would really appreciate it if somebody could direct me to the best place on this site for info on a retired teacher from the USA relocating to Ireland. I'm 67 years old, and will be supporting myself on the teacher's pension and small SS benefits I receive each week.
There is also the possibility that I will be getting married next year to an Irish citizen, then applying for dual citizenship.
My primary questions involve things such as health insurance and receiving my retirement through direct deposit to an Irish bank, after I've opened an account.
I'm sure there are other retired Americans who live in Ireland, so this post is directed at you, or anybody else with knowledge in these affairs. Thanks so much for any help you might be able to provide.
While not retired, I can tell you about the health insurance. Health insurance is expensive, there is a waiting period to use it for doctors visits for my age (55) it's 52 weeks, for your age, it's a full year I believe. You can use it for emergency's and accidents. Medicine is not covered by insurance period. Preexisting medical problems have a waiting period of over 5 years. This is Irish health insurance. I checked into American insurance but it was going to give about the same coverage but for about 5,000 - 6,000 times more money, yes that's right, not a misprint, the average cost for my family was going to be 6 - 7 k a year. We just paid 1040e for a year. As far as retiring here, if your fiance is willing to sponsor you, then I'd apply for my visa now, go to the embassy for help or have her do the leg work here. It takes a while to get it approved. My wife is from England so I was able to submit as a spouse of an EU member. If you're planning on working you have to also get a stamp 4, and you also have to get a pps number. I plan on double dipping when I hit retirement age, I can draw american ss as well as irish old age pension and then any retirement plan I get from employer. SS should deposit the check without a problem, it might take a few days for the bank to release the funds, and you're monthly income will vary depending on the exchange rate. Good luck