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10 Tips for Living in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

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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.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Comments

Mellis5910
May 1, 2015 16:26

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. :)

blankk
Jun 17, 2015 12:08

My biggest piece of advice to people visiting or moving to Ireland is not to listen to the grumbling about the weather. Yes, Ireland is far north of the US, and the winter days are much shorter, and yes, there is a little rain most days. But there is also sunshine almost every day, and in the summers, the sunshine is direct for a lot of hours. I wear SPF15 fall & spring and SPF30 in the summer, and I still get a lot of color and the occasional burn. Tourists stop me every summer to ask where they can buy tshirts and shorts because they didn't bother to pack summer clothes. After a couple of years here, I left 9-to-5 work and started freelancing, because there are just too many nice days, all year round. Now I work when it rains, and pack as much work as I can into winter mornings and evenings, so I can go out and take advantage of all of the good weather here. People love to complain about "gloomy Irish weather", but it's simply what people think because it's what they've been trained to think.

heartsinireland
Sep 19, 2016 14:39

I found living in Ireland to be the easiest thing I've ever done in my life. I went there as a retiree, single, and knowing only a few folks. I never had the slightest problem meeting people or making friends. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Living somewhere like Dublin City is probably quite different than living in rural Ireland, though - costs alone would make your head spin! I lived in Kerry and every day of nearly 3 years was a delight!

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Ireland GuideIreland Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in Ireland.

Ireland Forum Ireland Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Ireland on our Ireland forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Ireland Index Ireland Index
An index of all of our site's Ireland information.

Contribute to Ireland Network Contribute
Help others in Ireland by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Ireland.

Expat Healthcare Advice in IrelandHealthcare & Health Insurance in Ireland

Expats in Ireland offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Ireland.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in IrelandMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Ireland

Expats in Ireland offer advice about healthcare in Ireland.

Best Places to Live in Ireland Best Places to Live in Ireland

Expats in Ireland have a lot of options when they consider where they would like to live on the Emerald Isle. From great cities like Dublin and Galway, to more rustic areas such as Killarney, this is a good start for expats looking to explore where they will be happiest in Ireland.

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Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in Ireland.

Guide to Real Estate in IrelandGuide to Real Estate in Ireland

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in Ireland.

Pros Cons of Living in IrelandPros & Cons of Living in Ireland

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