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adminee
10/16/2020 11:21 EST

Welcome to the Ireland forum. If you're new or have been using the forum a long time, please take a few minutes to introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself and your life abroad. If you're a newcomer and have questions about living in Ireland, post your introduction here and your questions and comments in a new topic.

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Retired2025
1/16/2023 13:23 EST

Hello, I'm Shawn from the Philadelphia area and looking forward to retirement in April, 2025. My parents were from Co Mayo and I currently have 105 1st cousins in Ireland, scattered about but mostly in Mayo. I've been to Ireland at least a dozen times and planning another trip 13/03/23 with my wife of 35 years. I do hold an Irish passport and we are planning on buying a property after my retirement to use for most of the year.

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OllieBolly
1/8/2023 17:42 EST

Living in Los Angeles, relocating to Dublin. Single, 50, creative and with a dog.

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stepps
12/25/2022 09:12 EST

Very glad I found this site! I am a Licensed Vet Tech of 30 years and my husband is a Utility Accountant. We are considering relocating out of the US to either Ireland or Scotland. I have both Scottish and Irish heritage and feel connected to the land and the people. Ireland and Scotland feel far more like home than anywhere else in the world. Dreams can come true.

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stepps
12/25/2022 09:12 EST

Very glad I found this site! I am a Licensed Vet Tech of 30 years and my husband is a Utility Accountant. We are considering relocating out of the US to either Ireland or Scotland. I have both Scottish and Irish heritage and feel connected to the land and the people. Ireland and Scotland feel far more like home than anywhere else in the world. Dreams can come true.

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Aquileros
12/5/2022 07:40 EST

Hello everyone, my name is Aleksandar. I am from Serbia. In february 2023 I should to move in Ireland, Limerick.
I wish to know more about life there and to meet up a new friends and also expats from other countries.

Cheers!

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dalmax
12/3/2022 15:43 EST

I am a senior who has always wanted to visit/live in Ireland. For most of my life, including my working/commuting life, I have lived in more rural areas, often somewhat isolated, and revel in it. In my travels, earlier in life, I most often sought out local culture off the beaten path. As an avocation, I have been a fairly life-long lover and broadcaster of both traditional and contemporary Celtic and Irish music.

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Glenview
10/4/2022 21:52 EST

As a dual citizen of USA and Ireland, senior couple evaluating incentives/disincentives of retirement in Ireland including taxation of U.S. pension and investment income by Ireland.

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GlobalCitizen73
9/20/2022 09:53 EST

German born, travelled in South America after high school, then studied in veterinary medicine in Hannover, Germany and Lyon, France. Master in the US about Mexican Wolves, worked in Germany, USA and Mexico. Left Germany 10 years ago to stay one year in the UK, then 2 years in the US, back to the UK until 2022. I just moved to Ireland 5 months ago.
I love travelling and working abroad, considering myself a global citizen and trying to influence the people around me in a positive way and also learning a lot about myself and life by interaction with others.
I've always made great friends wherever I lived and hope to continue doing the same. There is still so much and so many countries to explore.

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TahoeBoy1981
9/11/2022 05:58 EST

Hello,

We've moved to the New Ross (Co. Wexford) area from North Carolina, USA about two years ago. I'm originally from the BayArea in California, while my wife is from the UK. She is a professional artist (surrealism / realism) and I have started up my own business (IT Consulting Services). In terms of establishing ourselves, we’ve experienced most of what is necessary; e.g. driver’s licenses, PPSN numbers, etc. So far, we very much enjoying living here.

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bluebutterchild
9/7/2022 01:40 EST

I moved from South Africa to Ireland some 20 years ago with three young children. I’ve since lived in three different countries and Ireland remains my favourite. I’m now in the processing of moving back.

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Greenerpastures
8/20/2022 16:44 EST

Living in UK, family come from Ireland and dad lives there. I have four kids and a hubby from London. Just thinking about moving to Galway where my dad lives. In the research phase.

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lifeofadventure
8/18/2022 15:48 EST

Hello, I'm from Chile, and soon will have italian citizenship. Since I already speak English, I'm considering Ireland as a future possible destination to live in. My dream is to make a career in marketing and someday start a business. My main concern is the ability to make friends abroad, since I would leave my friends and family behind.

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AmericaninCork22
8/13/2022 12:57 EST

Moved from the US to Ireland in lare January. Enjoy exploring Ireland on the weekends and seeing all it has to offer, but could not live here long term. Despite speaking the same language, I experienced alot stronger culture shock than expected. Everyone is very polite to your face but the chit chat behind your back is absurd. They are not very direct and find it to be rude if your too direct so you constantly have to be careful with how you talk to people. The weather is very depressing as there's very little change staying at 45-60F and raining majority of the year (once in a while have a few sunny/warmer days in the summer and colder days in the winter).
The quality of food is quite good but there is very little variety outside of typical American/Irish food. Since Ireland is so small, everything feels very "cliquey" here - everyone sticks with the same friend group since childhood and they generally do not want additional friends, especially if your not here permanently. The health system isn't great and the GPs I have seen here do not come anywhere close to the quality of doctors in the US (makes me really appreciate what we have in the US). Also, in addition to the consultation fee, they charge you for EVERYTHING and anytime you would like to communicate with your doctor (even for just one simple question) you have to make an appointment which of course comes along with the 60+eur consultation fee. Public transportation SUCKS and is so incredibly unreliable- you never know if the bus will show up 10 minutes early, 1 hour late or decide not to show up one day and leave you stranded in the pitch black and pouring rain. Also, housing is quite expensive considering the typical salaries they pay here and since they're in a housing crisis, it takes WEEKS to find something. It's one of the most expensive countries to live in, in Europe yet there's so many other European countries with a much better quality of life and at a lower expense.

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Caseyantrim
8/11/2022 22:06 EST

My wife and I are 60-something retirees from the book selling and publishing industry, weary of the devolution of the USA and interested in the adventure of settling abroad. Ireland is the birthplace of my great grandparents. In addition to this family/cultural connection, we are attracted by an English-speaking nation with EU membership. We are starting to plan a scouting trip to Ireland to investigate possible living situations there.

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piet44
8/2/2022 05:23 EST

I am a retired economist wanting to move to Cork to live to the end of time.
I shall not be working but want to contribute something to society with community work etc.
I have traveled all over the world but Ireland is the one.
It is the mixture which is attracting me most, whether its' the people, their songs, the culture, the climate, nature, traditions, the way of life.

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Autotrainrod
7/21/2022 02:34 EST

I have had a taste of Ireland and I want more. I paint and draw and the land is so inspiring. I am retired with a pension.

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Irondog5
7/17/2022 15:26 EST

Hello! I have always thought that once I retire I want to live outside the US. Maybe not permanently, but live somewhere long enough to explore and learn about a country that you can't do on a week's long vacation. Now, that time is on the horizon, 2-4 years away, I want to start my research.

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cispezzia
7/17/2022 15:22 EST

I am Brazilian and we (my husband and I) are looking for a job in Ireland, he is a mechanical engineer and I am a quality technician

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LemmyTigger
7/15/2022 06:02 EST

Hi,
I moved from Ireland age 25, and have lived abroad since. 20+ years later and I’m thinking about returning home.

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NiaK
7/13/2022 17:59 EST

I am currently a school librarian for grades K-5 in the northeast of the US.
I am of Irish descent, and my husband is eligible for citizenship because his mother was born in Ireland. We are just beginning to put things in place to possibly retire in Ireland in the next ten years.
My husband still has relatives in Dublin. We visited together once about 20 years ago, and my husband visited often in the 70s.
We enjoy hiking, and love animals!

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