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Moving to Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 17, 2023

Summary: Many expats and digital nomads move to Ireland for its high quality of life, excellent healthcare system, and strong economy. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Ireland are Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick. People looking for a place to live in Ireland can search online for rental properties, contact a real estate agent, or look for rental postings on social media.

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What do I need to know before moving to Ireland?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ireland, they said:

"Expatriates moving to Ireland should be aware of the official language, which is English, with some Irish Gaelic also spoken in certain regions. It is important to be aware of the costs of living in Ireland which can be higher than in some other European countries, especially in major cities. Expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs before moving, as well as researching information about local laws and regulations. Additionally, expats should take into account the political and economic climate when making their plans to move to Ireland, in order to ensure a smooth transition. Generally speaking, expats moving to Ireland will find a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and should take advantage of the opportunity to explore the rich culture and stunning landscapes the country has to offer," said one expat in Ireland.

"Renters only have to give one months notice so potential homes won't come onto the market till they are ready (or nearly ready) to be leased. Find out what the different types of houses are like; terraced, semi detached etc. Think about your lifestyle, would you like to be near the beach, a park, the DART (Dublin's main transport system, your office, kids school etc.... Know that Dublin's traffic jams are are really bad and getting worse, a 15 minute journey on a sunday morning can take an hour and a half during the week!The bus system is hopeless, the Dart is more reliable. It's always worth investing time and money on a reconnaissance trip before moving," said one expat who made the move to Dublin.

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About the Author

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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