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Living in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 13, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Ireland is 4.9 million people. The largest cities in Ireland are Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford. Expats love living in Ireland for its friendly people, beautiful scenery, and vibrant culture. People describe life in Ireland as relaxed, laid-back, and full of opportunities. Traditional Irish foods are popular in Ireland, such as Irish stew, colcannon, and soda bread. Fish and chips, curry, and Chinese food are also popular. The cons of living in Ireland include the high cost of living, the unpredictable weather, and the lack of job opportunities. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 to $3,500 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. This includes rent, food, transportation, and entertainment.

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What do I need to know about living in Ireland?

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

"Make sure your US TV is PALS accessible before bringing it. We were told by electronic company in US we could convert but we can't(TV is too old-bought it in 2003). I would have brought more DVD's to watch as cable movie channel is expensive. But also have to have something to play it on as the DVD system here is regional. Told not to bring snow shovel...but need a scraper for car. First big snow in years I am told. Bring transformers if bringing any US electrical. Have been told it will blow up, but so far so good. Just remember things are cheaper in US than here. I think a huge piece is whether you are moving temporairily or permanently," explained one expat living in Crosshaven, Ireland.

"browse the irish press for a while, to get a feel for the place. www.ireland.com and www.unison.ie are good sources. Also www.ul.ie is a good site to keep an eye on," said one expat in Limerick.

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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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