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Pros and Cons of Living in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 05, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Ireland include its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and vibrant culture. Ireland is also known for its excellent education system and its strong economy. Additionally, the country is known for its low crime rate and its high quality of life. The cons of living in Ireland include its high cost of living, especially in the larger cities. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable and the country is known for its frequent rain. Furthermore, the country is relatively small, so there are limited job opportunities and career paths.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Ireland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Ireland responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of Ireland. They also enjoy the country's stunning natural beauty, with its rolling hills, lush green landscapes, and rugged coastline. Additionally, the country's vibrant culture, with its traditional music, literature, and art, is a major draw for many expats. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Ireland to be quite high, particularly in the larger cities. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable, with frequent rain and cold temperatures," wrote one expat in Ireland.

"When we explored our new home country, taking pictures of all we found so incredibly beautiful we realized the area where we finally settled was our most photogenic. When we explored going from rental property in our first residence to purchasing elsewhere we found a tremendously beautiful condominium on the river available and affordable. We have lived in our purchased place for almost two of the five years in country and have absolutely no dislikes. We can walk beautiful nature trails along the river, walk to all amenities the town offers such as restaurants, pubs, takeaway, grocers and pharmacies, banks, varied shops. Most days we watch dozens of species of wild birds flock to our feeders, our views include, deer, cattle, sheep and numerous heritage boats and sports craft going by. Every person we see has a smile and a wave and simple short walks to town often evolve into lengthy good conversations (the Craic)," explained one expat living in Ballyconnell.

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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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