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Pros and Cons of Living in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Ireland.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Ireland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Ireland responded:

"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)," said another expat in Ballyconnell.

"Outside of Clifden Galway, it was out in the country with mountains and seascapes, it was what I wanted quiet and nature. I would make a trip to Clifden once and week to do what was needed as far as groceries , or hardwares and would make a day of it which included visits to local restaurants and bars for entertainment. This was very satisfying and met my needs," remarked another expat in Galway.

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What do expats in Ireland appreciate most about the local culture?

"Irish people are friendly enough after they get to know you. Food was relatively cheap and higher quality in some cases than in US. I lived in a 54 individual house development for retired (65) or disabled people less than 65 could also qualify. I was one of the first ones to rent in there," remarked another expat in Enniscorthy.

"Living in the west of Ireland is very different than other areas. Still no traffic lights, street lights, one shop for milk, lottery, solid fuel and petrol. In general everyone is friendly, willing to help, folks call in for tea, bring soup if you're under the weather and life is just much slower, simpler, kinder," explained one expat living in West Clare.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Bureaucracy. Banks, Insurance, documents, learning bus routes and how to deal with rental agents. I had several problems with "owners" and their agents. No room here to tell all the stories. Did not know about need for TV license until neighbors told us after we bought new TV. License does not cost for 65 + but one still needs to get it. Took 4 months," said another person in Enniscorthy.

"Trusting new friends who are bit difficult to get truly close to. Though everyone is always there to smile and be kind. Small villages consist of only a hand full of families who all seem to be related. If you do get it thigh you'll know it. You'll feel it. And you're in for life," remarked another expat in West Clare.

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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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