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Killarney, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Killarney, Ireland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Killarney?

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

"Killarney is a small town in County Kerry, Ireland, known for its stunning natural beauty, including lakes, mountains, and national parks. The cost of living in Killarney is relatively high compared to other parts of Ireland, particularly when it comes to housing. The town is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during the peak tourist season. English is the primary language spoken in Killarney, but you'll also hear Irish, particularly in the schools where it is a compulsory subject. The town has a strong sense of community and local culture, with traditional Irish music and dance being a significant part of local life. The weather in Killarney is typically mild but can be unpredictable, with rain being a common occurrence throughout the year. Winters can be cold, but snow is rare. Public transportation in Killarney is reliable, with regular bus and train services connecting the town to other parts of Ireland. However, having a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Healthcare in Ireland is of a high standard, and Killarney has several medical centers and a hospital. However, it's important to note that while emergency care is free, most other healthcare services are not, so health insurance is recommended. Killarney has a range of educational options, including primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions. The education system in Ireland is considered to be of a high standard. The job market in Killarney is somewhat limited due to the town's small size. The main industries are tourism, agriculture, and retail. However, there are also opportunities in sectors like healthcare, education, and public administration. Killarney is a safe town with a low crime rate. However, like any place, it's always important to take basic safety precautions, particularly at night. Finally, Killarney is a friendly and welcoming town with a relaxed pace of life. It's a great place for expats who enjoy outdoor activities and want to experience traditional Irish culture," commented one expat who made the move to Killarney.

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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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