Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Kenmare, Ireland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Kenmare?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kenmare, they said:
"Kenmare, is a small town located in the south of County Kerry, known for its natural beauty and charm. Before moving to Kenmare, expats should know that the primary language spoken is English, although Irish (Gaelic) is also used by some locals. The cost of living in Kenmare is relatively high compared to other parts of Ireland, particularly when it comes to housing. However, the town offers a high quality of life with its clean environment, low crime rate, and friendly community. Kenmare has a temperate maritime climate, with mild winters and cool summers. Rain is frequent throughout the year, so it's advisable to always carry an umbrella or raincoat. The town is known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, craft shops, and music venues. It also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Kenmare Lace Festival and the Small Roads Theatre Festival. Public transportation in Kenmare is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is small enough to navigate on foot or by bicycle. Healthcare in Ireland is of a high standard, and Kenmare has a local health center. However, it's important for expats to have comprehensive health insurance, as medical costs can be high. The education system in Ireland is well-regarded, and Kenmare has several good schools. However, spaces can be limited, so it's advisable to apply as early as possible. Finally, Kenmare is a popular tourist destination, so it can get busy during the peak summer months. However, this also means there are plenty of amenities, including restaurants, pubs, and shops," said one expat who made the move to Kenmare.
How do I find a place to live in Kenmare?
About the Author
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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