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Clonakilty, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 14, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Clonakilty, 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 about living in Clonakilty?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Clonakilty should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, Ireland has a high cost of living, particularly in terms of housing and healthcare, so it's important to have a solid financial plan in place. The weather in Clonakilty is typically mild, but it can be quite rainy, so be prepared for a lot of indoor activities. English is the primary language spoken in Clonakilty, making it easier for English-speaking expats to settle in. The town is known for its friendly and welcoming community, which can make the transition easier for newcomers. Healthcare in Ireland is of a high standard, but it's important to understand the system. Public healthcare is available, but there can be long waiting times for certain treatments. Many residents opt for private healthcare, which can be expensive. Clonakilty is a small town, so while it offers peace and tranquility, it may not provide the same level of entertainment and amenities as a larger city. However, it is known for its vibrant music scene and hosts several festivals throughout the year. Public transportation in Clonakilty is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town is quite walkable and cycling is also a popular mode of transportation. Ireland has a double taxation agreement with many countries, so it's important to understand how this may affect your income in retirement. Finally, while Ireland is generally a safe country, it's always important to take standard precautions and secure appropriate home and personal safety measures," remarked one expat who made the move to Clonakilty.

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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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