Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Ireland accepting of differences?
When we asked people about diversity in Ireland and whether locals are accepting of differences, they said...
"Ireland is a relatively diverse and accepting country. There has been a large influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa in the last decade, and this increased diversity has had a positive effect on Ireland's social and cultural landscape. The Irish are generally welcoming and open-minded, especially towards those living in their country. Discrimination on the basis of race, sexual orientation, or gender identity is illegal, and the Irish have been showing an increasing level of support for LGBT rights and marriage equality. In general, the Irish have been embracing the diversification of the population and the positive effects it brings to the country," said another expat in Ireland.
"Tubbercurry is a melting pot of diversity. There are a few residents from the USA, and some of the others we met are from Poland, UK, Africa, other European and Asian countries, and we are very proud that Tubbercurry accepts and welcomes all people, no matter their background, cultural and personal differences. We have restaurants and fast food places that cater to Irish, Mediterranean, Asian, Indian, Italian foods among others. Its not uncommon to find a mixed group of folks laughing over a cuppa in a local gathering place, restaurant, pub, petrol station or just standing on the street for The Craic (chat). A friend told us a ten minute walk to the local grocers can become a two hour adventure for you are sure to meet someone you know along the way. Economically, in our opinion, being on the western side of Ireland is far more economical than for example, Dublin, in the east. Cost of most everything in Tubbercurry, compared to the USA, is roughly 2/3s what it had cost us to live similarly in our prior home in Florida. We chose not to own a car (insurance costs are high but Ireland is addressing that) because bus transportation is lovely and for the over 66 - (and spouse) free (as is train travel)," wrote a member who made the move to Tubbercurry, Ireland.
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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Ireland accepting of differences?If you live in Ireland, newcomers to Ireland would love to hear your answer to this question.
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