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How Does Expat Life In Ireland Differ From Visiting?

Who hasn’t, over the course of an idyllic holiday, allowed themselves to slip into a fantasy about starting a new life in the beautiful country you are visiting? You drift through the cobbled streets and down to the river, dreamily imagining what it would be like to leave your regular life behind and create a new beginning.    more ...

Choosing Your Child's School In Dublin: A Guide For Expat Parents

Navigating the school system of a new country can be daunting and put a lot of pressure on expat parents to find the best fit for their child both personally and in terms of getting the best education possible to help those children succeed. For many expat families, the question of where their children will go to school is one of the most important factors to consider in their move.    more ...

Dublin: What To Know Before You Arrive

The largest city in Ireland, Dublin is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for both tourists and expats. Life in Dublin is high-spirited, fulfilling, and modern. However, life in the city can get a bit confusing if you are not used to the Irish way of life! As the capital of Ireland, Dublin has a rich heritage, and at the same time is a contemporary, fashionable location.    more ...

Six Scenic Train Trips You Can Take From Dublin

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Today Dublin, the capital of and largest city in Ireland, serves as a corporate gateway to the rest of Europe. Its booming IT industry attracts expats from different parts of the world, especially the United States and Europe. Lucrative jobs are also available in the many major pharmaceutical companies that have set up headquarters or manufacturing offices in the city. Living in the capital city can be expensive, and accommodation is difficult to ...    more ...

9 Reasons Why Moving To Ireland Will Make Your Life Better

There are many reasons why expats should consider moving to Ireland. They’re thinking about the move not just because the economy is picking up once more but also because it’s a great expat destination.

Indeed, Ireland always ranks well in various expat surveys and consultants ECA International ranks Dublin as the world's second best city for US expats to live in.    more ...

Ten Resources For Expats Who Want To Learn Irish Gaelic

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Every year, in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, there’s a two-week festival called Seachtain na Gaeilge, meaning ‘Irish Language Week’, which celebrates and promotes the Irish language around the country and the world. It’s a great way to celebrate this beautiful language that is unfortunately little used even in its home country.    more ...

Why Moving To Ireland Will (Probably) Make You Happier

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Mention Ireland, and the associations that come to mind will almost certainly be positive – Irish music, both modern and traditional, Irish whiskey, Guinness, the Gaelic language, the Irish accent, Irish literature, and plenty more. Even the more unpleasant associations tend to be filtered through the lens of cinema or nostalgia.

Fortunately, it turns out that the reality lives up to these associations. The recent World Happiness Report pub ...    more ...

Where to Live in Dublin - A Guide for Expat Professionals

Dublin, the most populous city in Ireland, has attained more and more of an international character as this century has progressed, now being listed as an "Alpha-" city in the prestigious rankings of the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Though unlikely to ever reach the "Alpha ++" plateau that is lorded over by New York City and London alone, Dublin remains firmly within the top 30 of the world's most internationally oriented citi ...    more ...

The Celtic Tiger Economy - Signs of a Re-Emergence?

During a period spanning roughly 1995 to 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, Ireland experienced a period of unprecedented economic growth. This was seen as being due to a convergence of different factors including a low corporate taxation rate, the local establishment of branches of major technological companies (e.g. Intel, Microsoft), and an increased capacity for production that itself was attributed to the receipt of European Uni ...    more ...