At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Ireland and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Expats in Dublin
A Facebook group created for expats living and working in Dublin. More than 12,000 members share their experiences, exchange ideas and offer recommendations. Everything from places to visit, shop and socialise; you’ll also find job and accommodation postings. This is a great group to join if you’re looking to discover more about Dublin and Irish culture. The group also aims to organise an in-person event once a month.
Americans Living in Ireland
One for Americans living in Ireland who might be feeling a little ‘lost among the shamrocks.’ Members support fellow members of the American expat community while they are integrating into community life in Ireland. They network, advise, listen and share their own experiences. Join to connect with those who may be experiencing similar struggles, and have wisdom to share.
South Africans in Ireland
If you’re relocating to – or already in – Ireland and want to connect with others from your homeland, then be sure to join this group. Members are encouraged to share virtually anything of interest – from the mundane to the thought provoking and funny. Healthy debates and discussions abound, and it’s a great community to go to with your questions. Be they about working and visas, settling in or ways to feel less ‘foreign’ as a South African in Ireland.
Dublin Girl Gone International
This is a vibrant non-profit international community of female globe hoppers who are living, working, travelling or studying abroad. The Dublin ‘GGI’ group is primarily for expat women in Dublin, however ladies who live outside the city and Irish women who love to travel are also welcome. The group holds at least one event a month, and provides a fun support network for newcomers and those looking for like-minded local friends.
Becky in Dublin
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Becky is an American expat in Ireland. Her husband works in tech, she writes steamy romance novels. She’s all about whiskey, beer, rugby and travel. The self-confessed Twitter and Instagram addict posts about her day-to-day life, with a bit of politics talk thrown in. Fellow rugby fans will enjoy her regular game day photos, there’s plenty of beer shots and you won’t be short of travel inspiration as the couple frequently take short breaks to other European cities.
Bea in Ireland
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‘Serial expat’ Beatriz is an American-Chilean who moved to Ireland after a long stint in Italy. She posts life updates and boldly expresses her political views, often commenting on happenings back in the USA. Back into writing after taking a break, Beatriz is a good one to follow on social if you’re looking for information about moving to Ireland, owning and running a business there, house hunting or planning a wedding in the country. And if you’re struggling with cultural nuances you’ll find a kindred spirit in Beatriz.
Buy, Swap and Sell in Killarney
With more than 13,000 members this is a useful group to join if you’re settling in the Killarney area of Ireland. Whether you want to get rid of your own unwanted items, or are looking for something yourself, there’s a huge variety of goods from people around Killarney, and you can post ‘wanted’ ads too. The usual ‘play nice’ rules apply, and no business listings or pet trading is permitted.
GirlCrew Dublin Mums
A spinoff of the popular GirlCrew Facebook groups, this one is focused on bringing together mums in Dublin. Child-minders and nannies are also welcomed and can connect with those mums also looking for minders. The group arranges activities with their kids and is a positive, supportive community for local and expat mums alike.
Jobs in Ireland
A good page to ‘like’ if you’ve just moved to Ireland and need to hit the ground running with your job search. Jobs In Ireland classes itself as a non-profit page to raise money for Irish charity while offering a free service to employers, to connect with job seekers. The page itself shares job postings from many other sources, and suggests key employment sites to visit. Job listing are also posted by other visitors – everything from hospitality to recruitment work and more.
GirlCrew Dublin Guys and Girls
A spin-off of the popular GirlCrew Facebook groups. This one is for both girls and guys, and provides a platform for members to arrange fun nights out and form friendships with others in Dublin. Members are typically from all over the world interested in just meeting up to hang out, whether it’s for gigs, coffees, nights out dancing, workouts or dining etc.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living in Ireland on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!