Living in Ireland
For those wanting to move abroad but still have some familiarity then look no further than a short hop across the Irish Sea. Living in Ireland is a great way to start a new life in a new country whilst still managing to have some home comforts.
There is already a large amount of English expats living abroad in Ireland, taking advantage of a more laid back lifestyle and a higher quality of life. With such beautiful scenery, friendly people and vibrant cities it is easy to see why people move to Ireland and love the country as their adopted home.
Culture in Ireland
Although there are several cultural similarities between the UK and Ireland, in reality most things will be different.
One of the things most associated with Ireland is the pub culture. Although it is well known that people in Ireland love to drink, in reality the pub is so much more than that. It is a place where people go to play music, spend time with their families, celebrate birthdays, grieve and socialize.
Another important aspect noticeable in Ireland is how much religion affects things. It affects how laws are written which, in turn, can affect things such as healthcare. Often there are religious undertones in some of the most fundamental things in Ireland and it is important to be sensitive about these beliefs.
Irish people are very open and close knit. Upon moving to Ireland you are likely to find that more people know you than you know. The Irish are naturally inquisitive and like to know who is living in their neighbourhood. This translates to people knowing about big events in your life and often passing comment.
Houses in Ireland
As in England there are a broad variety of houses in Ireland. These range from terraced, to detached, to mansions (or even castles). The house that you choose will depend on budget and circumstance but obviously the most expensive place to live is Dublin by some margin followed by other large cities Cork, Galway and Limerick. As a whole the property market is slightly more expensive in Ireland than in the UK, rent prices are estimated at 15% on The Emerald Isle.
When it comes to buying a house one of the most important things to bear in mind that the global recession hit Ireland very hard. This means that it is very hard to secure a mortgage in Ireland, often even if you have a good credit rating.
In order to buy a house you must go through a solicitor in order to make the contract, this also tends to include the fine print in the contract such as whether or not fixtures and fittings are included in the price.
A deposit for a house in Ireland tends to be around 3% of the total price of the property.
Renting in Ireland is also quite expensive, in Dublin the average property costs €1,200 pcm. Across the whole country average rents range between €750 – €900. Details of properties to let can be found in newspapers as well as on designated websites. There are accommodation agencies in Dublin and the other main cities and towns that help in the property hunt.
There are two options when it comes to rental contracts: fixed term of periodic. Periodic contracts are for an indefinite amount of time and are based on an informal oral agreement whereas short terms contracts tend to last from 6 months to a year.
Daily cost of living in Ireland
Generally speaking the cost of living in Ireland is marginally more than in England. As we have already seen property prices are on average 15% higher than in the UK. Generally speaking consumer prices are 6% more than in the UK and grocery prices are 8% more! This can add up to a significant amount over a long period of time. It must also be said that currently the pound is very weak and in recent memory the price of living in Ireland was comparable to the UK.
Important things to keep in mind
Although relations between the two countries are peaceful now there should be some cultural sensitivity when it comes to talking about Anglo-Irish relations. Even in recent history there have been incidents between the countries so, although most Irish are very friendly, it is important to know about the relationship between the countries and how people feel about it currently.
Do you want a bit more information for your move to Ireland? Then look no further than our moving to Ireland page.