Retire in Dalkey, Ireland

Retire in Dalkey, Ireland

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Dalkey Ireland is a seaside suburb just south of the city of Dublin.  The Vikings settled here in the middle ages and the town was born.  Now its a thriving beach town and escape from Dublin.  Locals have included Bono, Van Morrison and Maeve Binchy.    The town is actually named after Dalkey Island which sits just offshore.

If you plan to retire in Dalkey, Ireland or just stay for an extended period, there is plenty to do with a Medieval Fair and the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center.   You can sign up for a show with professional actors who bring fun to living history as part of the guided tour.  Let them take you back to another time to see what life was like and hear their stories.   Tours run most every day and are fun for the whole family.   The script changes a bit at the holidays to include Santa.  You have to visit Biddy’s Cottage for an evening of storytelling and learn about the history of the area and Ireland in General.  What a treasure!

Just up the road is the National Maritime Museum of Ireland and the James Joyce Tower and museum.  The area has golf courses, parks, the beach, and of course, the busy town of Dublin is a short trip away.  Nearby Dublin is a college town with a huge population of non-Irish from all over Europe.   This has its good parts and bad parts, but if you expected Dublin to be like the villages, you will be disappointed. 

We love towns that sit on the outskirts of the big cities and Dalkey is just perfect.   Close enough to enjoy all Dublin has to offer culturally with festivals, attractions, museums and events – but far enough away to be in a small place where you can meet your neighbors and get away from the traffic and noise.

The rents in Dalkey are a little high at $1,300 US for a one bedroom flat.  This is a tourist area and the rents reflect a holiday trade.  If you plan to retire in Dalkey, Ireland, or just come for a couple of months – make sure you find a real estate agent that specializes in the kind of property you need. 

There is a big airport in Dublin that serves many US cities.  The crime rate in Dalkey is lower than Dublin – which is about average for cities in Europe. 

The weather in the Dublin/Dalkey area is mild.    It occasionally snows in the winter – but not often, and gets hot in the summer, but not too hot.   Throughout May and June, the area remains sunny.   This is Ireland, after all, and you can expect rain most anytime!

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Michael is a retired, single, world traveler who enjoys being outdoors, a good pint of beer or glass of wine, and museums.