Ahhhhh.  Ireland!   The Emerald Isle.  An amazing landscape with vibrant green hills, ancient sites with cairns and standing stones, cobblestone streets leading to welcoming pubs,  tiny little islands, nooks and crannies.  

This isn’t a place you can do in a day, week or month.   To really experience the magic of Ireland, you need to stay awhile and get to know the place and people. More than 34 million Americans claim Irish descent which is why so many visit to get back to their roots.  Genealogy is a huge industry in Ireland, as is tourism, and there are lots of resources to help us along the way.

If you decide you’d like to stay awhile there are a few things you should know.  If you, your parents, or grandparents were born in Ireland you may be eligible to become an Irish citizen.   You can just put down roots for 3 months with only your Passport.   If you’d like to stay longer (who wouldn’t?) you can register with the government for “permission to remain.”   You will need your passport, bank statements proving that you can support yourself.  Once granted, you can stay for up to an additional year.    This is easily renewed each year for up to five years, then renew for another five.  At 10 years, you can apply for citizenship.  Private health insurance is about $1500 a year.  But beware!  The VAT (value added tax) is 22% on all purchases!

Most everyone in Ireland speaks English.  Housing prices are relatively low, rentals are not hard to come by.  We saw a lovely modern furnished two bedroom home in Cork for $900 a month.    Of all the places in Ireland – and you need to drive the circle trip around the island to see for yourself, we liked the Dingle Peninsula in the south.  If you decide to move for awhile, find a reputable rental agent that will allow you to rent  “holiday homes” for a week at a time while you decide where you want to live.   These homes are furnished, utilities included, but may or not have wifi.   You have better luck with that in the larger cities.   If you need to stay connected, just ask and you will be directed to a local pub, restaurant or library.   There are also internet cafes with access.   Try four different communities before deciding.   Some like isolation in the country and some want to either be in a city or in commuter range.

Even if you don’t want to spend the rest of your life in Ireland or miss the grandkids and just want to come home – you might want to retire in Ireland, at least for a little while.   It’s just a magical place!   See what we found on the Emerald Isle.

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Living in Ireland

Pros: Great pubs, friendly people, the music, the landscape
Cons: Sorry, I can’t think of anything, except the VAT sales tax!
Favorite Inexpensive Events: Enjoying a pint of Guinness in a local pub on a music night.
Did You Know: The oldest pub (some say in Europe) is Sean’s Bar in Athlone  – right in the heart of Ireland.

Visit Ireland!
This nice video is a great introduction to Ireland.  Learn some history and see what Ireland has to offer! 



Visit Dublin!  
This vibrant city is the capital of the Irish Republic and is rich in history, culture and industry.  Just a few miles from the city is the beautiful landscape. 


Retire in Ireland!
Here’s a story of a woman who packed it all up and moved to Ireland.   Hear how Alana created the life she wanted in a place she loves.

Retire in Dalkey, Ireland

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...

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Retire in Cork, Ireland

Cork is just fun!   If you stop by a pub for a bite to eat, you won't leave a stranger.  You will know what to see and where to go in this vibrant, interesting place.  Before the night is over, your new friends will take you to their favorite place to hear real Irish...

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Retire in Dingle, Ireland

The Dingle peninsula pushes 30 miles further into the Atlantic from the southwest corner of Ireland.   The mountains give way to sandy beaches with ample opportunity for hiking, surfing, fishing or simply walks on the shore.   The warmer weather comes up the coast...

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Retire in Castlebar, Ireland

Castlebar is a busy market town.  Northwest of  Galway,  it originally was a garrison town - meaning that soldiers attached to the local Barra Castle lived here in the 11th century.    There are several local attractions including the Foxford Woollen Mills,  The...

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