Working and Living in ireland

Ireland is technically the biggest IT hub in Europe. Some of the major players include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Paypal, AirBnB, Ericsson. Ireland is also a great start-up hub. You get to choose the type of company you want to be part of as the offer is quite varied.

My experience of moving from Bucharest to Ireland came in 2006, my husband received a job offer and we decided to go for it. Our son was only 2 years old at the time. The decision to relocate is never an easy one.

Some abandon the idea, and this is understandable as there are so many things to consider. Some can miss out on these opportunities through lack of information and help along the way.

The Fear of the Unknown

Moving abroad is a new unknown experience that brings you out of your comfort zone. You would like to have all the answers but it’s not always possible. You do all the research just to make sure you’re making the best decision and yet only by living there you actually get all the answers. It is the biggest exam we take in our lives because you get to put in practice everything you learnt and everything that your parents, the school and the system taught you. And somehow, you grow and you become wiser, you understand the power that you have. Being able to relocate to a whole new country shows you that you can adapt everywhere and that you can overcome the fear.

Ireland a great place to live with families

"Everything was so natural about the school and we were made to feel very welcome"

Accommodation

Accommodation can be quite expensive. Renting an apartment or house can be from 1,200 euro upwards (if you want to find out more on this subject www.daft.ie is a very reliable and up to date housing website).

We came across trustworthy landlords and we were very happy with the houses we stayed in.

Agreements are transparent and adhered to by both the landlord and the person renting.

Cost of Living

The cost of living is seen as quite high compared to other European countries, however compares reasonable with that of Romania.  Everything from clothes, shoes, perfumes and 80% of food prices are lower in Ireland.


One of the challenges when we arrived in Ireland was that we had a habit of converting prices from euro to our own currency, at first everything seemed outrageously expensive but we soon realised after the conversions were done that we could actually purchase more and our money was going further.

Accommodation

Ireland with Children

When moving abroad with children, education and access to the medical system are a priority.

The Irish medical system works differently to that in Romania. You should register with a local GP (General Practitioner) who will be your first point of call with regard to health care.

GP visits can vary and are usually around €60 euro per visit. Children under 6 years old have free access to the medical system.

Children’s Education

We chose to send our child to an “Educate Together” school. Everything was so natural about the school and we were made to feel very welcome. Our child was very happy there and learnt so much, his English is so good and he acquired a very cool accent!

Options for Children's education

"When moving abroad with children, education and access to the medical system are a priority"

Ireland and it’s People

What we loved most about Ireland are the people. The people are friendly and nice and willing to help and everybody smiles. We lived in the suburbs and we soon got to know lots of people and the Irish habits. It’s common to greet people as you pass by on the street, with a simple “Hello” or “Lovely Day” and usually a reference to the weather is made!

It was nice to say “Hello” when you met someone in the street. I also loved the fact that people walk a lot, most people walk as a way of exercise and keeping fit. The benefits of walking is felt in the freshness of the air and the breeze of the sea helps a lot :)

All in all, our experience in Ireland was just great. We became better people and we feel we learnt so much. We know that we could adapt anywhere and we are not afraid to try new things anymore. We hope to pass this confidence to other people who are not sure they could make it.


We also learnt about the “craic”, the pub culture and about socialising. People would look for any occasion to have a chat and drink a nice coffee or a good beer in the company of a friend. The pub is a place where you go with your family to have a nice meal, where you bring your Mum on Mother’s Day and also a lively place where you meet your friends in the evening. I like to call it a home away from home :)

Killiney

"The rugged green landscape, the freshness of the air and the breeze of the sea"

The Weather

Weather is always a topic of conversation in Ireland and so for that reason it gets it’s own paragraph here.

Ireland does not have the greatest weather in Europe but the air is so fresh and clear! Highest temperatures during summer will reach 24 degrees and it can rain a lot. However winters never get too cold because of Ireland’s position along the gulf stream with lowest temperatures of 3 degrees at its coldest. Resulting in the beautiful green colour of the grass and plants in Ireland, all year around.

Travel within Europe

With one of the largest aviation industries and it’s closeness with other European countries, it’s easy to travel within Europe. I remember how crazy the idea of travelling to the Canary Islands in January sounded to me back then and how natural it then became. Living in Ireland made me understand that you can have many breaks during the year making it easy to spend a weekend in another European city or taking longer holidays around European countries. Having this on our doorstep allowed us to travel more and made me realise that the more you travel the more you discover yourself and learn new things. Every destination just seemed closer.

There are direct flights from Romania to Dublin 4 times a week and prices are reasonable if you book in advance.

Having made the decision and moved to Ireland

All in all, our experience in Ireland was just great. We became better people and we feel we learnt so much. We know that we could adapt anywhere and we are not afraid to try new things anymore. We hope to pass this confidence to other people who are not sure they could make it.

"Our Experience in Ireland was just great"


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