Moving to Ireland: A 10 Step Guide
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic to the west of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the North Channel, the Irish Sea and St Georges Channel.. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. There is a population of 7 million cows, 8 million sheep and 4 million people.
Step 1: Visa & Legal Information
Right to work in Ireland
If you are from an EU member state or one of the countries of the EEA or Switzerland, you are entitled to come to work in Ireland. You do not need an employment permit.
If you are from another country then generally you need an employment permit. There are four different types of employment permit: Green Card permit, work permit, intra-company transfer permit, spousal/dependent work permit.
If you are from a country whose nationals normally require an employment permit and you are studying in Ireland on an approved course, you may take up casual work – a maximum of 20 hours a week in term time and full time during the holidays – without an employment permit.
Step 2: Accommodation
Price of a hotel room
Dublin hotels and guesthouses are surprisingly affordable, at least in November. Prices start at £25 for a double room, rising to more than £50 for a smart boutique or historic Georgian hotel in the center of the city. Expect to pay another £20 or so in the peak summer season.
Price of a house
You can get a new-build two-bed apartment in Dublin for €175,000 (£140,000) or a red-brick terraced house for €150,000 (£120,000). A Georgian townhouse costs between about €575,000 (£460,000) and €875,000 (£700,000). A large detached family home in Co Galway would cost between €250,000 (£200,000) and €500,000 (£400,000).
Step 3: Transport
You have a choice of Airports in Ireland as there are many situated across the country. Aer Lingus flies from a range of British cities to Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock Ireland West, Shannon and Waterford. Ryanair has flights to Cork, Derry, Dublin, Kerry, Knock Ireland West and Shannon.
The best form of transport around the island would be by cab. This is the quickest and most efficient. Licensed taxis in Dublin are ordinary cars with a large blue-and-yellow sign on their roof. You can pick up one at a taxi rank, or flag one down. Alternatively you could order a Hackney cab, which must be pre-booked.
Step 4: Working
Getting a job is going to be a main priority and there are lots available in Ireland due to the demand with tourists visiting although, it wont be handed to you easily.
These jobs are often advertised in shop windows, in shopping centres, through daily Irish newspapers and through employment agencies. While many of these jobs do not require any specific professional qualifications, it is advisable to bring evidence of any educational standards (such as secondary school certificates, diplomas, and degrees) you have attained with you to Ireland.
Professions and careers
This may take you long to secure a job of this standard although start applying for jobs before you travel. It is also useful to bear in mind that these jobs are generally paid at a higher level than other jobs that do not require any qualifications.
Step 5: Health
Ireland’s health care system is free to every resident in Ireland. European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizens living in Ireland are also automatically entitled to public health coverage. Private insurance is strongly advised since waiting lists for those without insurance sometimes stretch for more than a year.
Visitors from EU countries are also entitled to free urgent medical care so long as they present their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which can be obtained from their own health services before visiting Ireland.
Step 6: Money
The euro. There are 100 cents in a euro. On 12 November 2012 €1 was worth 79p, and £1 was worth €1.25. Dublin city is quite expensive so be aware of prices at all times. The price of a pint of milk per litre costs on average 62c.
Step 7: Food
Irish cuisine is a style of cooking originating from Ireland or developed by Irish people. It has eve loved over the years and the cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in Ireland. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the 16th century heavily influenced Ireland’s cuisine. Famous Irish dishes include; Irish stew, bacon and cabbage and colcannon.
Step 8: Social
Irish people have the reputation of being very friendly. Generally, people will shake hands when they meet for the first time. You will notice that many of the Irish resents are happy and chirpy most of the time.
The easiest way to meet people in Ireland is to go out, even to the local pub (which there will always be a local pub near) as it will always be busy…. Morning, noon or night- as the Irish like to drink!
Step 9: Sightseeing
There are thousands of tourist attractions and activities throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland from going on a boat tour on an Irish lake or playing golf on one of the countries picturesque golf course.
Step 10: Culture & Language
Ireland’s culture comprises of elements of the culture of ancient people, later immigrant and broadcast cultural influences. Ireland is regarded as one of the Celtic ‘nations’ of Europe with Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man and Brittany.
Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th) is Ireland’s official national day. It is a national holiday and festival parades are held in towns and cities all around the country.
Irish, now a minority but the official language of the Republic of Ireland, was began to be written down after Christianisation in the 5th century and spread to Scotland and the Isle of Man where it evolved into the Scottish Gaelic and Manx languages respectively.