Life in Dublin is varied, energetic and comfortable. This compact city has everything you need, either on your doorstep or a short trip away via a comprehensive public transport and roads network. The people are friendly, the culture is rich and the history is fascinating. Here’s everything you need to know.

Life in Dublin

Compact and easy to navigate; mild no matter the season; filled with history, energy and opportunity: there are a lot of reasons Dubliners love the Fair City. But if there’s one reason to move here, it has to be the people – we’re some of the friendliest in the world!

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Everyday Essentials

You work to live; you don’t live to work! There’s a lot more to life in Dublin than the 9 to 5 – so what’s it like to set up home here?

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Official procedures

Dealing with the authorities doesn’t have to be a headache. We’ve drawn together some of the essential things you’ll need to get sorted as you set up in Dublin. Dealing with the council? Here’s our handy guide to the city council’s services. Organising a visa? Here’s advice on the type that you’ll need and for it. Want to get on the road? Here’s the lowdown on getting licensed and making sure your vehicle is road legal.

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Plan your move

As with any international move, there’s a lot to consider before moving to Dublin. Where do you want to live? Will you already have a job, or will you be looking for one? How do you find the right schools for your children? How will you transport your pet? Luckily for you, we have answered some of the biggest questions you’ll have on your mind.

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Settling in

17% of people currently living in Dublin were born outside of Ireland; as the city’s international population continues to grow, the rich array of activities, cuisines and events on offer has expanded in kind. So whatever your interest, you’re sure to find others to share it with. If you’re missing home, it won’t be difficult to find food, festivals and friends from your own country in Dublin. Rest assured that you’ll be able to practice your religion freely here too. The Pew Research Centre has found that the Republic of

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The Irish are mad about sports and Dubliners are no different. The three most popular sports in Ireland, by attendance at senior games, are Gaelic games (Gaelic football and hurling), soccer (commonly referred to as ‘football’) and rugby. But a huge variety of other sports are also played across the county and country. Sports clubs tend to be very community-orientated and are a great way of meeting like-minded people, either as an individual or as a family. Whether your children participate in sport, you take part yourself or you volunteer to help out, getting involved with your local club will really help you settle-in to Dublin. We’ve listed the most popular sports a

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Things to do

It’s impossible to be bored in Dublin – no matter how you like to spend your free time. Whether you’re a history nut, an art aficionado, a sports fiend or a night owl, this city has the museums, mountains, galleries, markets, nightlife and more to keep you entertained.

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Hatch – A Story of Transformation and New Beginnings

The Ark

Hatch - A story of transformation and new beginnings! Meet Bláithín. She loves caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Follow her on her adventurous journey with Uncle Rusty to find Pearl, the most extraordinary butterfly with the most colourful wings. Learn all about two little caterpillars and their journey to fly as moths and butterflies. Full of Fidget Feet's unique blend of music, comedy, theatre, science and aerial dance, Hatch weaves Irish language and Irish dancing into this wonderful story for 4-10 year olds and their families. Children will have an opportunity to meet the performer

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Zandra – Queen of Jazz

Smock Alley Theatre

Zandra - Queen of Jazz: With just her sax and a suitcase, Zandra Mitchell joined a jazz band and toured the world. Born in Phibsborough, Dublin in 1903, she was Ireland's first female saxophonist. While the twenties roared she found her way through Europe to Berlin. The dictators rose; the books burned; the bombs dropped… and Zandra played her sax. Darn Skippy Productions present Zandra, Queen of Jazz - a play with original music, based on an extraordinary true story. Booking information Matinee: Saturday 3.00pm. Running time: 75 mins.

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How Stoneybatter has been crowned one of the “world’s coolest neighbourhoods”

It comes as no surprise to people who live and work in Stoneybatter that their neighbourhood has been crowned one of the "coolest" on the planet. The northside enclave in Dublin 7 came in at number 42 out of 50 of the world's coolest neighbourhoods, according to the global travel and entertainment publication Time Out. Just two notches below Old Havana at number 40 and Melville, Johannesburg, at number 41, the neighbourhood was deemed the coolest in Ireland and among the top 50 'places to visit now', nudging out Bartok, Budapest, and downtown Miami at numbers 43 and 44. While Arroios, Lisbon, ranked at number one, the publication found "the village in the city" still retains its red-brick terrace charm alongside a "string of great new openings, from vegan cafes to hot new bars". Local councillor Nial Ring said: "It retains its village atmosphere and is loyal to its unique history and heritage. It has brilliant facilities - shops, places to eat, pubs etc where people interact on a wonderful social level." But it's not just a mecca for so-called 'hipsters' according to local artist Bob Byrne, who at 34 years old considers himself to be too old to be a hipster. "I'm cooler than a hipster," he joked. However, after living and working in the area - where he runs a mixed-media arts and music studio - for the past eight years, the Ringsend native said he was first lured to the area by cheap rent for his studio, as well as an eclectic mix of interesting and creative people who have made the neighbourhood their home. "We have it all; hipsters, graffiti artists, an electronic dance scene," he said.


Council plotting to open Dublin libraries 14 hours a day, 365 days a year with automated system

Dublin City Council is plotting an automated system to keep public libraries open from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year. It's put out to tender a contract worth up to €1.1 million for the development of a system called My Open Library, which will be initially rolled out at the Pembroke Library on Anglesea Road in Dublin 4. The Pembroke Library will be the first, but the contract includes the possibility at rolling it out at a further 20 libraries in the coming years. Under the plans, library users will be able to go in when staff are not there and still use the facilities and check out books. "The library [will be] strengthened as a focal point for community engagement," the council said.


Four Culture Festivals in The Liberties this Autumn

There are great opportunities to explore the culture, architecture and history of The Liberties over the coming months with some amazing festivals animating the area through Autumn. Culture Night, Dublin Festival of History, IAF Open House Weekend and The Jonathan Swift Festival.