Dublin city is no concrete jungle: it’s dotted with open spaces where you can stretch your legs, get some fresh air and soak up nature. First among them is Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe and unique in Dublin. It’s home to a beautiful array of local flora and fauna, as well as historic built heritage: nestled within the park is Áras an Uachtaráin, the home of the president of Ireland; as well as Farmleigh, past home of the Guinness family; medieval
A cosmopolitan lifestyle, rich culture, plenty of public amenities and small-town warmth combine to make Dublin a fun and rewarding place to live. Here’s some of the things you might want to consider before making a move.
What’s the weather like?
Ireland’s climate could be described as mild, moist and changeable. It certainly rains a bit. Dublin gets about 730mm (28 inches) of rain a year – more than London or Paris, less than Copenhagen or Munich. In the height of summer, the sun doesn’t set until almost 10pm. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon except on high ground. The mercury tops out at about 20° Celsius in summer. Here are some average temperatures:
- Winter: November to January 7°C – 10C (44°F – 50°F)
- Spring: February to April 8°C –12°C (46°F – 54°F)
- Summer: May to July 17°C – 20°C (64°F – 68°F)
- Autumn: August to October 14°C – 17°C (57°F – 64°F)
Waterproof coats for summer and winter are good investments, while your bathing suit may have to wait for summer vacations further south.
There’s a huge variety of recreational activities in Dublin. We’ve got mountains and sea within a stone’s throw of the city centre. There’s dozens of (mostly) free galleries & museums; year round festivals; bustling markets; delicious dishes in hundreds of restaurants. It’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the almost thousand pubs across the county. From sports bars to music bars to bars that treat sports and music as unnecessary distractions, Publin.ie is the definitive guide.
The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) takes a survey of the world’s education systems every three years. Over half a million 15-year-old students in 72 countries and territories take part in an internationally-agreed two-hour test that measures their attainment in science, maths, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. Ireland consistently excels in these tests. The most recent results indicate that Irish students perform better than the OECD average in science, maths and reading. Interestingly, immigrant students in Ireland p
Ireland’s healthcare system is divided into public and private tiers. Public Ireland’s public healthcare system offers world-class care, partly funded by the government. If you are “ordinarily resident”, you can access a range of public health services that are free of charge or subsidised by the Irish government’s Health Service Executive (HSE). (You are considered to be “ordinarily resident” if you have been living in Ireland for at least one year – or you intend to live in the country for at least one year.) Holders of a European Health Insurance
Dublin is not a cheap place to live. The Economist Intelligence Unit Cost of Living Report ranks it as the 19th most expensive of 133 cities. On the plus side, this ranking does indicate that Dublin is less expensive than Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt as well as New York and LA in the USA and Singapore, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia-Pacific region. Consumer goods The price of consumer goods is quite high compared to other European cities, although this is coming down. Ongoing competition between supermarket chains ha
There are plenty of options for getting from A to B in Dublin. This is a fairly compact city, which means walking and cycling are viable options for getting around; you can walk from many of the city’s outlying districts to its centre in 30 or 40 minutes. Bus Dublin Bus connects most parts of the city through a network of 200 routes that service 5,000 stops, with new services being added as the city grows. Go-Ahead Dublin, the newest bus company in Dublin, operates a fleet of
If you need emergency services, including the Police (An Garda Síochana), Fire Brigade, or Ambulance, call 112 or 999. Ireland is a generally safe country. The 2018 Peace Index ranks it as the tenth-safest country in the world, just behind Japan. A 2017 Fáilte Ireland survey found tha
Dublin is a global, entrepreneurial city with a bright future, and people are flocking here to share in its success. Here’s seven of the top reasons why a move to Dublin might be the right move for you, too.
Since the 1950s, Ireland has pursued a vision of ‘industrialisation by invitation’ by creating a tempting business climate, which has attracted huge investment from US and European companies. These investments have benefited many parts of the country, but Dublin’s deep pool of talent, long-established infrastructure and rich culture has attracted the lion’s share. Here’s a quick run-down of the largest international firms that have made significant investments in Dublin. Finance Many international banks have significant operations in Dublin, serving Irish and European markets. This cohort is likely to swell as banks with operations in the City of London re
No two businesses are the same, so speaking about an ‘Irish work culture’ risks papering over the many differences between workplaces. Nevertheless, Ireland has a strong national character and this shapes how people work. With these provisos in mind, here’s a guide to Irish work culture. Irish business In general, the Irish like to think that their society is a meritocracy – those who cultivate their skills and put in a lot of hard work will rise to the top. Whether this is true or not is a matter of debate, but the belief pervades work life. Hierarchies are relaxed, people move on to first names swiftly, and socialising with colleagues is common. Bureaucracy and o