Over 17% (approximately 92,000) of Dublin’s population is made up of people originally from other countries, with the vast majority of these hailing from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France. This reflects figures in the rest of the country, with Polish people being the largest non-national group in Ireland. Some areas of Dublin are more densely internationally populated than others; for example, one in six residents of Fingal, on Dublin’s northside, is a non-Irish national, while that figure stands at a significant 29% in Saggart, on the southside. It’s no surprise that so many people are choosing to call Dublin home: Ireland is world r
Moving somewhere new can be daunting; spending time-out with other new arrivals who have shared your experience can really help you to settle in.
If you want to meet up with your fellow nationals in the city, both Meetup and InterNations run groups that can make that happen. Or try one of Dublin’s many thriving groups for ex-pats from different countries: these include associations for private individuals – like Oi (Brasil) and Irlandaitalina (Italy) – as well as associations such as ISEA (Spain) for business people. Universities and many of the larger colleges also have societies run by and for students from various individual countries.
Meetup is also useful if you are interested in meeting the locals. The site enables you to join groups that cater to every interest under the sun, from astronomy to hiking, soccer to coding and even board games and surfing. Each group is different, so regularity and location of meetings varies; but it can be a great way to get to know like-minded people with similar interests.
If you’re looking for one-off events, like concerts, comedy gigs or festivals – many of which are free – Eventbrite is an excellent source and makes it easy to search for and book tickets in one place. Dublin.ie’s What’s On page also has a huge range of regularly updated activities and events.
A particularly good way to meet both international and local people is through a Language Exchange or Conversation Exchange: a regular event during which speakers of different languages come together to pair with an English-speaking person (usually an Irish person) in order for each to practise the other’s language. It’s great for meeting people with an interest in your own culture and language. And if English is not your first language, any shyness or embarrassment you may have about your proficiency is offset by the opportunity to demonstrate your fluency in your native language.
Another great way to settle-in in Dublin is to volunteer through the Volunteer Centre. Helping-out with groups offering services to various causes can really help you to feel part of a community, as well as connecting you with people who care about similar issues.
Dublin's festivals are many and varied, spanning every season and a broad range of interests. Some of the biggest are ones you might guess; but there's a whole host of more unusual – and no less enjoyable! – festivals on offer, just waiting to be joined.
Dublin city stretches across 115km², with the county itself covering 921km². While it’s not the biggest area, as Ireland’s capital city, it has a lot going on – which is why it’s split into four local authorities: Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.