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Moving to Ireland- suggestions of where to live?

Moving to Ireland- suggestions of where to live?

Mar 28th, 2006, 10:02 AM
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What about other small cities like Killkenny?
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Mar 28th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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cparris- I don't know anything about Killkenny...Any info?
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Mar 28th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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Cork is the second-largest city in the Republic of Ireland - which means that it is 2-3x the size of Galway but still a tiny fraction of Dublin's population. It has more industry than Galway (Apple, Pfizer, etc.) and therefore probably has more non-Irish residents. Unlike Galway's local airport, Cork's regularly hosts flights to places outside the UK. Both cities are college towns, both have nice architecture, etc. etc. etc. I prefer Galway because it has a larger reputation for Irish music and nightlife and because I prefer western Ireland to southern Ireland. Oh, and it may be a shorter drive to Dublin, but don't quote me on that.
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Mar 28th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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Kilkenny is the smallest town yet mentioned - probably 20,000-25,000 people. It is also inland while Galway, Cork, and Dublin are all on or near the coast. Impressive castle, nice architecture, home to a big Guinness factory, don't know much else.
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Mar 29th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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bobludlow, you're a great source of information, thanks! I do like the small town feel, but I'm thinking that 20-25000 people might be too small for my tastes. You said you prefer western Ireland to southern Ireland; never having been to Ireland, can you explain why you like it better?
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Mar 29th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Western Ireland is, IMHO, more like the Ireland of times past, with some exceptions.

There is an area in the west called the Gaelacht (Sp?) where Irish is spoken rather than English, though many/most of the folks also speak English.

Trad music is more popular and common in the west, as is other traditions such as storytelling, dancing, old religions, etc.

Galway, now, is a college town, so a lot of that is counteracted by modern culture, but it is a vibrant conflict in ways, and fun to watch
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Mar 29th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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GreenDragon explained it quite well, I think. Western Ireland is less developed than Dublin or Cork, which makes it infinitely more enjoyable as a tourist. I'm not sure how it might be different as a one-year resident, but that's where I would go to learn what makes Ireland special. And the people there are wonderfully friendly. I envy you.
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Mar 29th, 2006, 05:47 PM
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You are so lucky! We are also going with working holiday maker visas, but to Belfast. My first choice was Galway, but I have a 4 year old. Only the UK allows Canadians with dependents, not Ireland, so Belfast was the obvious choice. We found a 3 bedroom furnished house for 350 pounds (500 Euro). Belfast is cheaper for rent and such, and has a growing economy. Lots of interesting recent history as well. You can get a visa for UK w/o going through SWAP, and its about $300 cheaper for the fee.
Just a suggestion - but I'd pick the republic if I could!
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Mar 30th, 2006, 09:03 AM
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juliastephanie- I hope you have a great time in Belfast! I'm definitely going to make a trip up there once I get to Ireland.

So I think I'm decided on Galway, it seems like a really nice size, has an arts community and from your help and my research, it seems like it has a good array of tradional music! Plus I can always do lots of travelling with Galway as my base.

Now a question about Galway. When I get there I'm going to need to stay in a hostel until I can find a place to live. Anyone have any suggestions of good places to stay? Is Galway a safe city? Any areas to avoid?
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Mar 31st, 2006, 09:28 AM
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Galway is great city but it's small. Keeping that in mind, there is a theater scene and a lot of people say it's a good one. And Dublin is just about a three-hour train ride away. You'll have a great time, but you should go into it knowing that it's not just Dublin that's expensive. Prices, especially for housing has gone up around Galway, too.
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Mar 31st, 2006, 11:19 AM
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Galway is a short hop, skip, jump from many traditional music centres, such as Glor in Ennis, or Doolin, or Dingle
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:14 PM
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Thanks GreenDragon for the names of the traditional music centres! I'll definitely be checking them out
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Glor is a centre in Ennis -- the others are just town names that have a reputation for good trad music
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