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“I’m not a traveller, or more accurately I’m not someone who has had the chance to travel until recently. Before Ireland I backpacked, have lived in multiple Canadian provinces, camped alone in the wilderness, and have been to the top of multiple mountains (mostly in British Columbia). But I’d never left the country, so moving to Ireland I had no idea what to expect.

Thank god for USIT. Sure I could have gone about getting a visa through the normal embassy channels, but having started that route, this saved me a headache and so much more.

Having the constant support available to me is a load off of my shoulders. Though I haven’t used all of the resources available to me yet, just knowing that they’re there is huge.

Through the Work in Ireland Program I have access to a large group of people, some with so much experience to share, and available at any time to answer questions. The USIT team is constantly updating the group, letting us know about any meetups, job vacancies, or other relevant information, it’s an advantage I never would have had if I had done this on my own, it might cost more, but you really get what you pay for.

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Since coming to Ireland I’ve done a lot of the touristy things. Giant’s Causeway, Blarney castle, and the Rock of Dunamase were all amazing. However in the last few months after getting a bike, the real treasure for me has been cycling. Travelling primarily (so far) all over Cork County, and seeing not just the main sites, but the hidden gems. Ireland has so many of them, when I leave here if I regret anything, it’ll be not getting the chance to explore every nook I could find.

The perfect example in fact happened only a few weeks ago. It wasn’t a half bad day out, windy as usual, but otherwise great weather for a bike ride, so I headed out, wanting to check out Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline.

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After coming down Carrs hill,  I ended up passing through Shanbally, completely by accident. It’s tiny, as in only a handful of houses, that all together might not fill up a hockey rink, and definitely the first time the the word ‘quaint’ has ever organically popped into my head.

Soon after that, on the edge of Ringaskiddy I came across Barnahely Castle, totally overgrown and abandoned, blocked off by fences, but awesome to look at.

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It’s things like these I’m learning to appreciate about Ireland, yeah Canada has incredible sites, and beautiful views, however we lack any relatively old history. You can’t walk up to a building and say wow, humans have lived in this place for 500 years. Or go up to a castle and think to yourself about the thousand years of history that went into building, maintaining, and sometimes even trying to destroy that thing you’re looking at, or standing in.

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A love for this is something I might not have found if I hadn’t come here, and something I’ll get to keep with me for the rest of my life. Well worth every bit of work it took to get here.

So if you’re new to Ireland, or thinking about coming here, do it! For anyone already here? Put down the tourist books, turn off your GPS, and just wander, you might be missing all the best stuff.”

Blog Post and imagery by Work in Ireland Participant Brandon Mayovsky. Check out more of Brandon’s adventures here: bikenhikeblog.wordpress.com 

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16 Reasons Why You Need To Move To Ireland, Right Now!

1. Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a route all along the west coast of Ireland, with some stops on the north and south coasts too. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful beaches, picturesque Irish towns and amazing landscapes. This is definitely one to put on the bucket list.

2. Weekends away in stunning castles all over Ireland

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There’s dozens of castles to stay in all over Ireland surrounded by beautiful landscapes. It’s great for romantic weekends or if you just want to spoil yourself and feel like royalty for a night.

3. The people and the craic

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Irish people are some of the kindest, funniest, and most welcoming people you will ever meet. They always have lots of banter and can instantly make you feel better when you’re down.

4. Great night life

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Dublin, Cork and Galway are major party cities. Galway especially is known for its nights out. There’s nothing much else to say other than you have to go out in at least one of these cities once in your life.

5. Adoration For our President has reached tea cosy levels…

Our President, Michael D Higgins is a strong advocate of the arts, LGBT communities, multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity in Irish society. Basically, he’s 5’4″ of Irish legendary and is popular status is enpcasulated by being a symbolic guardian of one of our most important beverages…

6. Speaking of tea cosy’s, TEA!!

You will never have a cup of tea as good as you will in Ireland. I don’t know if it’s the tea, the milk, or what but when put together something magical happens… And if you want to really put it over the top, have a cookie with it. You won’t regret it. There’s nothing more Irish than a cupán tae (Gaelic) and friendly chat with whoever…

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7. Irish dairy products

Three years ago when I went on Erasmus I really craved Irish milk and butter… My cereal, coffee, tea and toast didn’t taste right tasted wrong. The milk is just so creamy or something and the butter…oh the butter. To quote Gilmore Girls, “you haven’t tasted rolls until you’ve had them with Irish butter”.

8. Big companies mean big jobs

Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. A lot of major companies in the tech and pharmaceutical industry have headquarters here. The job opportunities are endless.

9. A sporting heritage unlike any other

All that green means we have built some of the world’s best golf courses. If golf is your game, come over and play! Ireland is also great for surfers. Something you also need to experience is traditional Irish sports. You haven’t seen a real sport until you’ve seen men beat each other with sticks during a game. We haven’t even mentioned a world-beating rugby team, a giant-killing cricket and a certain Mystic Mc…

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10. Ireland produces great bands

Hozier, Walking on Cars, Kodaline, U2, and the list goes on. Ireland always produces really great bands. It gives you the opportunity to see them play for really cheap or even for free before they become huge and you can’t get tickets for their concerts because they sell out in 2.3 seconds.

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Ireland also has one of the world’s best gig venues in the heart of Dublin City – the Olympia Theatre is very special.

11. No tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, droughts…

All that really happens is that it rains. So you don’t have to worry about any natural disasters happening, which is always a bonus in my book!

12. The landscapes

The rain brings a LOT of green, both in the countryside and in cities. This little rock is not called ‘The Emerald Isle’ for nothing. When the sun is shining the green landscapes are simply breath-taking.

13. Music festivals

You won’t have to worry about carefully packing everything in your suitcase and flying to some far away land for festivals, just stuff everything in your car and drive down to one of the thousands of festivals Ireland has every year.

14. The perfect hub to explore Europe

This point is more valid for people who are not living in Europe but Ireland is in such a good location. It’s like a 50-minute flight to London and only 2 hour flight to Italy. Weekend in Paris, anyone?

15. Traditional Irish pubs

They’re warm, filled with friendly locals and bar staff and sometimes there’s live music. They’re great just for chilling out after work or even for nights out.

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16. St.Patricks Day

No explanation needed really. I mean, who does Paddy’s day better than the Irish?

(Also, just a quick FYI, it’s not St.Pattys day, its either St.Patricks day or Paddy’s day. Nothing else, so make sure you know this if you come over or you will get some weird/annoyed looks.)

17. The best Guinness in the world

Something happens to Guinness when it’s shipped to other countries. It’s not the same. Here you’ll have some real Guinness and if you go to the Guinness storehouse you can enjoy a pint of it in a bar overlooking all of Dublin city.

18. Our Work in Ireland community

Ok, we’re are biased here but it’s worth mentioning that when you come on the Work in Ireland Program, it’s not just a visa, it’s a closely knit and diverse community. We support our participants with a central hub including wi-fi, jobs boards and accommodation listings and run monthly socials together as a group – Glendalough, Game of Thrones Tour in Belfast and Trampoline Dodgeball are all on the list!

Interested in coming to Ireland? Drop us a line wii@usit.ie or call Martha, Lauren or Dearbhla on + 353 (1) 602 1888

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