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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Why You Should Go To Kerry.

Whether you’re Irish, have recently moved here or are simply visiting Ireland, Kerry is a must-see county of Ireland. It’s located down in the south west of Ireland and there are so many things to do that I could write a book about it. Here I’ve tried to list off as many places as I can without babbling on about each in too much detail.  Ok, here we go…

The Ring of Kerry

This is basically long road which forms a Ring, thus the name the Ring of Kerry. This road brings you through thousands of years of Irish history, landmarks and landscapes. There are loads of things to do, see and experience. Below are some of the most popular…

  1. The Skellig Islands: The Skellig Islands are two small islands located of the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula. There is a small and big island. The small one, Little Skellig, is unfortunately closed to the public but the big island, Skellig Michael, is open for visiting. THIS is where STAR WARS WAS FILMED!!…Well, part of it. You know, where Rey meets Luke Skywalker on top of that mountain. Anyway, that, plus the fact that it’s a stunning island with beautiful views and an ancient monastery, is why you should go! Also, if you go during Puffin season (May-July) you’ll see thousands of them flying around which is pretty cool.

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  2. Killarney International Park: Killarney National Park is located at the foot of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, which is Ireland’s highest mountain range. Within the park you will find lakes, mountains, islands, amazing gardens and even a castle.

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  3. Beaches: Being on the coast, there are multiple beaches to visit. For example Derrynane Beach which is a beautiful, sandy beach where you might even see a dolphin!
  4. Small picturesque Irish towns: Who doesn’t love small picturesque towns? They make the best Instagram photos. I’d recommend going Kenmare. It’s a small town that is known for its beautiful and colourful painted houses and shops. Here, you can also go horseback-riding on Kenmare beach. The photos you will take here will be incredible, no filter needed.medium-1003641-jpg

The Kerry Cliffs

These are a must-see when visiting Kerry. They offer incredible views of the Skellig Islands and Puffin Island. I would recommend going around sunset because the view will leave you speechless. I know I’ve said this before, but seriously good Instagram picture to be taken here.

Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve

The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is Ireland’s First International Dark Sky Reserve, which is one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet.

So, what does this mean?

This means that on nights when the sky is clear, it is simply stunning. It means you can see more constellations and stars than you could possibly imagine. The Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Star Clusters and Nebula’s are just some of the beautiful wonders you can see without the need of any fancy astronomical equipment.

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Spending a night here should be on the bucket list.

The Dingle Peninsula

Similar to the Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsula offers a circular route which begins and ends in Dingle, and is called The Slea Head Drive. The route takes you to a large number of attractions and stunning views. Between beautiful beaches, mountain hiking (if you’re into that), charming little islands, adorable little fishing villages, and dolphin tours, you really can’t go wrong. I mean, come on,  DOLPHIN TOURS! Who doesn’t love dolphins?

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Star Wars film location, dolphins, beaches, stunning views and star gazing? Sure, why not?

If you want more information on this or the Work in Ireland programme contact Lauren.Doyle@usit.ie.

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