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AnneandMike

Help!! We want to move to Ireland

We made our first visit to Eire last week and fell in love with it - both the country and the people. As we are retiring in a year ( I hope) or two, we would love to buy a smallhoding over there - somewhere in West Cork. Has anyone come across a guide to doing this, you know - "A complete idiots guide to moving to Ireland" type of thing, or any websites with the same kind of information?

Mike
mayhem

Hi
funnily enough my wife and I have been contemplating doin the same. Also to Cork. I have been offered a job over there by my employer.

A good site is;

www.oasis.gov.ie

It is good for all the financial aspect plus some good links for hose moving etc.

A good property site is;

www.draft.ie

Good luck.

Mayhem
AnneandMike

Thanks, Mayhem, we'll give them a try. G'luck with your own dreams.

Mike
@Calli

Idiots move here without any trouble at all!!!!!
We have been here 5 yrs and would never go back, this is home now.
Propertyfile.net and propertypartners.ie best estate agents oh and remax....

Quite a few ex stud farms wil be appearing on market next few years - various tax incentives being removed Very Happy Confused Confused

Can strongly recommend rent first to be sure of the area, we started in Kerry and made our way to Galway - can't beat Galway!!!
Camile

The west is the best ! especially Galway !

No hassle whatsoever to move to Ireland ... we moved here more than 6 years ago ... and still lovin' it ...

The website for houses is www.daft.ie (not draft) ... and is a good one.

And as mentionned allready, Oasis would give you all the infos regarding moving here (ie paperwork, taxes and so on).

Good luck !
Camile
@Calli

PS NO COUNCIL TAX Very Happy
Róisín

Come on over - I'll put the kettle on... Wink
Penny Outskirts

Which bits of Ireland are cheaper to buy at the moment?
Róisín

I read an article in the paper about this a few weeks ago. On bare money, Dublin is always the most expensive place to buy and live. But on income-ratios-type-calculations, Galway is the most expensive. You can get a three-bedroom house from around €200,000 - I would say that is the average, that then goes up depending on location and facilities etc. There is stamp duty which is dependant on whether the house is new or secondhand and on how much it costs. People are always b*tching about it. I'm not a home owner but the above is what I've gauged from more organised friends who are Very Happy
AnneandMike

ExilesinGalway wrote:
Idiots move here without any trouble at all!!!!!
We have been here 5 yrs and would never go back, this is home now.
Propertyfile.net and propertypartners.ie best estate agents oh and remax....

Quite a few ex stud farms wil be appearing on market next few years - various tax incentives being removed Very Happy Confused Confused

Can strongly recommend rent first to be sure of the area, we started in Kerry and made our way to Galway - can't beat Galway!!!


Thanks for the websites and your first comment - it should suit me down to the ground, then. Your comment about renting is interesting, we never thought of that. The trouble with that is as soon as we have got the 'blessed plot of earth' we would want to get really stuck in with hard landscaping, deep beds, greenhouses and polytunnels, not to mention wind generator, solar thermal etc and it is not easy to do with someone elses land.

What is Galway like for growing fruit and veg?

Mike
AnneandMike

Róisín wrote:
Come on over - I'll put the kettle on... Wink


I'll hold you to that promise

Mike
AnneandMike

Róisín wrote:
I read an article in the paper about this a few weeks ago. On bare money, Dublin is always the most expensive place to buy and live. Very Happy


You are not kidding! I was reading one of the Irish papers last week that had a special section on Dublin properties. One of then was an unremarkable 3 bed semi for 1.8 million Euros! Proof that the world is completely insane. Wouldn't want to live there anyway.
Mike
@Calli

Galway climate is mild and wet like the rest of Ireland!! I adore the people here and the ability to live where I cannot see another house from our place and yet be in Portumna in minutes - 4 miles. We have too many tomatoes, courgettes(no surprises there) chillis, dwarf and runner beans.... etc etc. Animals thriving and all this since May this yr. No house just mobile homes but it took us 18 months to find the right place. I mentioned renting because we made a false start - bought an idyllic property on what to us was a quiet back road in the country.....Not so when we lived there a time!!!! It is expensive and stressful moving so it makes sense to get it totally right for the sake of 6 months. I say this also because if you are looking for land it is often sold without ever hitting thre market...Estate Agents are......well what can I say not over helpful?
It is still by far the best move we made the lifestyle is easier and better for us iin the countryside.
Callie

Any help I can give just pm me. Can send you samples from local papers to get idea of whats available
gil

West Cork is great. I lived in Eire for a while, having visited frequently before that, then took a 3-month sabbatical to see whether I liked it enough to move there. Then moved over, still renting (County Cork, but not right out west).

Ended up moving back to England, but that was in the days when I felt I ought to be pursuing a career, and time in Eire was a good break (did organic market gardening, and IT-ish consultancy, neither of which at the time seemed like things I wanted to do permanently).
@Calli

pps sitefinder.ie
Bodger

Does everybody whose anybody live in Galway ?
@Calli

YUP!!! Very Happy
AnneandMike

bodger wrote:
Does everybody whose anybody live in Galway ?


It seems there are two sorts of people - those who live in Galway and those who want to.
Róisín

Laughing

I'm not from Galway - I'm from farther south - I'm here for college. (7th year now...)
AnneandMike

Róisín wrote:
Laughing

I'm not from Galway - I'm from farther south - I'm here for college. (7th year now...)


7th YEAR!!!!. What are you studying?
Róisín

Laughing
This is the last year of my PhD Very Happy
@Calli

You see the lengths people go to to stay in Galway!!! Very Happy

we are 40 mins away from Galway city but it is so vibrant and lively, I love it!
AnneandMike

ExilesinGalway wrote:
You see the lengths people go to to stay in Galway!!! Very Happy

we are 40 mins away from Galway city but it is so vibrant and lively, I love it!


We'll see for ourselves in 6 weeks. Looking forward to it.
@Calli

Hooray! Are you coming to Galway???? cheers
AnneandMike

ExilesinGalway wrote:
Hooray! Are you coming to Galway???? cheers


Yup!! Only for 1 day though, and we have to drive up from Cork and get back again. We had booked the accommodation in Macroom west of Cork before all your comments but after what you have said we must at least see Galway for a few hours ( not to mention a lot of Ireland on the way and back) so its early out of bed that day and late back - it's all your fault, you know! Very Happy
@Calli

It will be worth it!
It's not a great drive though - roads here are scary!! Rolling Eyes
But it's as well to see as many places - the character is so very different!
Callie
Camile

I'm in Co. Galway too .. about 50min north east of the county ...

and working everyday in Galway city itself ...

great place .. great county .. great people ... it's just GREAT !
AnneandMike

Camile wrote:


great place .. great county .. great people ... it's just GREAT !


What more can you say!!! Very Happy
voodoo veg

I too have just found the dream of living in Ireland. Very Happy

What is it like finding a job for someone kinda unskilled??? (I do have skills but they are too obscure to find jobs with Embarassed )

Cheers guys!!!
Camile

Hi Voodoo Veg,

If you speak any foreign language (french, italian, spanish and so on) .. it's quite easy to find a job in a call centre ...

It's not a great job ... but it pays the bill ..

check out www.recruitireland.ie or www.irishjobs.ie or www.loadzajobs.ie

Good luck ..
Camile
@Calli

Hi V V you would be surprised what you can do here.
What are these obscure skills? Shocked
Guest

I have very rusty teeth making skills...(that is my skills are rusty not the teeth I make!!!) and can (...and very well I might add) also do tattooing and body piercing.

Alas I do not speak any foreign languages!!!

Does Ireland have an RSPCA (ISPCA????) because that is where I work now (at the RSPCA call centre believe it or not!!!)
voodoo veg

Sorry...that was me but I forgot to sign in Embarassed
Camile

They do indeed ..

the ISPCA .. don't know if they have a call centre tough ..

you might try www.nixers.ie too .. it has loads of unusual jobs ...
Róisín

Anonymous wrote:
I have very rusty teeth making skills...(that is my skills are rusty not the teeth I make!!!) and can (...and very well I might add) also do tattooing and body piercing.

Alas I do not speak any foreign languages!!!

Does Ireland have an RSPCA (ISPCA????) because that is where I work now (at the RSPCA call centre believe it or not!!!)


Yes, there is an ISPCA which is split into different counties ie here in Galway it is the GSPCA. It's all volunteer work though, unless you join it through Fás (Fóras Aiseanna Saothar -> a body to help the unemployed gain experience and employment) in which case you would get paid.
@Calli

Dog Warden - still have dog licences here???

Dentistry in all forms VERY lucrative no NHS, loads of specialist denture clinics, may find places there?
voodoo veg

Great!!! My denture repair skills are still intact so maybe thats the place to start.

I have sent an email to the ISPCA asking about their Cruelty Helpline (their equivalent of where I work now) so will maybe get a good reply.

It seems like my dream may yet become reality Very Happy

CHEERS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!
@Calli

Try here for clinics??

www.goldenpages.ie
squirrel01

i know the last post was sep but hey, galway is a very big county, daughter is renting just outside the city at E1000 a month, just a 4 bed house, the one next door sold for E460.000, same house in roscommon about E200.000, big diff.
takes me about 45 mins to get to galway (on a good day) lol.
i was given some land to build so couldnt go wrong, would have chosen a bit nearer the coast but cant have it all, not cheap to live here but as said before no council charge and no water rates, been here nearly 5 yrs now and it does take time to settle in, but wouldn't change it now, well apart from the weather......
Guest

Any big city costs a premium but the real bargains are renovation projects most are old cottages on 1 - 2 acres
Camile

Good morning ...

Where about to you live squirrel 01 ?

because you sound pretty close to where I am ....

and indeed there is a huge difference in price between Galway and Roscommon...

Camile
Andy B

Are the locals getting fed up with all these people comming to live their yet, at some point wont prices go beyond local means?
Camile

I don't know about other places but where we are the locals welcomed us fairly well ..

they say that we brought life back to the hamlet ... like it used to be 20 years ago with the chooks and everything ..

as for prices .. I have no clue ... but I would think this is the case around Galway city itself or the other big towns where most of the jobs are ..
Róisín

Andy B wrote:
Are the locals getting fed up with all these people comming to live their yet, at some point wont prices go beyond local means?


No, not yet we aren't :p Laughing
@Calli

Our neighbours seem happy enough too! Very Happy


Three men took pity on OH and have pitched in to help finish the fencing.... Rolling Eyes
squirrel01

im in ballinlough, roscommon,
@Calli

Portumna, Galway
Hello squirrel!
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