Living in Dublin: The Ultimate Expat Guide

Living in Dublin: The Ultimate Expat Guide

The first references of Dublin reach as far as over 1000 years back, to the Viking raids in the 8th and 9th century. Back then, the city was known as Dubh Linn, or Black Pool. Now, its rich history smoothly blends in with innovation, as more and more expats are interested in making this city with a bustling economy their new home. Are you one of them? Discover why Dublin has become such a popular expat destination, and why so many who have gone there for holidays never left. 

 

1. Work in Dublin, Ireland

2. Getting around Dublin, Ireland

3. Housing in Dublin

4. Living like a local

5. Fun things to do around the city

6. Cost of living in Dublin, Ireland

 

  1. Work in Dublin, Ireland

 

Dublin is globally known for its quickly-developing economy. Especially after Brexit, those who used to have their eyes set on Great Britain have now redirected their attention to the kingdom’s sibling, Ireland. Due to the fact that it is not a part of the United Kingdom and the official currency there is the Euro, relocating to Ireland for work still happens on the same rules as before - and oftentimes is easier than moving to the UK since the regulations have changed. 


 

Useful job boards when living in Dublin, Ireland

 

What makes life easier while job hunting in Ireland is that English is the dominant language there - although that does not mean that it is the only language in which you can find a job in there. More about the languages in demand in Ireland right now coming in a second!

 

With English being one of the two official languages in Ireland, you won’t have to worry about the language barrier or navigating the job market in a language you’re barely familiar with. Perhaps the confidence that comes with it is one of the reasons why so many expats choose Dublin as their destination. 

 

Aside from obvious choices such as LinkedIn or Europe Language Jobs, below you can find other job boards that can come in handy while looking for a job in Ireland:

 


 

Sectors & languages in demand

 

As we have mentioned before, Dublin is undergoing a business boom right now. Especially the technology sector is growing rapidly, with big international companies such as Google, HubSpot or Microsoft setting up their offices in Dublin. 

 

Due to the international character of those businesses, employers are actively looking for multilingual candidates for Sales and Customer Service roles. The top languages in demand in Ireland right now, according to our internal data, are (excluding English) German, Swedish, French, Dutch, and Danish. 


Working culture

 

The working culture in Dublin is similar to that of other Western European countries. American expats sometimes find it more slow-paced than in their own country. That, however, is not to say that it is less effective. The Irish prefer the work hard, play hard lifestyle when it comes to business. 

 

That means that the employees in Ireland tend not to build their whole life around work. They appreciate their friends and family, and after their busy working day is done, they are happy to disconnect and enjoy life, rather than aggressively add overtime hours to their schedule. 

 

It is also not uncommon to conduct a meeting or two in an environment less formal than the office itself - for example over a pint of the sacred Guinness. This demonstrates the Irish relaxed character and a friendly approach when it comes to networking and making business connections. 

 

In case you are doubting whether this slow-paced working culture brings results, the fact that Ireland has one of the highest GPD per capita in the world should be your answer. Since January 1st, 2022, the national minimum wage an adult employee can expect is €10.50/hour. The salaries vary between €11 400/year, which constitutes the lowest national average, to the impressive highest average of €202 000/year. An average person working in Dublin earns around €45 000/year. 

 

When it comes to the length of the working week, the maximum average cannot exceed 48h. This means that the working hours of an average employee in Dublin must not exceed 48h/week over the period of 4 months. 


 

Work permit

 

Citizens coming from outside of the EU must hold a valid employment permit in order to legally work in Ireland. There are 8 different types of work permits, depending on the type of employment you plan to pursue. 

 

Now, explaining them all is quite time-consuming and a bit complicated, so we don’t want to risk spreading fake news. Luckily, Citizens Information have already prepared a very thorough guide across the different types of employment permits in Ireland, so we encourage you to consult their website for detailed information on the topic, keeping in mind your own individual situation.

 

EU/EEA citizens are automatically granted the same employment rights as Irish citizens and can apply for any job without the need to obtain a work permit. They must, however, have a valid ID or passport. 

 

It is not necessary for EU/EEA nationals to register with the local immigration office upon arrival to the country. It is also not required for them to get a residence permit, either.

 

As a EU citizen, you are able to stay in Ireland for up to 90 days without any restrictions. In order to remain in the country after that period, you must:

 

  • Be employed or self-employed

  • Be enrolled as a student or trainee

  • Be able to financially support yourself and your dependents 


 

Other visas

 

The visa system in Ireland is easy to understand. If you intend to stay for less than 90 days, you need to apply for the C-type visa. If your stay will exceed 90 days, you must obtain the D-type visa. 

 

Of course, remember that if you are a EU national, you don’t need a visa at all to enter and live in Ireland! 

 

If you need the D-type visa, you will also have to apply for immigration permission. It will be printed on an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card and sent to you by post once you register. 

 

Steps required to obtain a visa for Ireland:

 

  • Complete the online application form

  • Provide all the supporting documentation, passport photo, and fees

 

To documentation you need to provide depends on what you intend to do in Ireland (work, study, visit a family member, go on holidays). You can find the application form and a list of documents required for the type of visa you need on the Irish Immigration website.

 

The time it takes to obtain an Irish visa also varies. It may be longer depending on the country you’re coming from, and the time of the year you apply (some seasons are busier than others). Generally, you should count 8 weeks from the moment of submitting your application and are not advised to buy your flight tickets or make any other arrangements before you know the final outcome of your visa application. 


 

Social Security

 

In order to gain access to the social welfare and public services offered by the Irish government, you need the Personal Public Service Numer (PPS). It is a unique reference number always consisting of 7 numbers followed by either 1 or 2 letters.

 

The PPS number gives you access to:

 

  • All social welfare services

  • The Free Travel Pass (available for those aged 66 and over & social welfare beneficiaries)

  • Public health services

  • Housing grants

  • Working benefits such as: maternity, illness, jobseeker’s, carer’s, as well as the invalidity and state pension

  • Driver licenses 

  • Pupil ID

  • Child immunisation

 

An important thing to know is that without this number, you will be required to pay the so-called “emergency taxes”. That is to say that you will have to pay twice the taxes for a couple of weeks before getting them back. You can see now how applying for the PPS number is beneficial for you for many reasons. The payment of social insurance is also generally compulsory.

 

How to apply for the PPS number:

 

You must visit the website of the Department of Social Protection and follow the online application guidance. You will need to upload:

 

  • A copy of your identity document with a photo (ID, passport, driver’s license, etc.)

  • Proof of your address in Ireland (tenancy agreement, recent bills, etc.)

  • Proof of why you need a PPS number

 

Extra documents required for non-EU/EEA citizens:

 

  • Immigration Card

 

Important: before submitting your application, you must create a MyGovID account. It is an official service allowing you to access various government services in Ireland through just a single log-in. Registering there will make taking all the legal steps necessary to relocate to Ireland much easier.

 

Please note that you can’t apply for the PPS number before coming to Ireland. That is because one of the documents required during the application is proof of your Irish address, so you must already have moved there prior to applying. 


  1. Getting around Dublin, Ireland

 

Public transport

 

The first thing to note is that Dublin is an extremely walkable city. It is quite compact for a capital, so it is possible to walk from one side of the town to the other in literally 30 minutes. For that reason, many choose to do their health a favour and take a stroll, but we understand that the pesky weather might not be for everyone. 

 

If walking in the rain or stressing about the likely possibility of walking in the rain within the next 5 minutes is not your cup of tea, don’t worry! There is a variety of public transport options ready to take you wherever you need in Dublin. 

 

Before we discuss them, there are 2 important messages that apply to all kinds of public transport that are worth sharing:

 

  1. The prices for public transport services in the Greater Dublin Area have been reduced by 20% until the end of 2022.

  2. We recommend to therefore take advantage of the temporary discount and buy the tickets, as Dubliners have observed a significant increase in ticket controls recently. This has to do with the issue of fare evasion that has been running rampant. 

 

Buses 

 

The bus network in Dublin is rumoured to be the most diverse and widespread public transport service in the city. Opinions vary, however, as some say buses in Dublin are not always terribly punctual. Stay safe by downloading the Transport for Ireland app, which will allow you to plan your route and access real-time updates about specific connections. 

 

Dublin bus fares are perceived as quite high by expats from other countries, used to lower costs of public transport. The tickets can be bought at the stations, on the bus, or online. When you buy your ticket on the bus, please remember that only coins are accepted (no notes!). Make sure to have the exact sum ready, as you can’t expect the driver to give you back your change. 

 

A handy trick quoted by many Dubliners is to tell the driver your destination rather than buying the default ticket for the whole journey. They will calculate your fare based on the distance you intend to travel, so you may end up saving a couple of cents at a time!

 

The operational hours can vary between routes, but are generally enclosed within the 5 am and 12 am window. Of course, the frequency of connections drops after a certain hour, so you may have to wait a bit on the stop coming back from a night out. 

 

There is also the Nitelink bus service available, although it is described as not the cheapest, and it is not unlikely to stumble upon temporarily incapacitated individuals enjoying a ride at these hours. 


 

Trams

 

Luas is Irish for “speed” and functions as the name of Dublin’s tramway network. It consists of 54 stations divided among 2 lines:

 

  • The Green Line - covers the southern side of Dublin, connecting Bride’s Glen in the South with Broombridge in the north

  • The Red Line - crosses the River Liffey, connects Saggart and Tallaght with The Point in Dublin Docklands 

 

The Luas services run from 5.30am to 12:30am Monday through Friday. On the weekends, an alternative schedule applies, with trams operating between 6:30am and 12:30 on Saturdays, and 7am to 11pm on Sundays. You can always visit the website for detailed operating hours info. 

 

During peak hours, you can hop on and off Luas as you please, since they run roughly every 3 to 4 minutes. With no metro service available in Dublin, this is the most frequent mode of public transport you can expect. Bear in mind, though, that during off-peak times, the arrivals slow down to every 15 minutes. 

 

There is a special fare calculator created by Luas - it will help you estimate the exact cost of your journey from point A to point B in Dublin. For general information about ticket prices, consult their website or the PDF leaflet

 

The Journey Planner is another cool tool brought to you by Dublin’s public transport services. It lets you plan out the quickest route in a stress-free way. 


 

Trains

 

The trains in Ireland are overseen by the Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann). Among their services, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) city train is the most commonly chosen option for travel within the city. It also runs along the coast - if you are planning a day trip outside of Dublin, make sure to consult the Irish Rail website to see if you should hop on a DART or Commuter train. You can compare their destinations here.

 

DART’s operating hours are between 6am and 12am. Be careful, though, as 12am is when the services stop working altogether - the last train, therefore, leaves the city centre earlier, at 11:30pm. On Sundays, the first train doesn’t run until 9am. To be certain you don’t miss your first or last opportunity to leave or return to Dublin for the day, consult the Irish Rail website for their timetables and schedules


 

Bikes

 

Dublin has a very well-developed bike lane net. If the perspective of pedalling in the rain doesn’t terrify you, choosing this means of transport might be just the option for you. It is definitely a very popular one among Dubliners, who, equipped with special raincoats and wellies, cycle on to their destinations regularly. 

 

If you own a bike, however, mind its safety! Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to have your bike stolen in Dublin. To protect your two-wheeled friend, invest in a good, solid lock, and don’t leave it unattended for long periods of time (it is even recommended to bring it in during the night, rather than leave it outside). 

 

If you don’t have your own bike, the city offers a flexible bike rental scheme called Dublin Bikes. You can download the app and enjoy hopping on and off the bikes at various stations scattered around the city. The only limitation is the scheme’s working hours - you are only able to rent a bike between 5am and 12:30 am. So no drunk-cycling home after a night out for you!


 

Taxis

 

Many who have never been to Dublin make the mistake of unconsciously putting it into one drawer with London. In truth, however, those two cities are very different, and this also applies to the taxi culture. Don’t expect the cute, black, beetle-like cabs London is known for to crawl the streets of Dublin!

 

That is not to say that taxi services are nonexistent in the Irish capital. They may be a slightly less popular option than in London, but they still function. Ireland has very specific taxi regulations - all taxis operate on the same rules, meaning they are metered in the same way and the exact same fares apply to all taxis throughout the country. 

 

Attention: this also concerns popular taxi chains such as Lyft or Uber. Both companies are heavily controlled in Dublin, so when you order an Uber, you are actually flagging down a regular taxi. 

 

The standard fares for all taxis in Ireland are as follows:

 

  • €4.10 during the day (8am - 8pm)

  • €4.45 during the night (8pm - 8am plus all day on Sundays and public holidays)

 

You can also use the official taxi fare estimator created by Transport for Ireland to get an idea of how much approximately your journey by taxi will cost.

 

Important: avoid ordering a taxi over the phone (if it’s not through a service such as Uber, Lyft, FreeNow, etc.)! It may come with an additional charge of €2 that will be added to your fare at the end of the ride. The best solution is to use a designated app or flag down a taxi directly from the street/parking. 


 

Driving 

 

Dublin is the 5th most congested city in Europe. For that reason, many choose to leave their car at the garage, or get rid of it at all. 

 

As we have mentioned before, Dublin is a very walkable and a relatively small city with a well-developed public transport service, so owning a car is not essential if you live close to the centre. You may consider it if your house is located in the suburbs, or even in one of the neighbouring houses to avoid the costs of renting in Dublin. 

 

On the upside, parking in Dublin is said to be quite cheap (compared to other necessary costs in the city). Given the considerably high prices of public transport tickets, paying for a few hours of occupying a parking spot might come with similar costs. That, however, doesn’t include the price of petrol that you will use circling around the town, trying to find a free spot. With the prices of gas rising at a horrendous rate, it might be a thing to keep in mind!

 

When it comes to the driver’s license, you will need an international permit to drive in Ireland. That doesn’t apply to EU citizens and expats from countries such as Switzerland, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland, Norway or South Africa. 

 

If you’re planning a road trip, the GoCar rental service is a common option among Dubliners - expats and locals alike. Keep in mind, though, that renting a car for a day usually turns out more expensive than what you would pay for a train ticket, had you chosen to get to your destination by public transport. 


 

The Leap Card

 

If you are staying in Dublin long-term and are planning to use public transport frequently, get yourself equipped with the Leap Card. It is a prepaid travel card valid for various types of public transport including buses, Luas, the DART, and more. 

 

You can purchase the card online - you will need to pay a €5 refundable deposit, and initially top it up with a minimum of another €5. Then, you can recharge it as you go - at a ticket machine, at an outlet, online, or through the app. 

 

The Leap Card is not only handy for holding all kinds of tickets - it will also help you save up to 31% on your journeys. Using it is also very simple - on the train or Luas, you touch it to the validator twice: when you hop on, and then off. Don’t forget to “sign off” as you get off, as it may think you keep going and continue charging you for the further journey!

 

On the bus, you only touch the card to the sensor once - upon entering. Don’t tap it again when you leave, or you will pay twice! Also, the best way to validate your Leap Card on the bus is to do it directly with the driver. If you tell them where you’re going, they will be able to charge you only the relevant amount, and you can avoid paying the standard fare for a shorter journey. 

 

There are different types of Leap Cards, depending on your age. Make sure to select the correct age bracket for you while ordering your card through the website!


Dublin Airport

 

Like most airports, the Dublin airport is not actually located in Dublin. It’s in Collinstown, some 8.5 km North of the city. The distance might seem like nothing, but do reserve a minimum of 30 minutes for getting from the airport to the centre. Better safe than sorry!

 

Shuttle - there are various shuttle services offering direct connections between the airport and the city centre. Choose your preferable one among Aircoach, Hoppa, and Airlink Express. The pricing varies, so please consult each individual website for more information about how much you can expect to pay for the transfer.

 

Bus - aside from special coaches, you can also catch a ride on a regular city bus. Numbers 16, 41, and 102 are some of the buses to look out for. 

 

Train & tram - there aren’t any direct train or tram connections between Dublin city centre and the airport yet. You can use the aforementioned Journey Planner to find a bus connection that will allow you to change for a train on your way to/from the Dublin Airport. 

 

Taxi - probably the most comfortable option, especially for bigger groups travelling together - but also the most costly one. Expect a fare of €25 - €30 for a direct transfer between the airport and the city centre. 

 

Feeling lost still? Have a look at the map of rail and airport bus services to plan out your options. 


 

  1. Housing in Dublin


 

Flat hunt

 

One thing to keep in mind before moving to Dublin for work is that the prices of accommodation there are among the highest in Europe. Especially in the recent years, the rents have skyrocketed, leaving many moving outside of the city or sharing flats. 

 

The monthly costs of a flat close to the city centre start from €2000/month. This number will lower slightly the further away from downtown Dublin you move, or if you rent a room in a shared apartment. 

 

Given the compact size of the city, the accommodation options are limited. And adding to that the growing number of expats interested in relocating to Dublin, the demand is very high. This means that it might be challenging to find a flat as they are usually gone as soon as they appear online - even more so if the price is attractive. 

 

What many expats in Dublin recommend is to sign up for alerts about newly-published ads so that you can react instantly. And as soon as you’re notified about a new room or flat popping up on the market, don’t hesitate - apply ASAP. Send the email, call, set up a viewing; do whatever is necessary to get ahead of the other flat seekers desperate for a place to live. 

 

It is recommended to include some basic information about you in your application - age, interests and hobbies, occupation, how long you’re staying for, what kind of person you are. Each landlord receives dozens of applications daily, so it might be beneficial for you to stand out by adding a little personal touch to yours.

 

Landlords in Dublin may also require additional documents, such as recommendations from previous landlords, as well as proof of employment and maybe even bank statements to prove you earn enough to pay your rent every month. Make sure to inform them in your application that you have all those documents ready and are happy to send them over if they need you to. 

 

Important: due to the high demand and equally high prices when it comes to accommodation in Dublin, scam is unfortunately running rampant. Be careful about whom you trust with your money and personal information: don’t rent a flat you haven’t previously seen, don’t trust offers that are suspiciously cheap, and look out for red flags such as the landlord refusing to contact you via a video call or through any communicator other than WhatsApp. 

 

You have probably heard this enough times to roll your eyes when you hear it again, but we will repeat it because it’s real: if an offer seems too good to be true, it most likely is! 


 

Helpful websites for finding accommodation in Dublin:

 

  • Daft

  • Rent

  • My Home

  • Rentberry

  • Facebook groups such as Dublin Rent a Room (but again, beware of scams!)

  • *Homestay - it’s a service where locals advertise rooms they are willing to rent for periods of up to a few weeks. You won’t find permanent accommodation there, but it’s a good option for your initial stay while you search for a flat, and you can meet lovely locals who will introduce you to the city and its vibrant culture!



 

Where to live? Districts in Dublin

 

Where you live in Dublin will most likely depend on the budget you have. Some areas are more expensive than others, so because every part of the city has something good to offer, and none of them are particularly far away from one another, the finances are usually the main motivator when choosing the right place to live. 

 

Silicon Docks/Grand Canal Dock neighbourhood - probably the most expensive district of Dublin. That is because this is where most of the headquarters of international companies such as Facebook, Airbnb or Google are located. The Silicon Docks are also home to the largest musical theatre in Ireland - the Board Gais. It is an expat-dominated neighbourhood full of vibrant cafes, restaurants, and bars.


 

Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount, Ballsbridge - areas most commonly occupied by the locals. If you’d like to experience living among “true Dubliners” (rather than “blow-ins”, as the Irish refer to expats) and blend in, you may want to look around these neighbourhoods.


 

Ranelagh and Rathmines - both have a cosy, neighbourhood feel to them. They are where you will head for shopping, brunch, or dinner with family or friends. Due to the number of good schools nearby, they are a common choice for families with children. Both are referred to as “a compromise between residential and central city”. 

 

Generally, the Southside neighbourhoods are most commonly recommended, especially the areas closest to the river. They are said to be safer and located close to the life of the city. However, they are also the most expensive. 

 

The North inner city, on the other hand, is cheaper but hosts some dodgy areas. Still, Dublin in general is considered a safe city - every place has its darker corner, so it’s good to be aware of where it is, but it’s also unnecessary to become paranoid. 

 

Just like with any other bigger city, if you choose to live in the centre, your most common option will be flats and apartments. The outskirts are usually dominated by houses. The areas around the universities in Dublin are usually suburban, inhabited by families. The one exception to that is the neighbourhood of the most prestigious school, Trinity College, which is located directly in the centre. 


 

  1. Living like a local


 

People

 

About 20% of Dublin’s population consists of expats. That means that you should be aware that not every person you meet in a pub or in the street will be a local. However, when you do come across a true, Irish-born Dubliner, it might be helpful to learn about how they are perceived as a nation by fellow expats. 

 

The Irish are described as very laid-back, casual people. They are incredibly friendly and light-hearted, never hesitating to help out someone who looks lost or is in trouble. They have an admirable knack for appreciating the little things in life, which is probably why they also have an opinion of being stress-free. 

 

A common observation is that the Irish don’t make a big fuss of small things - even if they are bothered by something, they will choose to suffer silently and won’t ruin your day by grumbling about it. When a train or a bus doesn’t show up on time, you will hear them sigh under their breath, but it’s unlikely they will go on a 20-minute rant about how unfair life is. 

 

Another aspect that makes them come off as friendly is their nice habit of saying “thank you” and “sorry” on a daily basis. They are also very humble, don’t brag, and live by the motto of “it will be grand” (everything is going to be okay). 

 

Dublin is also a very young city: 50% of its citizens are under the age of 25. Many expats consider the Irish attitude one to be admired - it is very impressive to go through every day with a grand dose of positivity, especially when the weather doesn’t always make it easy. 


 

Useful resources to meet people in Dublin:

 

  • Meetup is very popular among expats in Dublin (especially the New and Not So New in Dublin group)

  • Boards is a forum where incoming expats can ask all kinds of questions. It is a mix of locals and foreigners, so aside from a resource for seeking advice, it can also be a good spot for meeting new people. 

 


 

The LGBTQ+ community in Dublin

 

With the wave of innovation currently flooding Dublin, the city is shedding its conservative nature. It’s becoming more open, tolerant, and welcoming for representatives of all cultures, beliefs, and sexual orientations. Ireland was the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage on a national level by popular vote in 2015. Since then, Ireland has welcomed its first openly gay and biracial Head of Government, and voted to scrape the abortion ban. 

 

The perfect proof of Dublin’s open-mindedness is the Dublin LGBTQ Pride parade that takes place every June. It’s a major event - one of the most important ones throughout the year. This celebration of diversity has been developing since the 70’s, and now it welcomes thousands upon thousands of participants every year!

 

Ireland as a country also made it to Nomadic Boys’ list of most gay-friendly countries in the world. And they truly have been everywhere, so they know what they’re talking about! It also ranked 18th in Spartakus (gay travel index) in 2021.


 

Language

 

There are 2 official languages in Ireland: Gaelic (Irish) and English. The former is a feat to both learn and understand, but the good news is, you must be incredibly lucky - or perhaps not, if you don’t understand it - to hear it spoken in Dublin. Given how international the city is, your only interaction with Gaelic in the capital might be the road signs featuring both languages. 

 

Even though Gaelic is predominantly spoken in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) regions and Dublin is generally not one of them, it might be useful to learn a few basic phrases in the language: 

 

  • Dia dhuit (dee-ya-gwitch) - Hello (it literally means “God be with you”)

  • Conas tá tú? (cunus-ataw-two) - How are you? (It can also be used as a greeting)

  • Sláinte! (slawn-cha) - Cheers! (it literally means “good health”)

  • Slán (slahn) - Goodbye (it literally means “safe”)

  • Gabh Mo Leithscéal (ga-mo-lash-kheo) - Excuse me

  • Le de thoil (leh-deh-hel) - Please (it literally means “with your will”)

  • Go raibh maith agat (goh-roh-mah-aghat) - Thank you (it literally means “may you have goodness”)

  • Ní thuigim (ni-highim) - I don’t understand

  • Tá (tha) - Yes 

  • Níl - No

Disclaimer: Please bear in mind that the phonetic notes were made by the author based on examples of pronunciation I found online - I tried really hard to interpret the sounds correctly but I don’t speak any Irish, so please excuse me if I butchered some of the words! 

Now that you already speak some Gaelic, we have bad news for you. Irish English is very different from the English you probably know. Aside from the very strong accent that might require some getting used to, English with an Irish twist also includes some whole new expressions you might not be familiar with prior to coming to Dublin! Below, you can find a list of some of the Irish slang:

  • It’s grand - It’s fine

  • Craic - Fun (it’s not just a word, more like a concept!)

  • Yer man - That guy

  • Fluthered - Very drunk

  • Knackered - Exhausted 

  • Blow-in - Expat (or just someone who is not a local)

  • The Jacks - Toilet

  • Any use? - Is it any good?

  • Give it a lash/give it a shot - Give it a go/try it

  • Slagging - Making fun of

  • C’mere to me - Doesn’t necessarily mean you have to come closer, it can just mean “listen up”

 

Save the Date

 

National Holidays in Ireland

 

Ireland shares most public holidays such as New Year’s, Easter or Christmas with the rest of Europe. There are 10 public holidays a year in Ireland, and those specific to the country include:

 

March 17th - Saint Patrick’s Day

December 26th - St Stephen’s Day

 

You are now probably wondering what about the rest of the bank holidays. After all, we did say there are 10 of them. We didn’t lie - aside from dates connected to a specific event, there are also 4 national holidays in Ireland that do not come attached to a special occasion, but you can expect a day off then. They are: the first Monday in May, June and August, and the last Monday in October.

What’s more, beginning from 2023, you can expect an additional public holiday in Ireland. Previously, there had been 9 bank holidays a year, but from the next year on, the Irish will also celebrate St Brigid’s Day. 

It will fall on the first Monday of February - unless St Brigid’s Day (February 1st) happens to fall on a Friday. Then, the Friday 1st February will be a public holiday. Sounds complicated, but it’s only to make sure the day never falls in the middle of the week, so that the Irish can enjoy a nice, long weekend with either a Monday or Friday off. 

 

 

Events in Dublin

 

Tradfest (January) - this lively festival taking place in the famous Temple Bar pays homage to all kinds of folk music from all corners the island. The organisers aim to merge tradition with innovation, doing their best to please both fans of folk in its purest form and inspire those who seek new music combinations. 

Have a look at this year’s dates, artists, and programme on Tradfest’s official website.

 

St Patrick’s Day celebrations (March 17th) - the day commemorating the death of Ireland’s patron saint is one of the most important days of the year for its citizens. The Irish don green, consume pints, and participate in a parade taking place in the centre of Dublin. 

You may have heard about celebrations as large as dying the river green, but in fact, grand gestures like that actually mostly happen outside of Ireland. Irish immigrants missing their homeland use this day to go big on commemorating their traditions. That is not to say that the Irish living in Ireland don’t care, but they just choose to celebrate with a bit less fanfare. 

 

Dublin Marathon (October) - dubbed “The Friendly Marathon”, this largest marathon in Ireland is a part of a series including 4 other races. Held on the last Sunday of October (in 2022, that means October 30th), it unites fans of running from inside and outside of Ireland. The entries for this year’s edition (the first one after 2 previous editions having been cancelled due to the pandemic!) are already closed, but you can always come and cheer on the contestants!

If you’re thinking about accepting the challenge and signing up for the next year, you can do it on Dublin Marathon’s official website. Aside from the trophy, the winner can count on the prize of €12 000! And even if you don’t come first, there is always the pride and feeling of fulfilness that will certainly come with crossing the finish line. 

For a full list of Dublin events described much better than we could, visit the In Your Pocket city guide to Dublin!

 

5. Fun things to do around the city

 

Irish cuisine

 

You may have been met with the statement that there is not much to the Irish cuisine. But that’s not true at all! It is a fact that it may not be as rich as the Italian or Greek one, but Ireland does have some very special dishes to brag about!

 

Irish stew - there are as many recipes for this hearty dish as many cooks you ask. There is no common definition for this meal, but it usually consists of root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes in a thick sauce with the addition of lamb, mutton, or beef. 

Boxty - what hides behind this affectionate name is a crispy, golden, mouthwatering potato pancake. All hail potatoes!

Colcannon - creamy mashed potatoes mixed with either cabbage or kale. 

Champ - very similar to colcannon, with one main difference: instead of kale or cabbage, you will find scallions or green onions blended in with the yummy mash.

Coddle - another meal without a strict recipe. Its main purpose - aside from filling bellies and being delicious - is to use up all leftovers one might find in their fridge at the end of the week. Therefore, it consists of layers of - you guessed it - potatoes, sausages, onions, bacon, and rich herbs. Some might also add other types of vegetables - depending on what they encounter lying abandoned at the bottom of their vegetable drawer!

Seafood - Ireland is an island. That means one thing: a variety of fresh seafood. When we think about shrimps, clams, or any other shellfish, the first countries that come to our mind are probably the Mediterranean ones. But actually, due to the access to the Irish Sea from one side and the ocean from the other, seafood has a prominent presence in the Irish cuisine!

Beef - another important element of the Irish cuisine. Ireland benefits from thousands of square miles of green pastures, perfect for raising cows. Therefore, next to lamb and mutton, beef figures on the Irish tables quite often. 

Soda bread - a quick type of bread, typical for Ireland, that doesn’t require any yeast. Commonly coming in a round shape, it can be plain or sport an addition in the form of raisins. 

Black & white pudding - a kind of sausage made of pork or beef fat mixed with cereal: oats, groats, barley, etc. The black pudding owes its colour to an additional ingredient you won’t find in the white one: pork or beef blood. Many find it controversial, but it is a delicacy both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. 

Irish breakfast - very similar to the famous English breakfast, with a few subtle differences. Although we’re not experts, our sources claim that the main one is that whereas you would find baked beans in the English breakfast, in the Irish one, you can expect fried tomatoes instead. The kind of sausages involved is supposedly a bit different, and instead of toasts, soda bread is more commonly served with the Irish breakfast. Other ingredients forming a part of this dish are: bacon, fried eggs (most commonly sunny side up, but can also be scrambled), and white and black pudding. 

We cannot deny that the Irish cuisine does not have much to offer for vegans and vegetarians. You may have noticed, however, that there are quite a few dishes featuring potatoes, so in the worst case, a herbivore visiting Ireland may just expect an increased dosage of starch!

The famous Irish stew

 

Beverages

One must not omit the drinks category when discussing Irish delicacies, as there are few cultures where the drink stage is just as prominent as the cuisine. Here are the drinks that make every Irish person proud:

Whiskey - not to confuse with whisky! In truth, the main difference between whisky and whiskey is its country of origin. Whisky is the American way of spelling, but be careful to differentiate between them in the presence of an Irish! The spirit itself is pretty self-explanatory - we all know it, but it’s crucial to remember that Ireland is one of its most prominent - and excellent - producers.

Beer - the Irish are equally proud of their beer as they are of their whiskey - if not more. The most commonly known brand is probably Guinness, but there are many, many local breweries dotted all around the island producing various kinds of crafts beer.

Poitín - whereas you have probably heard about Irish beer and whiskey, there might be no bells ringing when it comes to this one. Also known as “Irish moonshine”, poitín is very, very strong - so strong, in fact, that it was once announced illegal! The name closely coincides with the Gaelic word for a hangover - poít. 

Tea - those who aren’t fans of alcoholic drinks can indulge in this undeniable classic. Irish tea blends are strong, served either black or with sugar or milk. That is not to say that you absolutely cannot drink tea with lemon while in Ireland - you are free to do so, but be aware that it isn’t how the Irish do it!

 

Dublin’s best food places

 

According to many expats, eating out in Dublin is quite reasonable compared with other costs of living in this city (for example accommodation and public transport). That is not to say you should expect a 3-course meal for €15 - the prices will still be leaning towards the higher end of the scale, but they tend not to terrify as much as the prospect of paying rent at the end of the month. 

 

Some of the best options for indulging in a nice meal are:

The Winding Stair - named to honour a famous poem by William Yeats, this restaurant has established its position as one of the most famous ones in Dublin over the years. You can enjoy a traditional Irish meal with an innovative twist and a pint of local beer while admiring the excellent view of the River Laffey. Great emphasis is put on using fresh, seasonal products grown locally on the island. 

Chapter One - the perfect option if you’re looking to experience a meal in a restaurant awarded 2 Michelin stars. As expected, it is not a budget venue, but the quality of the gourmet Irish dishes is definitely worth the price. 

The Abbey Tavern - located in the building dating back to the 16th century, the tavern has been entertaining its patrons with good food and good music for many years. Very climatic; with a long history, stone walls, and warm fireplaces, it is the best spot to move back in time and experience the Irish culture at its roots. 

Wuff - this cosy venue squeezed in-between climatic brick buildings is THE spot to try the true Irish breakfast. Frequented by both tourists and locals, it is a common choice whether one is looking for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. Brunches are served all the way until 4pm, so you can fit a tasty meal in at any time during your daily schedule.

Fish Shop - the tiny restaurant is easy to miss, so we’re making sure you don’t! It is the perfect proof that size does not matter, as the quality of its food is amazing! Experience fish and chips on a new level - the kind of fish you can expect depends on the catch of the day, as the restaurant only serves freshly-caught fish, delivered straight from the Atlantic Ocean onto your plate!

Cornucopia - a delicious option for all the vegans and vegetarians out there. The menu changes daily, offering a fine selection of plant-based, gluten-free meals. If you happen to fall in love with their dishes, you can re-create them at home, as it is possible to purchase Cornucopia’s cookbook at the restaurant!

La Cave Wine Bar & Restaurant - if you are looking for a late-night venue, this place with an impressive collection of delicious wines is just the place to go. You can enjoy a wine tasting, or sip a glass with a meal. Perfect to visit on a date, with friends or family, or even alone. 

 

Cafés 

 

Dublin is praised by many for its well-developed craft coffee scene. The city is dotted with cosy, delicious, artisan coffee shops and cafés waiting to welcome you in on a rainy day. Here is a selection of just a few of them:

 

3FE - impossible to find a Dublin guide where this venue wouldn’t be mentioned. Famous literally all around the world, this café operates in a few different locations all around Dublin. It also runs a shop where you can choose from a variety of blends and equipment indispensable in attempting to recreate some of their best creations at home. 

 

The Cake Café - as the name suggests, aside from good coffee, the focus of this place is on cakes. And what a variety of them they offer! If you’re not much of a sweet tooth, you can find delicious lunches served here as well. And, to top it all off, you can also attend a baking class with the café’s cake master! 

 

Kaph - masters in the speciality coffee domain. The minimal decor is intentional, aimed to turn all your attention to the delicious coffee you can find there. The brand is also involved in the cultural life of Dublin, acting as an event hub for both locals and tourists.

 

Bewley’s - a treat for both fans of coffee and those who prefer tea. Its grand exterior builds up huge expectations for the quality of service delivered inside - and you won’t be disappointed. This elegant café with huge windows and mahogany accents pays attention to sustainability and is environmentally conscious.

 

The Tram Café - a truly one-of-a-kind venue. Located inside the car of a vintage tram, it offers not only a unique experience, but also extremely good coffee. You don’t have to worry about the flashy exterior stealing the thunder of the products served - they will leave you satisfied!

 

Lemon Jelly - the venue hiding behind this cute name is the perfect choice for large groups of friends or big family reunions. The main issue with cafés in Dublin is that more often than not, you might not be able to find an empty table. You won’t have to worry about that in Lemon Jelly Café - it is very bright, spacious, and offers lots of seating space, able to host up to 60 guests!


 

Nightlife

 

The nightlife in Dublin primarily revolves around pubs. From grabbing a pint to chattering the night away or catching a game in a nice company, pubs are the main stage for entertainment on cosy afternoons and eventful nights. 

 

Neary’s - locals’ favourite. Due to its proximity to the Gaiety Theatre, it has a deep connection with culture. Most of its original features have remained intact since its establishment back in 1887. Due to its important for the local pub culture, you will be lucky to find a spot here on a Saturday night, but it’s definitely worth a try!

 

The Cobblestone - commonly acclaimed as the best pub in Dublin for live music - including some good old traditional Irish tunes! Not directly in the city centre, but it’s worth every cent you’re going to spend on the taxi or bus - and then some. 

 

Toners - for a bit of contrast, this one is located right in the city centre of Dublin. Aside from its climatic interior, it is also famous for its cosy snug (highly sought-after and nearly impossible to get). Back in the day, it served as a hangout spot for big names from the world of literature such as Yeats or Kavanagh.   

 

The Norseman - located in the heart of the bustling Temple Bar area, it attracts patrons with its bright teal exterior that stands out among other pubs. It collaborates with local breweries and organises “tap takeovers”, rotating the selection, so you can always expect a different variety of crafts beers waiting to be sampled. 

 

The Stag’s Head - we couldn’t not mention this one. Upon entering this pub, you will be transformed straight into the Victorian era, with the perfectly-preserved interior remaining unchanged since those golden times. As one of the most popular pubs in the whole Dublin, it is a must on every visitor’s bucket list.

 

Grogan’s - the fact that finding a seat in this one borders on a miracle should tell you all you need to know about its excellence. But don’t worry - it is not uncommon for visitors to grab a pint and head out to linger in front of the venue. What makes this place really stand out, though, is the welcoming, friendly staff. 


 

Places to Go / Things to Do

 

Just in case you are still wondering why so many people choose Dublin as their next expat destination: there are many reasons. This city has a lot to offer, and below you can find just a few examples:

 

Parks

 

Phoenix Park - with an impressive area of 707 hectares (7.07 km²), it is one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. As it used to serve as a hunting ground for the royalty a long time ago, it is still famous for its population of deer. Where else in the world will you find wild fauna just prancing around in the very heart of the city?

 

Barbecues are forbidden in the Phoenix Park, but you can still spend a good time having a few drinks on the lush grass, enjoying the sunshine (if you’re lucky enough to find it), or simply having a pleasant stroll. It is also home to several tea rooms scattered around the premises, a Zoo, Victorian Flower Gardens, a pond, cycling trails, and various sports areas.


 

National Botanic Gardens - you can’t come here to have a picnic or play sports, but there are plenty of other things to do. Discover species of flora you have never encountered before, visit the glasshouses, herbarium, and library. The gardens also organise a variety of events, so make sure to stay up-to-date with their programme! You won’t need to bring any change with you, either, as the entrance is absolutely free.


 

St Stephen’s Green Park - a family-friendly hang-out spot in the middle of the bustling city. You can come here during your lunch break to get a whiff of fresh air and let your computer-tired eyes rest by taking in the green surrounding you. It’s also a great spot to bring your children, as there is a playground available. 


 

Killiney Hill - it’s not as much a park as a hiking spot. Its location on the outskirts of Dublin keeps it secluded enough for wilderness in all forms to thrive. The hike is not a demanding climb, but it’s not a leisurely stroll, either, so it’s perfect for those who require a bit of a twist to their daily activities. Its location on top of the cliffs provides a breathtaking view of the sea, helping you reset from the city life and feel as one with the nature.

 

 

Museums

 

The Museum of Natural History - don’t let its nickname, “The Dead Zoo”, discourage you. The museum is your opportunity for a close meeting with many, many species of the local fauna. It is very commonly acclaimed as one of the best free things to do in Dublin! The bad news is, it is currently temporarily closed until further notice for some reconstruction works, but at some point, it will be back!

 

If you’re more interested in anthropology rather than biology, visit the main branch - National History Museum. There, you will be able to see an exhibition of various artefacts, and even mummified remains - perfectly preserved due to the bogs they had been buried in.

 

The National Gallery of Ireland - another classic. A big city simply cannot exist without an art gallery of its own. It is the perfect place to wander to on a rainy day, to stroll around the wide halls and soak in the art surrounding you. All the more that the entrance is free! 

 

For those who are more into contemporary rather than classic art, there is also the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)!


 

14 Henrietta Street - this unique museum is entirely located within one townhouse. A visit to it is like a travel in time - you will be transformed into a typical flat from the past, and experience the daily life of Irish people across three centuries. History is told through a cluster of stories of individual families, and following them through times of joy and struggle will have you leaving the building with a tear in the corner of your eye.


 

The Little Museum of Dublin - what hides behind this adorable name is a place where you can learn all about the history of the Irish capital. Expect a lot of fun facts, all the way from old times to the present! And the best part? It also organises the Big Little Treasure Hunt around St Stephen’s Green! If you purchase a ticket for this fun activity, you automatically get a free entry into the Little Museum and MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland).


 

EPIC (The Irish Immigration Museum) - a museum dedicated solely to expats? Yes, please! Despite being one of the newest attractions in Dublin (opened in 2016), it enjoys great popularity. Listen to fascinating stories by immigrants who found their home on the Emerald Island and learn what it really means to be Irish. 


 

Chester Beatty - an unjustly underrated gem in Dublin. The museum is home to a collection of artefacts acquired by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty during his lifetime. You can admire one-of-a-kind manuscripts, prints, and books from all corners of the world. The entrance is absolutely free.


 

The Dublin Pass

 

Most of the attractions we have recommended here so far have free entry. However, given how there are over 40 museums in Dublin, not to mention heaps upon heaps of other places worth your attention, you might find it beneficial to invest in the Dublin Pass.

 

The price depends on how many days you need the pass for - the options vary from 1 to 5 days (with the long-term ones obviously being more cost-efficient). Generally, seasoned expats in Dublin declare that if you’re planning a sightseeing spree on which you plan on visiting more than 4-5 paid attractions, then the Dublin Pass definitely pays off.

 

The way it works is simple: you purchase your pass, download the app or print it out, and instead of buying each ticket separately, you show the pass at the entry. Check the list of attractions that accept the Dublin Pass before you plan your trip.

 

Remember: even with the pass, some attractions welcoming more traffic will still require you to book your visit in advance. Always consult the official website in advance. 



 

Other spots

 

Beaches - a country located on an island means instant (or near-instant) access to many charming beaches. The most commonly-recommended ones include Portmarnock and Sandymount, but the best way is probably to explore and find your own secret spot! 

 

Ireland is also home to many Blue Flag Beaches, so we recommend starting your hunt for your perfect beach in Ireland there.


 

Mountains - aside from its proximity to the sea, Dublin is also a stone's throw away from beautiful mountain ranges. The Dublin and Wicklow Mountains are located about an hour away from the centre of the city, so they’re the perfect option for a day trip and a little escape from city life.


 

Howth Head - a peninsula located about an hour East of the centre of Dublin. It’s famous for its lighthouse, beaches, golf park, and Howth Castle but most of all, the Green Route. Walk along the beaches and cliffs of Howth, let the wind whip at your clothes and hair, and lose yourself in gazing out into the panorama of the sea. 


 

UNESCO Biosphere of Dublin Bay - the world’s one and only Biosphere Reserve including in its terrain a capital city. A very bio-diverse land in the area of the Dublin Bay, offering breathtaking views and a deep connection to nature. Visit with utmost care and respect!



 

Sports 

 

Ireland prides itself in a variety of national sports exclusive to the country. 

 

Gaelic football - not to be confused with classic football. It’s not just the case of adding the adjective “Gaelic” in the front to make it Gaelic. This sport is really different from what the rest of the world commonly knows as football (or soccer).  

 

To begin with, you may think that being called football, it is played with, well, feet. You would be wrong. Gaelic football is a cross between classic football, rugby, and handball: the ball is round, carried in the players’ hands, and the goal posts are H-shaped. 


 

Hurling - pride of the Irish. A cross between rugby, football, and baseball. Finding it hard to imagine? Frankly, us too. What we can tell you is that it involves H-shaped goalposts (like in rugby), a ball resembling the one you use to play baseball, and sticks (properly called hurleys). However, if you’re interested in finding out more about the rules, we redirect you to an expert.

 

Camogie - same as hurling, but for women (hurling is for men).

 

Aside from the sports typical for the country, the Irish are also passionate about rugby. You will often find them clustered in pubs, enjoying a pint over a game. The abundance of vast, green spaces makes for a perfect environment for golf courses - for that reason, golf is also a commonly enjoyed sport in Ireland. 

 

The access to the sea and ocean encourages all kinds of water sports - kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and surfing. The surfing culture is developing in Ireland, especially on the coast accessing the ocean, where surfers can enjoy the perfect waves. 

 

For those who would rather remain dry and admire the sea from the distance, the hilly landscape of Ireland guarantees multiple hiking spots all over the country. 


Hurling

 

Shopping in Dublin

 

Moore Street - Dublin’s main shopping street. It’s home to Dublin’s oldest open-air food market, which has become quite a landmark. Come here for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other groceries.


 

Grafton Street - located in the close neighbourhood of St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College, you can’t miss this bustling shopping street in the heart of Dublin. Unlike Moore Street, with its food market, here you will find clothing brands and fast food chains.


 

Dundrum Town Centre - the largest shopping centre in Ireland. You can find any international brand you can probably imagine here, so it’s the spot for when you’re in the mood for a good, hours-long shopping spree.


 

6. Cost of Living in Dublin, Ireland

 

Ireland is not a cheap capital - that much is obvious. The biggest costs are usually related to housing and public transport, but in the following section, you will find out more about other kinds of expenses. You can use this online comparer to see how the cost of living in Dublin differs from that in your current location.


 

Food/Grocery shopping

 

According to Janelle from Make the Trip Matter, the average monthly cost of living for a single person, excluding rent, in June 2021 amounted to €900. Of course, not all of that is spent on groceries (one must eat a lot to spend this much on just food), but everyday shopping probably takes up a large part of this sum.

 

Below, you can find a detailed shopping list you can expect in Dublin:

 

 

Other expenses

 

Not counting indulging in guilty pleasures such as entertainment or eating out, other necessary expenses include phone bills, broadband, and the TV. 

 

Some of the most common telephone companies in Ireland include:

 

 

You can use this comparer to inspect costs in this category. Commission for Communications Regulations, on the other hand, will allow you to compare the value of services such as mobile phones, wifi, and TV across different companies.


 

Taxes

 

The levels of income tax in Ireland are among the lowest in the world - yet another reason to pick Dublin as your next expat destination! There is no general tax rate that would apply to everyone - the amount of tax you pay depends on your income and individual circumstances.

 

The Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme applies in Ireland. This simply means that income tax is directly deducted from the salary. You can use the Irish PAYE tax calculator to work out an estimate of how much income tax you would be expected to pay in Dublin.


 

Medical Care

 

We have explained before what requirements need to be met in order to obtain the Social Security PPS number but unfortunately, that is not all that needs to be done to access everything the Irish healthcare system has to offer. Not all medical costs are covered by Social Security in Ireland. 

 

All ordinary residents in Ireland are entitled to apply for access to medical services that are free or come at a reduced cost. What does it mean to be an ordinary resident?

 

The official definition of an ordinary resident in Ireland is “someone who has been living in Ireland for at least a year or intends to live there for at least one year”.

 

The access to medical services is granted through the medical card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

 

The medical card grants access to free services such as:

 

  • Visits to GP and public hospitals 

  • Prescribed medicine (although some prescription charges may apply)

  • Certain dental, aural, and optical services

  • Maternity and infant care services

  • Community care and personal social services

 

Your eligibility for the medical card depends on your household income. To qualify for it, your earnings must not exceed a certain figure that is established based on the size of your family. 

 

You can find the means test together with the table explaining how much you may earn to qualify for the medical card based on your situation here.

 

If after checking the requirements, you estimate that you are eligible for the medical card, you may apply at the Health Service Executive website.

 

The HSE will first have to establish whether you are an ordinary resident of Ireland. In order to do that, they may require you to submit proof documents such as:

 

  • A current utility bill

  • Valid insurance policy signed in your name

  • Proof of purchase/rental of property, including a confirmation that the property is your principal residence

  • A statement letter from a financial institution (for example bank statement)

  • An official document from the government (for example proof of rent)

 

Your application will first be assessed for the medical card. If the commission decides that you do not fit into the financial restrictions that would enable you to receive a medical card, you may still be granted the GP visit card. No other application needs to be submitted - your data will be automatically forwarded to the correct department if your medical card application is denied. 

 

The GP visit card grants you free visits to the GP. It does not, however, allow you to access hospital services without charge - you will need to pay for those on your own. 


Private insurance

 

Despite the support offered by the Irish government, many still opt to invest in private insurance. This is because not all residents in Ireland can obtain the medical card and gain free access to the healthcare system. Those who do often point out that the waiting time for a visit with an expert is often much longer in the public health system than with private insurance (the waitlist can be weeks to sometimes even months long).

 

Private medical insurance in Ireland is often offered directly by the employer. Therefore, the deals will differ, depending on the companies and packages a certain company chooses to go with. 

 

The basic packages usually include visits to the GP and the hospital, as well as the costs of vaccinations and rehabilitation. The extended package may also come with dental care, optician services, pregnancy care, and even fitness centres!

 

Easy Expat provides extensive information about private insurance in Ireland, including providers.

 

Films and books set in Dublin

The charming streets of Dublin have inspired many directors and authors throughout the years. If you'd like to see the city through the lenses of the camera, or the eye of your imagination upon reading about it, check out our suggestions: 

 

Movies

 

  • Michael Collins (1996)

Set in Ireland in the year 1916. It tells the story of the life of the historical character Michael John Collins, an Irish revolutionary leader, member of the IRA who had an important role during the war of independence and the Irish civil war until the creation of  Ireland’s Republic.


 

  • The commitments (1991)

Based on the novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle, the film tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young Dubliner who has the dream of creating a music band to spread soul music in his city.

It was shot in different parts of North and Central Dublin. In some sequences, the streets of Temple Bar and Camden Street appear, and we can also see the Mansion House.

 

  • About Adam (2000)

 A romantic comedy set in Dublin about Lucy Owens, a young waitress who falls in love with a seductive and mysterious young man, Adam. Confident that she has met the man of her life, she introduces him to her family - but she couldn't have known that her fiancé will also seduce her sisters.

 

  • Albert Nobbs (2011)

Set in 19th century Ireland, this film is based on George Moore's short story The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. It is about a woman who, in order to get a job as a butler at a famous Morrison hotel in Dublin, disguises herself as a man to the point of losing her own identity.


 

Books

 

  • Dubliners by James Joyce

A book that collects 15 stories where the author reflects very well on the Irish society of the time (1914), a period just before the independence of Irish Catholicism from English Protestantism, with different characters of various ages and conditions. This period was characterized by a stagnant and immobilized society that Joyce criticizes in the book.

 

  • Waking Up In Dublin by Mic Moroney

An amazing guide to the best artists, clubs, and pubs that represent the music and culture of the Irish Celtic capital. The book contains interviews with great musical icons such as U2, The Corrs, and Christy Moore - among many others.

 

  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

This is a fictional novel about two university students in Dublin who meet a married couple with whom they end up having a ménage à quatre. A free love story that vindicates unconventional relationships with a touch of humour and a feminist point of view. The novel has a series adaptation of the same name on HBO.

 

  • Broken Harbour by Tana French

The novel starts with the Spain family incident that ends with the murder of Patrick Spain and his two children, and his wife seriously injured. The famous detective Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy must take charge of the investigation of the case that happened in Broken Harbor. Too many mysteries and unexplained events will affect the detective and remind him of a dark childhood memory, something that happened to his family one summer in that same neighbourhood.

 

Dublin Playlist

How many Irish musicians do you know? The odds are, a lot! Many world-renowned artists come from Ireland - either Dublin itself, or corners of the Emerald Island. Have a look at our Dublin Playlist and see how many you could name!

 

So! Did this European capital with a small-town feeling manage to capture your heart, like it has so many others? Dublin is lively and lovely, proud of its incredible cultural scene. The high quality of life draws expats in like moths to a flame, and the one-of-a-kind climate keeps them there like glue. Are you going to be one of them? Take the first step and find your job in Dublin to start your adventure on the Emerald Island!