Living in Ireland
Despite the hit of the 2008-2009 financial crises, Ireland remained a strong nation that stood firm in the face of adversity. Ireland continues to prove the world that its untarnished picturesque beauty and unwavering determination are some of the reasons why it has always been a hotspot for expats.
Ireland’s total number of inhabitants as of 2016 is 4.7million making it one of the smallest countries in the European Union when it comes to population. The low number of residents is one of the major luring forces that drive foreign nationals in Ireland because there is no problem of overcrowding which is common among leading destinations abroad. Aside from securing a job and a home, here are some other factors that every expats must know after deciding to move to Ireland.
Ireland’s climate is strongly influenced by its location near the Atlantic Ocean. It is rare for people to feel too much heat because the average daily temperature is only 50⁰ F. The country is always visited by the North Atlantic Current, a soothing ocean breeze that keeps the temperature moderate and constant rainfall that ranges from mist to mild showers.
Ireland has four seasons: springtime which occurs in the months of February to April, summers from May until July where the hottest temperature that expats will experience is 68⁰F, autumn from August till October then followed by winter which usually starts in January and ends in February.
Expats are advised to bring clothes that can adapt to the country’s different types of weather. Instead of bringing winter clothes made of thick fur, they can opt for different kinds of garments that can be layered on top of each other. Sweaters and shawls are a must have as well as waterproof or rain gears to protect them during the wet days.
Food and Dining
Authentic Irish cuisine has strong local and English influences. Historically speaking, the staples of an authentic Irish diet are grains such as oats as well as wheat and barley that are either prepared as bread or porridge. When potatoes arrived in the 16th century, it profoundly influenced the local cuisine and had been part of almost every dish such as soups. Nowadays, Irish stews, bacon and cabbage are the three national foods of the country. It is on the menu of every Irish restaurant and is served by locals whether in a simple gathering or a huge festival.
Eating out in restaurant has become a bit costly in Ireland recently but there are some establishments that are just simply irresistible such as the Fishy Fishy in Cork that serves fresh sea-foods and Freddy's Bistro which is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Ireland. Expats who want to taste authentic Irish dishes or drinks, can go to the pubs which are part of the Irish tradition and culture. Keep in mind that in this country, pubs are different from bars and its one of the places where the Irish love to socialise with their friends or just enjoy a meal with their family.
There are lots of exciting activities to do in Ireland and regardless of one’s idea of fun; the country has all sorts of ways to people from getting bored. Expats who want to travel back in time can visit the country’s magnificent castles that serve as the silent witnesses of the Irish history. Outdoor lovers, on the other hand, can go to Killarney National Park in Kerry where the luscious green forests, lakes and streams will make them feel in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. There is also the district of Connemara in western Ireland which is famous for locals and expats who love hiking, camping and fishing with their family.
Expats who love party should not miss going to Dublin, the country’s centre of nightlife. The whole city is famous not just to locals but all over the world and is one of the hottest destinations for young tourists visiting Ireland. One establishment that expats must visit during their free time is the Temple Bar, an iconic venue that serves authentic Irish beer and mouth-watering dishes at a reasonable price.
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