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Expats moving to Ireland will undoubtedly have questions about their new home. Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about life on the Emerald Isle.
Is Ireland safe?
Yes, Ireland is very safe. Like in most major cities, there are certain areas in Dublin where one should be careful about walking at night. Otherwise, expats shouldn't be overly concerned with the presence of serious crime. Perhaps more of a worry is the level of intoxication accepted in most Irish social circumstances.
Many people mistake the Republic of Ireland for Northern Ireland, which has in the past made international headlines for terrorist bombings and shootings, but the Republic of Ireland is largely peaceful.
Is it always rainy in Ireland?
It is often rainy in Ireland, but not always. The weather is worst in January and December, but it rains throughout the year. Despite being at a high longitude, snow is not very common and Dublin is less rainy than much of Ireland. The good news is that all the rain keeps Ireland famously green.
Is it easy to travel to mainland Europe or to Britain from Ireland?
Yes, travel is easy. Expats can use a low-cost airline to travel from Ireland to just about everywhere in Europe. Several ferry lines also connect Britain and Ireland.
Will I need a car in Ireland?
Not necessarily, especially in the larger cities, many of which have excellent public transport networks. However, expats living in rural areas might find themselves more isolated and in need of a car to get around.