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From lush greenery and windswept beaches to medieval monuments and cobbled streets, Ireland is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in Europe. It may not be the cheapest place to move.

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However, the locals, fun atmosphere and low crime rate make it worth every cent.

If you are considering living and working in Ireland and wondering where to base yourself, this article is for you. Read on to discover the 7 best places to live in Ireland for expats, remote workers and digital nomads.

Coast of Ireland

Dublin

Dublin is easily one of the best cities to live in Ireland because of its rich traditional heritage, modern amenities and thriving nightlife. The medieval city is steeped in history and culture, with dozens of ancient buildings and historic sites among Irish pubs and street art.

As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, job opportunities abound with many science, engineering, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. The natural scenery is also beautiful thanks to its east coast location, the River Liffey running through it, and numerous beaches.

However, Dublin is one of the least expensive parts of Ireland and has a high cost of living. That being said, housing pricing and safety levels vary among the 24 districts.

If you want to be right in the action, Portobello and Docklands are beautiful and safe districts. However, like all central districts, rents are expensive; expect to pay up to €2,000 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

If you want to live away from the hustle and bustle, but still have a short drive, the area around Dalkey and Killiney Bay is a good choice. These suburbs are nestled among green hills, close to beautiful beaches and full of art galleries, great restaurants, markets and traditional pubs.

You will probably find an apartment in the suburbs for around 1500 euros.

dublin city

Galway

Did you know that Galway is one of the best places to live in Ireland for single expats?

The west coast port city has the highest percentage of single people in the country. So if you want to meet ‘the one’ or just enjoy the dating scene, Galway is the perfect choice.

Galway is famous for its music and festival culture. You’ll find live Irish folk music in most pubs and there are around 120 festivals or events every year.

The bustling city is also a foodie’s paradise, with many fine restaurants among the shops and pubs in the 18th-century Eyre Square, which is the heart of the city.

Galway is a very safe city and has many job opportunities for expats. Many multinational companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Wayfair are located here.

The technology and manufacturing industries are growing, and many new medical device companies are also operating.

The average rent for a one-room apartment in the city is 1,300 euros. However, if you live on the outskirts of town, like the pretty village of Clonbur, you’ll find something cheaper.

Claddagh Galway

Cork

Cork, in the southwest of Ireland, is a vibrant cultural hub for digital nomads and young expats looking to make friends and build an active social life.

It is the second largest city in the country, so it is very easy for expats who speak English to find a job here. In particular, the technology and pharmaceutical industry is developing.

Cork is known as the food capital of Ireland because of its high quality produce. Whether you’re sampling a local food market, enjoying a farm-to-table lunch at a farm-to-table restaurant, or sipping a craft beer at a pub, you’ll be impressed.

Food aside, Cork has no shortage of entertainment venues, cultural experiences and outdoor activities, making it a truly diverse city.

Although it is great for young people, Cork is also popular with expats with families. This is because the city has the best schools in the country and excellent medical institutions.

Rents are reasonable in Galway, from €1,100 to €1,400, depending on location, for a one bedroom flat.

Cork, Ireland

Limerick

Limerick may be one of the oldest parts of the country, but it’s still one of the best Irish cities for expats looking to soak up traditional culture. Located on the River Shannon in the west of Ireland, Limerick is a small but bustling city where there is always something going on.

Limerick hosts a variety of music, food and cultural events every year and is full of medieval monuments such as King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral. There are also excellent food markets, such as the reconstituted milk market.

The downside to Limerick is that there aren’t many job opportunities compared to larger cities. Also, unlike other parts of the country, the locals are not very flattering to foreigners, so fitting in can be a bit more difficult.

However, the cost of living is reasonable, especially if you live in the suburbs. Expect to pay between €850 and €1,200 per month in rent for a one-bedroom apartment.

Aerial view of Limerick City

Westport

Westport is not one of the most popular towns in County Mayo. However, the peaceful lifestyle and romantic scenery here make it one of the best cities in Ireland for couples. Therefore, if you want to move to the “Emerald Isle” with your loved one and prefer to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, look at Westport.

Westport is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, full of beauty and charm from Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clough Bay. It is very safe and has been voted the best place to live in Ireland in the world Irish Times.

However, there are far fewer job opportunities here than in the cities, so it’s better for expats who work long distances. The cost of living is average for Ireland, with rental costs similar to Limerick.

Clock tower in Westport, Ireland

Killarney

From one quaint town to another, Killarney in County Kerry is a beautiful, peaceful and naturally beautiful area in the south west. It’s definitely more of a historic village than a modern village, so it’s ideal for anyone interested in medieval history, architecture and traditional Irish culture.

Killarney is also a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts as the town is surrounded by lush countryside, including Killarney National Park and the Gap of Dunloe. Moreover, despite its old-fashioned feel, the locals are very friendly and welcoming to newcomers.

Of course, as a reasonably small town, job opportunities for expats, especially well-paid expats, are few and far between. Therefore, Killarney is perfect for remote workers or digital nomads who want to explore the Irish way of life.

Street view of Killarney in Ireland

Kinsale

We finish our list of the best places to live in Ireland with another small town, Kinsale in County Cork. Kinsale is another historic area with a rich heritage as it once served as a battlefield.

Today, expats choose to live here for the peaceful lifestyle, natural beauty and proximity to Cork city (30-45 minutes away).

Kinsale inherits Cork’s culinary heritage, so you’ll find numerous award-winning restaurants and gourmet food festivals here. However, if you like your evenings to consist of more than a good meal, you will be a little disappointed, as there is little nightlife.

As with other cities on this list, job opportunities are few. Additionally, accommodation is limited so securing a place to call home in Kinsale is more difficult.

kinsale ireland aerial view

Final thoughts on the best places to live in Ireland

Whether you choose a big city or a small town, everywhere in Ireland has Irish-loving culture and “good craic”. Dublin, Galway and Cork have the most job opportunities, so they are the best if you are looking for work in the country.

However, if you are a remote worker looking for a peaceful lifestyle amongst natural beauty and historic buildings, Westport, Killarney or Kinsale may be ideal.

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