10 Reasons to Move to Ireland

Note: This article was written 6 years ago when I was 18. While I still mostly agree with it, some of my language below wasn’t exactly refined. Please read the update here.

With the US economy in a spiral that can only be stopped by extreme measures, I’m pretty sure that it is a good idea to move out of country and since it’s St. Patrick’s day I figured I should also post something about Ireland rather then just posting pictures of all the Irish food I’m cooking. So here you go, my very own list of:

10 Reasons to Move to Ireland

1). Ireland is one of the only countries in the world that has kept abortion illegal. The people in Ireland are passionate about doing the right thing so they have formed large rallies and pushed to keep this standard.

2). The Irish aren’t afraid of demanding freedom. Look at the old IRA fighting for Ireland against the English. Even though they were considered terrorists they still stood up for what was right.

3). Ireland is the land of Saints and Scholars – and since it is, they don’t charge sales taxes on art or writing! This has encouraged thousands of writers to move to the green country that spawned great writers like Lewis, Swift and Goldsmith.

4). The climate in Ireland is very mild due to the warm seas of the Gulf Stream. In fact, the temperature normally stays in the range of 39 to 60 degrees. Snow is rare. However, rain is very common – again attributing to the third point: Ireland is a great place for writers (after all, we do get inspiration from rainy days).

5). Ireland has never had an earthquake! No epicenters have ever been found on the Island so there is no danger of it ever happening.

6). Homeschooling is legal in Ireland too! So you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble if you want to Homeschoool! Actually there is even a website that promotes homeschool tours of Ireland…

7). The death rate in Ireland is the lowest in the whole UK and it is positive to note that no tourists have ever been killed there.

8). The Irish love the land and are very connected to agriculture. They aren’t afraid of hard work and they love their horses!

9). The Irish are friendly. If Ireland is known for one thing it’s the fact that everyone is considered a neighbor. Fitting in wouldn’t be any problem at all.

10). Ireland is just plain cool. I mean what other country is a beautiful as Ireland and yet has the heritage to match? The Irish don’t forget history and it still plays a part in their lives today. Their culture is still set apart that they know how to respect life, not only in the fields and nature but in humans too.

I really wouldn’t mind moving to Ireland at all! Read 5 More Reasons to Move to Ireland.


  1. I didn’t know that, interesting I guess the Irish aren’t that bad after all… even though I never said they were lol :S

  2. “Look at the old IRA fighting for Ireland against the English. Even though they were considered terrorists they still stood up for what was right.”

    Uh…well… :S

    What about other people “considered” terrorists who stand up for what *they* think is right? Do you believe that there are some behaviours that can be defined as terrorism, regardless of the reason that they are used? IOW, do ends justify means?

    Anika :)

  3. Haha! My family has joked about moving to New Zealand, but Ireland doesn’t sound so bad! Maybe we should go there….;)

  4. Pont no. 7 is incorrect. Ireland is not part of the UK. Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain ( for the moment) but the Republic of Ireland is not. The Republic of Ireland is an independent State.

  5. Haha to Allison- I used to want to move to NZ too. OK Eric, as soon as you get us all visas, we’ll pack our bags!

  6. Anika, the IRA weren’t considered terrorists by the Irish. They were considered terrorists by the English. The fact is that the IRA would actually call ahead before destroying a building and tell everyone to get out. – Not typical terrorists. Plus if you look into the history of the IRA, I’m not sure how you can say that they weren’t right. (Note I said that the IRA stood up for what WAS right, not what they THOUGHT was right).

    Garry, you sound Irish! On a whole Ireland is close to the UK so I thought I would lump it together when I figured out that Ireland had a lower death rate then the UK.

    Matthew, I’m getting visas now 😉

  7. Certainly, I’m going to have to do some history on it – especially considering I probably have ancestors involved -but still, I thought I’d ask the questions.


  8. Sorry. I’m Scottish all the way!

  9. Hmm… maybe I’ll move to Ireland too. (I guess I would enjoy it, since I love warm temps and enjoy writing.) I also know some missionaries that are in Dublin, Ireland. (It’d be nice seeing them again… :) )

    But then again, I wouldn’t be going for quite a while. (Once you count the fact that I’m thirteen years old.)

    In Christ,

  10. Wow, I never knew some of those things. Even though I have Irish heritage, I didn’t realize that Ireland would be such a great place to live. Homeschooling, writing, and horses!

    Thanks for sharing,

  11. Amazing! I didn’t know all that about Ireland!
    My grandmother and great-grandmother visited Ireland a few years ago. Grandmother told me she would take me there one day…hmm…I’d like to go!


  12. haha, those are great reasons Eric! I think Ireland sounds pretty good… I am going to have to share this with my Irish friends. They’ll get such a kick out of it.

  13. I am now completely convinced… my farm by the sea-shore is going to be in Ireland. 😉
    My dad can even get citizenship there, ‘cuz he’s a 1/4 Irish. And then if HE got citizenship, so could us kids. :)

  14. Hmm… Eric, could you tell us some about the higher education? I am “seriously” considering moving it Ireland, I just thought I would ask an authority on the country. 😉 lol I like your top ten list. Maybe I would get some Lewis inspiration if I take a hike across the Isle. aye?


  15. Erik, we both have the same ideas about hiking the green Isle! 😛

    As for high education it seems that in recent years further education has grown immensely. The growth in the Irish economy since the 1960s has driven much of the change in the education system. Education in Ireland is free at all levels, including college but I’m assuming that’s only if you are a citizen.

    Higher (or third-level) education awards in Ireland are conferred by University of Dublin (Trinity College), Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Higher Education and Training Awards Council, National University of Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology and University of Limerick Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. These are the degree-awarding authorities approved by the Irish Government and can grant awards at all academic levels.

    Ireland also has 0.747 of the World’s top 500 Universities per capita, that means that Ireland ranks 8th place in the world! There are seven establishments of higher education in the Republic of Ireland which are ranked amongst the top 500 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education Supplement.

    As a note this is the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland doesn’t count 😉


  16. Sláinte!

  17. Ambryla,
    slainte mhath! 😉

  18. Thanks Eric for the extensive response. Ireland sounds like a fascinating country to research.

  19. Can I add number 11.??? CELTIC THUNDER.
    Dont know what im talking about?… look these guys up! There AMAZING!!!!!!!!! 😀

  20. I’m Eric Novak and I sanction 11. 😛

    Actually, Celtic Thunder is a great band. 😉

  21. I’m convinced! Looks like I’ll see you in Ireland, then? Lol. 😀

  22. I have some Irish blood as well, but for some reason I think I’d like New Zealand better.

  23. I love Ireland. You don’t need to convince me. Lol… I learned some things I didn’t know from your top 10 list, though!

  24. I want to move to Ireland too! I am going to become a writter and I would like some help, if anyone can provide it. I live in America and was pondering on the fact whether I should go to college in the US or would it be best to go ahead and move to Ireland and go to college in Ireland? If anyone has advice it would be greatly appreciated! Oh, but to the point. The person who started this blog has first-rate reasons, but also some erroneous statements. For example: The terrorist. Standing up for what you believe in is one thing, but it is never right to terrorize.

  25. Bethany, again, the IRA weren’t considered terrorists by the Irish. They were considered terrorists by the English. The fact is that the IRA would actually call ahead before destroying a building and tell everyone to get out. – Not typical terrorists. Plus if you look into the history of the IRA, I’m not sure how you can say that they weren’t right. (Note I said that the IRA stood up for what WAS right, not what they THOUGHT was right). The point of terrorism is to gain as much publicity as possible to change laws.

    I can’t say that if America started going against the constitution and the beliefs that the nation was founded on I wouldn’t join a freedom group.


    P.S. I edited your comment to remove the email. This is a private blog and I don’t allow people to post email “trolling” comments :)


  26. I am of Irish heritage, but born in America, and was fortunate enough to visit the Emerald Isle last July (2009) and find living distant relatives! Ireland is simply the most magical, mystical place I’ve ever been. There are now 60,000 Americans residing in Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is fascinatingly beautiful! I had some unnerving issues being in Northern Ireland. Because my rental car had the Republic license plate, I was yelled at by other drivers while in County Tyrone, NI! It had a different “feel” in the air…tense, angry, unfriendly. The Republic is certainly where I would want to live, especially in the southern regions (County Clare, County Cork, etc.). Driving on the left seemed so normal to me and I had no problems at all. The roads are VERY VERY narrow, tho! Do not rent a large car if you visit. Rent the smallest car they have! Even then you’ll scrape past the hedgerows that are everywhere. Learn kilometers, too. The place is green and beautiful. I highly recommend you visit, and stay in the Bed & Breakfasts. You’ll meet the natives, and they are wonderful people! Currency in the Republic is euros, in Northern Ireland it’s still pounds.

  27. Re ‘ Anika, the IRA weren’t considered terrorists by the Irish…’

    Er, they were. They were outlawed by the Dail and hence the’ civil war’ which followed. The British Government assisted in fighting them as they would not comprmise and agree to the partition treaty. I’m not saying they should have, but they were terrorists and they sure as hell are now, murdering war heroes, women and children. I think Ireland should be renited but it ain’t worth killing for, and most in Eire are just fine with how it is as long as their income and jobs remain intact

  28. i am absolutly in love with an authentic irish who loves his country, he loves me too, i also love my country…. sunny beautiful coastal australia just out of sydney. we want to do the serious thing with the marriage and the babies, but who moves for who? you make the country sound awesome and i am totally down with all things irish….. but i am still not entirely convinced, the countries financial situation is a bit of a worry

  29. I’m from Ireland but lived in u.s.a for 12 years. We moved back to be with family. Although I love being with our families I wouldn’t advise anyone to move here to live. The weather is worse than awful, the medical system is desperate, there’s rubbish thrown everywhere, no money to maintain towns, empty housing estates, and of course the country is out of money. It’s sad and I hate being so negative but just want to be honest.

  30. I am absolutely in love with Ireland, and you truly do not want to leave once your there. I would love living there but giving up US citizenship is a big deal. Too bad you cant APPLY for dual… not that I know of

  31. Really would love to live there and know how I can make it happen. I heard its hard to get a visa and work permit, because Irish people the first priority which is understandable. Any advice is appreciated!

  32. Wow, i wish i could move to Ireland and of course i would if not for the fact that i’m er…13. But anyways Autumn was saying its hard to get a visa because Irish people have first priority, does that mean people with Irish blood? Cause im about 50% Irish (give or take 5%) living in America.

  33. Danny and Autumn,
    If you are a legal resident of the US with a valid passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Ireland. I’m not sure how long you can stay, but normally it isn’t an issue and a lot of jobs don’t require residency or a work permit.


  34. How could the death rate in Ireland be “low”? The death rate everywhere is 100%, isn’t it?

  35. You are all chasing after moonbeams. Ireland is no longer the place it was. The countryside has been destroyed with new housing estates (many of them empty, some unfinished and abandoned); cost of living is high, the health system is poor, drugs and alcoholism are increasing as problems, the political system is rampant with cronyism and the people have become bitter and cynical.

  36. Nicole, wrote this piece like three years ago, but what I think I meant by that point was that people live longer and there is a higher birth rate: http://www.gaymitchell.ie/?p=21


  37. I don’t think the Irish are bitter and cynical yes we were annoyed with how the economy collapsed but we are proud to be Irish and we are fighters and will get back on our feet. If you go to any town in Ireland people will complain about things but that is just cause we like talking alot but most times we just get on with things and know that things will be better. We sometimes talk negatively put we are quiet a positive nation. I live in Co. Meath and have 4 children and would not dream of bringing my family up anywhere else. They play outside all day and enjoy life. The people in my town are lovely and would talk to anyone walking down the road. Life is a little harder on the purse but do you know what, we are happy because we have each other. Ireland will be prosperous again and we are we will appreciated a whole lot better. Love to all on this post from Trim, Co. Meath

  38.  “The death rate in Ireland is the lowest in the whole UK ” Ireland is not part of the UK, make sure NOT to say this if you come to Ireland. The main reason I’d say is how friendly people here are, as well as beautiful countryside and rich culture. It is expensive though….

  39. I lived in Dublin for 4 years and loved it.  However, my neighbors weren’t friendly at all, but rather quite snobby.   Probably had to do with where we lived I suppose.  

  40.  I would think so. And I heard the homeless in Dublin are much more violent than the ones I’m used to.

  41. ah I live in the United States and really want to get away im orginally Canadian but alas i want to be far away from my “home”


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