Back in 2009, I wrote a post called, “10 Reasons to Move to Ireland.” Since I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, this post summed up some of the basic ideas of why it would be a great idea to move there. Surprisingly, a lot of people enjoyed the post and left me comments like, “I am absolutely in love with Ireland, and you truly do not want to leave once you’re there!” A few people pointed out that I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about with my point about the IRA and some of their comments never made it into the public comment section. However, almost all of my points still stand and I’ve got a few more to add:

5 More Reasons to Move to Ireland

1). Ireland has great music and great beer. Most of the time you’ll find the two intertwined, but even without the beer, Irish music stands on it’s own. I sing Irish baritone and if I ever end up visiting Ireland, I’m sure I’ll end up singing in one of their pubs.

2). One of the commentors on my last post wrote, “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.” So Ireland is broke, but so is the USA. You might as well move anyway!

3). You don’t need a visa to visit Ireland, so it isn’t a big deal getting into the country. Also, as far as I know, you don’t need a work visa for many jobs and the fact is that you can work online so much these days, you don’t even really need to have a physical job in the first place. If you’re a writer, this is the place to live.

4). Ireland is relatively safe – not only is it free of earthquakes, the rural towns have the lowest crime rates of the world! (Possibly because they also have low populations).

5). If you’re going off the tourist path, chances are that you’re be warmly greeted and plagued with a lot of questions.  It’s often said that you should never forget to bring a smile to Ireland, as it will be returned a hundred times to you and from what I’ve heard, this isn’t far from the truth.

The bottom line is that Ireland is a beautiful country and I’m proud of my tiny drop of Irish blood. Erin Go Bragh!