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Advice On Moving To or From Ireland

Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a spa wellness massage therapist.

Erris Head, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland

Erris Head, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland

It was a very long time ago when my husband and I decided to move to Ireland. It was in the spring of 2008. It was a plan whom we both agreed to do for a change. We both loved Ireland that we went there for a holiday more often than we went to my home country Philippines.

Ireland is devided into 2 parts, the RepublicIreland and Northern Ireland which belongs to United Kingdom (UK). English is the common language as it was a colony of the British Empire before Ireland turned into a republic, although some Gaeltacht areas speak the old Gaelic language.

Ireland is a beautiful country with all the shades of green in the landscapes. There are lots of mountains, cliffs, lakes, rivers, beaches and the nature is very awesome to look at. Ireland is also called Emerald Country because it´s green landscapes resembles the emerald stone.

Advice on Moving to or from Ireland

1. Know Ireland first

  • Visit Ireland or the country you've planned to move to first before you think of giving up your things, flat, house, jobs, relatives and friends.
  • It´s best when you rent a cottage or a flat for a few weeks in a town or city you would like to live in.
  • Rent a car or bring your car with you (if it´s possible) in this holiday for you need it as there might be only a few buses a day to commute, unless you will stay in a city or you will buy a car there.
  • Try to live as if you are really a local person not a tourist.
  • Shop where the local people shop.
  • Make a list of how much the rent of a house or a flat, the petrol, electricity, heater or maybe turfand of course the drinks and the food that you need, cost weekly. Weekly because the rent of a flat or a house in Ireland are usually paid weekly, unless you will want to move in a country where rents and bills are usually monthly paid.
  • Inform yourself if you can find a job near the place you want to stay. How much the salary and so on.
  • Communicate with the locals and know how they live. The Irish are helpful and friendly people. I´m sure you will easily find a friend. If you want to move to France or other countries, know how the people are by communicating with them.
  • Know the weather in a country you are planning to move to. Irish weather is tough in winter, so try making this holiday in summer time like May or June. Bring a raincoat with you, it will always come handy to you as Ireland has many weathers in a day.

Ireland Travel Guide

Ireland travel guide is a must in travelling to Ireland. It is a very informative book which is very useful to know the country, its places and its people.

Atlantic Drive, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

Atlantic Drive, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland

2. Evaluate and Rethink

  • Now that you have come back from Ireland or from the other country you intend to move to, think and rethink what you have learned from living there for a few weeks.
  • Weight the positive and the negative things that you learned from your holiday.
  • Evaluate what you have learned.
  • Do you really like to live inIreland, France, Italy, Asia or in America? If so, prepare for the next steps.
  • Allow yourself a few months for the preparation of your moving out of your country.

3. Prepare your important papers for moving to and from Ireland

  • Write or call the Irish Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Affairs of your chosen country, in your country and ask what important papers you need for moving, like Passport, Visa and Working Permit.
  • Visit the website of the country you want to move to or the Irish Foreign Affairs. There you can find lots of important information regarding your plan.
  • Check your Passport if it is still valid. If you are a member of European Community, you don´t need a visa but to be sure of, ask the Irish Foreign Affairs or any other country of your choice. It´s sometimes enough to bring your identity card, but do bring your Passport just in case you need it. If you want to move to Asia, America, etc. ask their respected Foreign Affairs.
  • Check your vaccination papers or brochure in case you need it in your travel.
  • Have a Malaria, Tetanus, Hepatitis or any vaccination you need from your doctor before moving to other countries like Asia. I don't think you need vaccination for yourself in going to Ireland. Just check if your medicine you are currently taking is available in the country you want to move to.
  • If you have young children moving with you, it´s better to move to other countries when the school year is over. Remember, they need their school cards with them to enroll in the new schools. They need identity cards or passports and vaccinations, too. Bring them and yourself to the doctor for your health check-up. Let them bring their favorite things like a toy or a stuffed bear with them. It will comfort them in times of having home sickness.
  • If you have a dog or any kind of pet, visit your veterinarian and ask him or her what you need to do. Visit the Bureau of Animals website of the country you are going to, call them or write an email regarding what your dog needs for your moving to Ireland or other country.
  • Don´t forget to bring money and credit cards with you. You don´t have to give up your bank account. You can open a new bank account in the new country you are in.
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Note: Research, research and research is one key of a successful moving to or from Ireland.

Moving to Ireland, Book

Before moving to Ireland we did a lot of research and we bought a travel guide book similar to this. I am very sure that this book is not only very handy for the travel but one can know some practical guides on how to be with the Irish and understanding about their culture and tradition.

Shillelagh, County Wicklow,  Ireland

Shillelagh, County Wicklow, Ireland

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4. Selling/Giving up your house or flat

  • This is a hard thing to do especially if you are not the one who really want to go but you have to when it´s the job of your husband or wife that forces you to move to or from Ireland.
  • You don´t have to sell your house or your flat if you know that you only have to live in Ireland or other country for a few years. You can let your house or flat for the years you are away.
  • If you have a rented flat then you can give it up to save the money for your own use.

5. What about the things, furniture, etc...

  • You can bring the things with you by sending them with a logistic company or by renting a lorry.
  • You can sell some things by having a garage sale or sell them at the flea market.
  • You can rent a storage room where you can store your things and furniture just in case you are not sure yet what you want to do or you want to come back after those years in Ireland or other country.

6. Giving up your job

  • Don´t give up your job unless you are sure of moving to Ireland or other country.
  • Find job offers through internet and apply for it while you are still preparing for your transfer. It´s good when there´s already a job waiting for you though you can apply a job when you are in your new "home". Bring all your important papers that you might need for applying for a job.

7. Itenerary for the travel

  • When your papers are ready and you have arranged the date of your last day at work, you can set the date of your move to Ireland or to your chosen country.
  • Check any ticket offers either by plane or by a ferry crossing to and from Ireland. If you bring your car with you and drive with a ferry crossing the Irish Sea, you can bring some of your things you need.
  • If you fly to Ireland or from Ireland to move to other country, you are only allowed 1 luggage and a hand carry with you, however you can rent a lorry or let a logistic company bring your things like furniture to the place you are moving. It might be expensive, so why not think of renting a furnished flat?

8. Saying Goodbye

  • Saying goodbye is not as easy as we think of it, especially if those people are close family or friends.
  • Have a little farewell party with your close family and friends. Enjoy the party as you will not see them for a long time.

Happy Trip! Have a Good New Life!

Map of Ireland

You need to have a travel map in going to Ireland. It is a must so you will not get lost and waste money and time in your travel. There are lots of small streets and ways in going to some places specially when you go off the beaten track places.

Sheep´s Head, County Cork, Ireland

Sheep´s Head, County Cork, Ireland

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Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 01, 2019:

Hi Paola. It is nice to hear that you moved to Ireland. I hope you like it there. No, it didn't affect me at all. I had a great time with my hubby living and working in Ireland. Irish people are friendly people. Enjoy your life in Ireland. Thanks for dropping by and giving a nice comment.

Paola Bassanese from Ireland on July 29, 2019:

I have recently moved to Ireland - there are some really gorgeous places to visit! Interesting to read you moved right in the middle of the 2008 recession, I hope it didn't affect you too much. All the best, Paola

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 10, 2015:

Thank you very much Minnetonka Twin for your wonderful comment. I hope you can go to Ireland for a vacation one day. Have a great weekend!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 09, 2015:

What a great list of tips if your moving to another country. I have always wanted to visit Ireland but haven't gotten around to it. I have Irish in me and would love to go someday. I love living in Minnesota though but would love to travel there someday. Great job.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 27, 2015:

Thank you very much viking305 for your wonderful comment. You are right that I love your country and I am glad about that, too. It´s not difficult to love Ireland because of the lovely people and the amazing landscapes. Enjoy the new week.

L M Reid from Ireland on April 27, 2015:

Great information for anyone who plans to live in Ireland. Glad you Love Our country.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 18, 2015:

Thank you very much DavidCombs. I hope this hub will help you one day when you move to Ireland. Good luck!

DavidCombs on March 18, 2015:

Love your hub on Ireland, I've visiting Ireland a short time ago and fell in love, i hope to retire there some day

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 26, 2015:

Hi techygran! Sorry for the late reply. I have missed your comment. I hope you can visit your ancestors place one day. I´m sure you will love it. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Happy weekend!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on September 28, 2014:

Hi Thelma, this was a useful overview of what to do when relocating to another country, but especially Ireland. I appreciate your writing all of this down.

I have yet to visit Ireland, but have been to Newfoundland, which is said to be 'more Irish than Ireland' in many ways, and I loved it there. Like a lot of people, I have Irish heritage and would like to check out my ancestoral places of origin at some time. Thanks for giving me something to dream about! ~Cynthia

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 31, 2014:

Thanks for your wonderful comment ologsinquito. It´s always my pleasure to help others from my own travel and moving experiences. I wish you good luck to your goal of visiting Ireland one day.

ologsinquito from USA on March 30, 2014:

What an interesting article that will help a lot of people who are considering such a move. I hope to get to visit Ireland some day.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 27, 2014:

Hi viking305! It´s good to hear that you moved back to Ireland. I can relate to how you feel living by the sea in that awesome country of yours. Sad to say that I had to moved back to Germany due to my and my husbands health. The Irish weather was not meant for us.

I know about the pensions and welfare payouts being transferred to Ireland as an EU citizen though we did not let it transferred because it was easy for us to withdraw money from the Irish bank...Ireland is on it´s way to be the celtic tiger again. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

L M Reid from Ireland on March 26, 2014:

Very informative article about moving to Ireland. I am back here now just over two years. I lived in Dublin City most of my life but now have a house by the sea which is heaven on earth.

If you are an EU citizen most of the pensions and welfare payouts can be transferred with you to Ireland while you are looking for employment. Our economy is picking up again now which is good news

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 15, 2014:

Hi mts1098! Thanks for visiting my hub. It will be a nice experience for you to visit Ireland. I hope you can, one day. Have a lovely weekend!

mts1098 on March 13, 2014:

while I have never been to this beautiful country, I certainly would love to visit. I do not think I am ready to move there but after reading this I will bump it up on our must visit list...cheers

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on December 04, 2013:

We love Ireland too, but had to move again to Germany due to health reasons. It seems that the cold and moisty weather of Ireland did not do us good. We have a very positive experiences there and I really miss the beauty of Ireland and it´s friendly people. Thanks for reminding me those awesome memories of living in Ireland vespawoolf.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2013:

We love Ireland but have never considered moving there. It is a beautiful, green country. A lot of this information would be good for anyone moving to a foreign country. We hope you've had a positive experience with your move. Thank you for sharing!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 16, 2013:

Yes, it was a horrible storm. We are mostly here during winter time in Germany, escaping the cold weather. I see, you have a very nice and interesting heritage being half Irish. I hope you have visited Ireland already as the country is awesome to visit. Have a lovely weekend Dolores Monet!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 15, 2013:

Thelma - good to know. What a horrible storm. Did not know if you were there or not but I am glad to hear that you escaped the worst. I must read more. Being half Irish, I love to read about Ireland and enjoy the pictures of that beautiful country.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 14, 2013:

Thank you Dolores Monet for your wonderful comment. I already have written a lot about my life in Ireland here on hubpages. I think about it. Maybe there´s still anything I have not mentioned, yet.

My family and friends are okey here in the south of the Philippines. We had only strong rainy days like in Ireland. We were safe by Yolanda which costs lots of lives, hunger and a lot of pain for the victims. Thanks for your concern. Have a great day!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 12, 2013:

Boy, Thelma you do get around. You could write a great hub about living in Ireland! And the points that you make would certainly help when moving anywhere! (I hope that your family and friends back home in the Philippines are okay. )

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 27, 2013:

I agree with what you have said cfin. London is very far from the borders of Ireland. Glimmer Twin Fan will still have to fly to London to avoid long hours of driving left;-) Thanks for your visit. I appreciate that.

cfin from The World we live in on August 26, 2013:

Be prepared to meet some of the nicest people in the world matched only by the most self martyring. The Irish are either the most beautiful people you will ever meet, so unselfish, or the biggest complaining whingers who will complain of poverty (being their inability to purchase the newest iphone on its release date.

My advice would be to take it all with a pinch of salt and enjoy these wonderful characters both positive and negative.

FYI glimmertwinfan, I would not suggest moving to a Ireland, if you think London is a city within its borders ;)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 19, 2013:

Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan for stopping by. Yes, in moving many things should be consider so as not to forget what really is important to bring with you.

Claudia Porter on August 18, 2013:

How beautiful and interesting too! I've often dreamt of moving to London, but realize how many things there are to consider. This sums it up very well. Interesting and useful hub.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 21, 2013:

Thank you for your wonderful comment and for sharing and pinning this hub, Rajan. I appreciate that. Have a great week!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 21, 2013:

Moving is always hard but you share excellent tips and suggestions that should make it much easier for someone wanting to do so.

Thanks for sharing this, Thelma.

Voted up, useful, interesting and pinned.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 19, 2013:

Good morning Nell! Yes, moving is hard. You don´t have to move as England is a nice country to live in. You can visit your friend though to see how life is and how beautiful Ireland is. Thanks for dropping by. Have a lovely weekend!

Nell Rose from England on July 18, 2013:

I live in England and have never been to Ireland, but my friend lives there, and has often asked me to visit. To make any move is so hard so this is really useful, nell

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 17, 2013:

Thank you DDE for dropping by. Have a sweet dream. Good night!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 17, 2013:

Most informative and to the point for any one in this situation, the photos are so beautiful. A well approachde hub on this topic.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2013:

Memories of our life in Ireland. Yes, you can write about your experiences as an exchange student or anything memorable to you worth sharing. Enjoy writing. Thanks for stopping by DSRyelle;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2013:

It would be nice for you to visit your friend in Ireland with your family. I´m sure you will enjoy it there. Write a hub about your visit. I would be glad to know about the places you go to and how you like it there. Thanks for dropping by and for sharing this hub to others Janet. Have a lovely weekend!

D.S. Ryelle from Michigan on July 12, 2013:

So many memories! I'm going to write a hub on being an exchange student...hopefully, I'll finish it within the next few days.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2013:

I hope you enjoyed your stay in Ireland DSRyelle. Maybe one day you can visit again Ireland and that might be in County Mayo. Thanks for stopping by.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on July 12, 2013:

Thank you for sharing these great tips. Anyone who is planning to move would find them useful. I have not been to Ireland yet but my maid of honor lives there and we will visit her maybe next year.

D.S. Ryelle from Michigan on July 12, 2013:

I found this link on the recommended list at the bottom of one of my own hubs. Love the photos...I've never been to that part of Ireland!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 12, 2013:

Yes, it is applicable to any move to other countries. You are very welcome randomcreative. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 11, 2013:

Many of these tips are applicable to any move to another country. Thanks for the great resource! Very comprehensive.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Thank you drbj. It´s always a pleasure to hear from you. Have a nice weekend to come. Take care;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Ireland is indeed a beautiful country, Made. I hope you can have a vacation there one day. You are right, there are lots to think of when moving to other countries. I have noticed it only when I finished writing this hub. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this hub to others. Good night!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and for giving a comment Europewalker. I hope you can go to Ireland one day. Enjoy your day;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Hi Sharkye11,

Sure you can do that, but you don´t have to be rich to be able to live in Ireland as long as you have salary from work to finance your needs. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 11, 2013:

Thanks for this extensive advice, Thelma, which should be extremely useful for anyone planning a move. Your photos are perfect!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Well, everybody has his/her experience in finding a job. I was lucky to find it 9 days after I arrived in Ireland. I was happy to have the job that I love. Thanks for your visit.

Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 11, 2013:

Ireland seems to be a beautiful country. I really want to visit the country some day. You've written a very good hub with so much useful info. There are so many things to think about when you're moving from one country to another. (I've lived in three countries.)

europewalker on July 11, 2013:

Great article Thelma with valuable information. I haven't been to Ireland yet but I sure would like to visit. Nice photos. Voted up.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Yes, your comment is highly appreciated Suzie. The climate was the reason I had to leave Ireland. My body did not cope the tough weather in winter. I was very emotional leaving Ireland, my job, clients and friends, but I had to go back to Germany for my health. Living there was a short but a happy chapter of my life.

Thanks for your visit, share and pin. Have a lovely day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 11, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Yes, go for a holiday to Ireland and rent a cottage for a month. I´m sure you will love it there and you will find Irish friends. Besides that, you will find loads of interesting things to write. Thanks for stopping by.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on July 10, 2013:

Really good advice; well thought out and well presented. I would love to live part time in Ireland sometime in the future. When I am rich! very enjoyable read. Will be voting and more.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 10, 2013:


I will love to move to Ireland. However, I hear it is hard for immigrants to find proper work. But anyways, thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on July 10, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Well i had to comment here, didn't I!!! Ah, my homeland which I will be departing from for sunnier climes. Ireland, north and south are certainly picturesque and all it misses is a summer you can count on! At the moment it is stunning with temps reaching 28 /80 degrees and it makes SUCH a difference. The scenery really is gorgeous with everything you could want. Yep, us locals can be a fun loving, humorous bunch always ready for a chat!

Great pics Thelma showing places such as Mayo and Cork (one of my favorite counties) and your tips are valuable for all travelers looking to make a move.

Votes, shares and pinned!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 10, 2013:

Great info, Thelma! I'd love to rent a cottage and stay for a month...not sure I could live there for much longer. I'd miss Washington too much I think, although the weather would remind me of my home state for sure.

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