Moving to Dublin
For years the Irish capital was a peripheral European centre of sluggish industry and good alcohol. Expats moved for the charm of the city and its residents, rather than career development or lucrative salaries. Then, it witnessed an economic boom in the years before the global recession, and the property market exploded.
Unfortunately, Dublin’s economic success didn’t last and, although there are initial signs of recovery, the city is somewhere between its economic prime and the austerity that preceded and followed it.
Remnants of its brief gilded age persist. Many of the era’s construction developments still house the offices of international companies with the city acting as a corporate gateway to Europe.
A substantial IT industry, backed by large international companies, continues to draw expats from the USA and Europe to work in Dublin. Several major pharmaceutical companies have manufacturing centres or headquarters in the city.
Dublin’s cost of living remains high, property is overpriced and competition for jobs is tough. Cramped living quarters can be difficult to adjust to and the grey weather can be dispiriting.
That said, expats who manage to secure a job in Ireland are usually paid enough to ensure a good quality of life despite the expenses. And, in true Dublin fashion, most hardships can be overcome at the local pub.
Dublin has transformed into a cosmopolitan city and has opened up as an international pivot point, but retains an authentic atmosphere that combines cobblestone history with glass and steel modernity.