About Ireland

About Ireland

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of roughly 4.5 million people. The country is divided into 32 counties, 26 in the Republic of Ireland and 6 in Northern Ireland. Dublin is the capital with a population of 1.8 million. The population in Ireland, especially in Dublin, is quite young, with a large concentration of students and people under the age of 30. The workforce is also highly skilled, creative and well-educated.

English is the predominant language of Ireland, with a few minor communities using Irish (Gaelic) as a daily language, both are recognised as official languages.

Ireland is a member of the European Union and therefore its currency is also the Euro. The cost of living will greatly vary depending on which part of the country you are in. Naturally as the capital Dublin is the most expensive. However, the country is very small and it is easy to commute! The total area of Ireland is 84,421km2. The republic of Ireland is about half the size of the state of Arkansas! You can travel from the West of the country to the East of the country in just 4 hours and from North to South in just over 7 hours. Therefore, making it really easy to travel the country.

The country is served by an excellent public transport network. Irish rail provide train journeys across the country, the DART serves Dublin and commuter towns, Bus Eireann provides long distance bus journeys across the country, Dublin Bus and the Luas serve Dublin City. DublinBikes, the city’s popular bike-sharing scheme, is growing in availability and a great way to get around the city.

The Climate is never extreme, with lows of roughly 5C in January and February and highs of 15 – 20C in July and August. We very rarely experience snow but make up for that with our rainfall!

Ireland is a gloriously green country with plenty to do and see! There are many must see tourist attractions such as, The Guinness Storehouse, The Cliffs of Moher, The Giants Causeway, The Wild Atlantic Way, The Wicklow Mountains. You can read more about these attractions in our blog section. We can also provide you with tour tickets for many of the attractions listed.

Discoverireland.ie and failteireland.ie can provide you with more information on Ireland.

Experiencing a new country, with its differences in culture and ways of doing business, is bound to come with highs and lows. Arrive with an open mind and a sense of adventure, and you’ll take all the new experiences in your stride – it’s all part of the fun!

Jobs/Work

Multinational companies: There are many opportunities to work with big multinational companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter who all host European Headquarters in Ireland.

A booming hospitality sector: Ireland is known for its hospitality and welcoming nature, therefore it comes as no surprise that the hospitality industry is one of the most successful in Ireland with job opportunities all year long.

International Work Experience: Working in Ireland will give your resume an edge above the rest. Employers are often more willing to hire someone with international experience as it shows they are diverse and adaptive.

One of the highest minimum wages: With a minimum wage of €9.25 per hour, Ireland has one of the highest minimum wages in Europe.

English Speaking: As well as being a predominant first language, English is also the international language of global business.

According to the OECD about 61% of the working-age population aged 15 to 64 has a paid job and Irish people earn USD $53286 per year on average.

Travel

A gateway to Europe: Ireland is no more than a short plane journey to the UK and Europe. This program allows you to travel Europe and see all that it has to offer! Hop on a 50 minute flight to London or 2 hour flight to Paris, get there in no time at all.

The Irish scenery: Ireland gets a lot of rain, but a lot of rain brings a lot of green, both in the countryside and in the cities. It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing! When the sun hits the green landscapes it is simply breath-taking!

Euro Zone: When travelling around Europe there is no need to exchange money as most of the EU use the euro!

Castles: There is an abundance of castles around Ireland, in fact too many to count but it is estimated at 30,000 including ruins. They offer a flashback through history and some are still open and operate as hotels or houses! Who doesn’t want to feel like royalty for just one night?

Countryside and cities: Ireland has a mix of great bustling cities, with great bars, nightlife, and shopping. Just a few minutes away from this is the spectacular countryside with traditional Irish towns, sceneries and coastlines.

People and Culture

The Irish are some of the kindest, funniest and most welcoming laid back people you will ever meet. They will stop whatever they are doing to help you or to have a chat, always full of craic and banter you are sure never to be bored!

No Natural Disasters

Although we experience our fair share of rain, no tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes or droughts is always a bonus!

Neutral Country

Ireland is a neutral country, no grudges and no wars means you can sleep soundly every night and be confident of your safety.

In Ireland, 77% of people say that they feel safe walking alone at night, more than the OECD average of 68%.

Visa Length

The length of your visa of course is determined by your nationality. Ireland has a long visa length with up to a year for Americans, Australians, and New Zealanders, 2 years for Canadians and unlimited for members of the EU states. The length of these visas really allows you time to fully experience life in Ireland.

You can visit the OECD website for more statistics on life in Ireland: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/ireland/