Dublin is the capital of Ireland and also its largest city. Literally translated, it means “town of the hurdled ford” or “the ford of the hurdles” and gets its name by the Vikings who grew the original settlement near a hurdled ford. It enjoys a temperate climate, with average highs going up to 19° C (66° F) in July and average lows going down to 2° C (36° F) in January. Unlike the rest of Ireland, Dublin does not have high rainfall, with its total annual rainfall being lower than that of cities such as London, Sydney and New York.

Dublin is a well governed city with the ease of many online government services. Public service information for Irish residents is provided online on matters such as health, education, law and justice, taxes, to name a few. Looking for accommodation is easy, not only on Dublin’s official governance website, but also on their official tourism website and other sites such as stayDublin. The best rates of accommodation in Dublin based on the neighborhood or type of accommodation can be found here.

Ireland has one of the least unemployment rates in the world at just over 4%. About 9% of the labour force in Ireland is of foreign origin, with Dublin attracting the most number of immigrants. More and more people, especially those from other countries in Eastern Europe, choose Dublin as their preferred city to immigrate to. Job offers are made based on shortage of skills and not on a quota system. Those of you looking to find a job here may want to look at websites such as Jobs.ieJobsearch and DublinCityJobs.

Travel in Dublin.
Travel in Dublin.

Parents who are relocating to Dublin with their children will find a huge number of options in primary and secondary schools, most of them being English language schools. Children in Dublin are enrolled in infant classes in primary schools usually at the age of 4 or 5, though they are not necessarily required to do so until the age of 6. Dublin, along with the rest of Ireland, is actively promoting its schools, colleges and universities to attract foreign students. A dedicated web portal called Education Ireland enumerates the reasons and advantages to study there.

Once you’re finished taking care of finding accommodation, a job and your choice of educational institute, it’s time to sit back and enjoy Dublin. Soak in the history and culture, play some rugby (American football), cycle around the city, indulge in fishing, sailing or kayaking, or simply go shopping. And at the end of it all, park yourself at the nearest bar for some lip smacking beer!