[Sticky] Introduce yourself here
I replied to Liam's post as well, but just wanted to give you this website:
I am sure there are other groups, but this one has some good starter information. Basically you can home school, but you do need to be evaluated by the child welfare board and show what curriculum you are using, etc. (Though I know of a few 'unschooling' families in Ireland, so it's probably not too strict.)
I have some more research on this laying around - I will try to see what else I've got. (We are moving in August and will probably home school our 10 year old who has autism)
Hello, I'm Tanya, I'm looking to move to Ireland for 3 months, starting in September. My goal is to bring my work with me and live and work in Ireland during that time. I'm a copywriter, so all I need to work is an internet connection, my computer, and electricity. (I checked with the Irish Immigration department, I can live and work for myself in Ireland for 3 months, no longer. To stay longer, I'd have to be sponsored by an Irish company.)
My goal on this site is to find out how much utilities generally cost per month, where I could rent a relatively inexpensive car for 3 months and anything else I need to know before I, my cat, and my harp come across the ocean. (Yes, I play the harp. Yes, I play Celtic music. Of course, I'm going to bring the harp.)
If anyone knows of an Irish company willing to sponsor a freelance copywriter for a year, I'd love to know about it, that would mean I could extend my stay. 🙂
Cheers and thanks.
My name is Sean. I would love to be able to move to Ireland someday soon. I have visited Ireland 6 times and each time it just feels like home. I visit at least once a year. My great grandfather came from Ireland (most likely County Cork). It's just going to be me moving and I was wondering, if I have a place to stay will that help in securing employment and applying for citizenship? Any questions feel free to ask!
Well, my plans are starting to feel real so I'll go ahead and do an introductory post:
My husband is Irish born (in the US since 1979) and I have Irish citizenship through marriage. We are in our 50's and 60's and are looking at moving to Ireland for the next phase of our lives. We've been in Colorado USA for the past three+ decades. We are both disturbed by the current political and cultural climate in the states. I have always had a deep desire to live by the sea (Colorado has many fine qualities-- but no sea!). We're looking at a possible move to Ireland as a way to address both these things.
I'm particularly looking at a move to Northern Ireland in the Bangor/ Donaghadee area. Why? My criteria for an "ideal locale" are #1) by the sea! ideally I can see it from my house. Or at least be within a minute or two walk. #2) a town that is small enough that you'll get to know plenty of people, but not so small that you know everybody (and they know you). #3) within easy striking distance of a larger metropolitan area.
I realize that a lot of the info on this site is geared toward the Republic of Ireland. I'm not in any way opposed to moving to the Republic-- in fact that was my original idea-- but the more I've looked the more I think County Down and the Ards peninsula check off all my boxes, and in a more affordable way compared to say, Wicklow or Meath. Also, my dad was from Liverpool, and my husband lived in England for several years and loved it there, so the whole "British/Irish" thing is not a problem for either of us.
I'd love to hear from any others here who have info on the greater Belfast area or NI in general. Of course, the whole Bexit issue throws a big question mark into all plans at this point...
I've appreciated the info I've already gleaned about shipping, and travelling with pets.
At this point I am looking at a reconnaissance visit to the Belfast area this summer. Then we would plan to move over sometime in 2019 and rent for a year before making the decision to sell up here and going all-in.