Best place in Ireland to move to? Whether you're retiring or moving to live with family, these are some of the most desirable places to live in Ireland. 

The best place to live in Ireland will, of course, change from individual to individual and from family to family but we've compiled this best places in Ireland to move to list by looking at some of the most desirable places in the country for those moving to Ireland from the US or Canada. 

Want to find out more about moving to Ireland? You can find more info in our moving to Ireland section here. 

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Best places in Ireland to move to and live 

1. Galway

Galway city.

Galway city.

The most wonderful city in the west. A college town with a wonderful arts festival in June, then the Galway races festival in July/August. Lively, cultural, and still an intimate small town in many ways.

2. Dingle

Dingle, County Kerry.

Dingle, County Kerry.

Wild, isolated, wonderful. The festivals in the summer are mighty craic, but the scenery and sense of an ancient world are incredible. There’s Fungie the Dolphin too.

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3. Dunmore East

Dunmore East, Waterford.

Dunmore East, Waterford.

Quaint little fishing village on the Waterford Coast, beautiful at sunset or anytime, great restaurants, and nightlife in an intimate setting.

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4. Kinsale

Kinsale, County Cork.

Kinsale, County Cork.

Marvelous Cork seaside town with the best restaurants in Ireland, wonderful fishing, and cobblestone streets that give you that centuries-old feeling.

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5. Belfast

Belfast is a great place to move to in Ireland. Image: Getty.

Belfast is a great place to move to in Ireland. Image: Getty.

Yes, the former capital of The Troubles is now a wonderful growing city with culture, craic and prices are half what you find in Dublin down the road. The people are pretty interesting too and the escape North to the Ulster Highlands is breathtaking.

6. Clogherhead

A little seaside village in County Louth just 40 miles or so from Dublin but a lifetime away. Beautiful scenery with the Cooley Mountains in the backdrop.

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7. Westport

Westport, County Mayo.

Westport, County Mayo.

Beautiful Mayo town that is a magnet during the summer for tourists with its cute painted shops and homes and fabulous downtown. The center of artistic life in Mayo and a wonderful backdrop of mountains and seas. 

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8. Skerries

This seaside town is just 15 miles from Dublin but it feels like 150 miles from the capital. Beautiful beaches and long coastal walks as well as a great community feeling, despite proximity to the big smoke.

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9. Warrenpoint

The beautiful Northern seaside town where Dublin and Belfast are almost equidistant. Unspoiled and beautiful with Carlingford Lough And the Mountains of Mourne towering overhead.

10. New Ross

Tucked in on Wexford coast, the ancestral home of the Kennedys and the Irish America Hall of Fame Museum, the American festival every July 4th is wonderful, but there is a lot going on year-round. Americans especially welcome here.

Have you moved to Ireland from America? Where did you move to? Let us know about your experience in the comments section. 

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Want to find out more about moving to Ireland? You can find more info in our moving to Ireland section here. 

* Originally published in 2015.