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.
Best places in Ireland to move to and live
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.
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.
3. Dunmore East
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.
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.
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.
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 the 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 are especially welcome here.
* Originally published in 2015, updated in July 2022.
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