When we talk about Ireland we talk about the island. This island is divided in four big provinces (to make it clear a province is a territorial division). We will therefore speak of these provinces that form Ireland:
Ulster: Ulster is the province found in the north side of the island and belongs to U.K. Therefore, this province does not belong to Republic of Ireland, even if it is found in the island. Ulster is the unique province that belongs to another country, but and also in the same time is found in the island.
Leinster: Leinster is the province located in the eastern side of the island. This province does belong to the Republic of Ireland, together with Connacht and Munster provinces. Dublin is the biggest city of Leinster.
Connacht: This province is geographically located in the western side of the island and it is also belonging to the Republic of Ireland. Galway is the biggest city of Connacht.
Munster: This province is geographically located in the southern side of the island and it is also belonging to the Republic of Ireland. Cork is the biggest city of Munster.
LIVING AND WORKING IN DUBLIN
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and it is found in the eastern part of the island. It is a city with 1,273,069 citizens. Dublin is surrounded by different coastal and interior towns. In the southern part of the city are the Wicklow Mountains, where there are some viewpoints that gives us other perspectives of the city with wonderful views.
The river Liffey crosses the city separating it in two parts.
STARTING IN DUBLIN
If you come from overseas you will need to know how Dublin generally works if you want to live here. The main target of this writing is to have everything at your disposal to start normally living and learning those websites that have more branch and more information, in general.
Let’s first define Dublin accommodation. It is always difficult to know how are the prizes, the conditions, etc. of the rents in a foreign city that is totally unknown.
In Dublin there are all kinds of accommodation: from the oldest ones (in which they still have carpet in some rooms, corridors and some living rooms) to the most modern (the buildings themselves are more solid and newly finished). These last ones rarely have carpets on the floor. Instead, they have real or false parquet.
The fact of implementing carpets in the ground is because of the cold: they use this system in order to prevent the cold from the outside. New homes are equipped with gas-fired heating.
The prices of the rent have increased significantly in Dublin during these recent years. Today, in 2017, the minimum price of rent is 650 euros per month. It is obvious that with this price you will find apartments in most dangerous and secluded of the tourist zone neighbourhoods. If you want a flat in conditions, located in streets that are reasonably well, you will have to spend at least 1000 euros in 2017. This may seem a lot of money to some of us, but if you decide to start living in this city you have to think that wages are higher and the level of savings (payroll – floor costs) is higher in proportion to the level of savings you can get in another countries.
One of the most famous websites to look for a flat is www.daft.ie. In this website, you can use filters on the price, on the geographical area, on the distance from the city centre, etc. It works very good. There are another websites that are less important but I it is good to mention them in order to increase the chances to find the right apartment: www.rent.ie, www.property.ie.
Usually the owner of the apartment will ask you to pay a deposit of one month. It is not current to pay a two months deposit but of course it can be possible.
PPS NUMBER (Personal Public Service Number)
This is a number, a code that the government gives you when you start to work in Dublin. These figures will not change during your stay in Dublin.
What is it for? Having this number (formed by 7 figures and 1 or 2 letters) you will have access to some social benefits (contributions such as unemployment, benefits, etc.), some public services and general information provided by the Irish government. You have to be living in Dublin to get this number.
Which documentation do you need to bring and where do you have to ask?
Which: You must have a passport (or an identity card if you come from any European country), a document that shows you live in Dublin (this doc could be an invoice with your name on it, an official letter, an extract from your account, the lease agreement or a paper signed by a third party that confirms that you live in your address).
Where: If you want to live in Dublin, the PPS number is provided by the Department of Social Protection, 197/199, Partnell Street, D1. If you want to live in another Irish city please find the link to find the nearest office below: OFFICE
To open a bank account in Dublin you will first need the PPS number, which is the code we have mentioned above. Also you will need two identity documents, which can be the passport and the national identity document. And finally you will need a proof that you live in the Republic of Ireland.
With these 3 documents (PPS + 2 identity documents + Proof of address) you can open a bank account in any bank.
The most popular banks found in Dublin city are Bank of Ireland BOI, AIB, ING, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank.
SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS
Trinity College was founded on March 13, 1592 and is one of the most visited attractions in Dublin. It welcomes many tourists every day and it is also called University of Dublin.
One of the wonders of this school, which by the way measures 190,000 square meters, is how it is structured: It is differently composed of old and modern buildings that draw the final diameter. There are 5 squares, each of them with different sizes occupying the rest of the Trinity College space. The University is also attached with two parks belonging to the organization. In these two parks there is a Rugby field and a Cricket field.
The Trinity College library is the longest in Ireland, consisting of more than 5 million books. In this library they have filmed a lot of movies, in which the most famous one is Harry Potter. It is an old library and well maintained, where the wood and the book are the main elements. In the library there is also the Book of Kells, which is the oldest book in the world.
The University is divided into three faculties, with 25 schools.
You can also find a chapel, which was founded in 1798, and a theatre.
Trinity College is a symbol of the city because of this history and also, due to the fact that it is situated in the city centre, makes the perfect sight to view if you have the occasion to go to Dublin.
Phoenix Park is the biggest park in Dublin. In fact it is one of the Europe’s largest city parks.
It is composed of 707 hectares, and 11 km in diameter, making it twice larger of Central Park, New York.
Inside Phoenix Park there are different roads. So the displacement is faster between the different suburbs that surround the park.
It is a good place to practice all kinds of sports: the most famous sports practiced in the park are running and cycling, but also we can find many cricket fields, Gaelic football and rugby fields.
Deer are the animals of excellence that live in the park. They can be found in different regions of the Park depending on the day. Very recurrently they are in the central part of the park, near the big cross.
O’Connell Street is a street that is located in the heart of the city. It begins on the River Liffey and ends on Parnell Street, It is one of the most commercial sites in Dublin.
On this street, there are many famous buildings and monuments. One of the most famous monuments is “The Spire”, which is a very high spire of 120 meters. It is a good sign of a meeting point if one does not know well the city. Basically you can see this monument in many parts of the city, then this monument will facilitate where you are!
The most important building on O’Connell Street is the current General Post Office (GPO). This building characterized by its columns and structure, is of great importance for the city because Republic of Ireland was proclaimed independent from U.K. there. In addition you can still see the holes created by bullets during the war in their columns.
Grafton Street is another of Dublin’s most commercial streets.
This street is located just to the right side of Trinity College and is characterized by the large number of musicians who create atmosphere at any given time of the day and its shops.
At the end of the street there is the famous St Stephen’s Green Park.
Kilmainham is a prison that opened in 1796. Yes, a prison that is very famous in Dublin. You will ask why. Well, many Irish patriots were imprisoned and murdered in this prison, which, thanks to them, Ireland gained its independence. To commemorate them, the prison is open to the public because of its history. At the beginning of the visit, you will see an informative video of the history of the prison, and then you will visit some of the most important cells of the prison. In there, many political prisoners were imprisoned.
One of the famous prisoners who were imprisoned in the city are Henry Joy McCraken, Rober Emmet, Anne Devlin, Joe Brady, Tim Kelly, Éamon de Valera, etc.
There are a lot of movies recorded in this prison, such as “In the name of the father”, “Michael Collins” or “Boondock Saints”.
The prison is located on the outskirts of the city, more specifically in the south east side of Dublin, and the tickets to visit the prison cost 8 EUR.
Guinness Storehouse is also one of the most touristic attractions of the city. Guinness Storehouse is the museum of the beer Guiness.
The views on the outside of the building are not too flashy, but in the interiors you can enjoy a totally different view compared from the outside view: modernism.
In the museum you will be taught the creation of the Guinness in an organized and interesting way. In the path of learning you will find waterfalls, pools of barley, games, funny quizzes and even the Record Guinness Book’s history.
Eventually you will also appreciate how the logistics work and the maintenance of this great company Guinness and at the end of the tour they will give you a free Guinness beer. You can take it enjoying the views of the city.
Let’s go from the beer to the whiskey. More specifically to the whiskey Jameson.
The distillery was founded in the year 1780 and is located in Smithfield district, quite close to the Guinness Storehouse.
At the beginning of the route you will watch a little video of the history of Jameson, highlighting the comparison of the Irish whiskey with Scottish whiskey. When the video finishes it will be the time to start the guided tour in the different rooms, inside the building.
At the end of the path several volunteers will have the opportunity to taste different types of whiskey.
The ticket price is 14 EUR for adults.
Howth is a small place that is located in the northeastern part of Dublin. The name of Howth is received by the fishing village that existed in that specific place in the past.
Howth is 13 km from Dublin. You can go there with DART or by Dublin bus, number 31.
There are different paths (from highest to lowest length) located in Howth, scattered all over the place, marked with different colours. The longest path goes around the diameter of the cape and its colour is violet. In these paths you will find all kinds of vegetation, a lighthouse, different birds, seals, ups and downs, a castle and beautiful views of Dublin with the ocean. I extremely recommend you to go equipped, at least with sports shoes.
Also, in Howth there is the option to eat. In the main part of the cape. There are various pubs and restaurants where the DART station and the bus stop are.
Dun Laoghaire is a coastal town found 12 km from Dublin. We highly recommend this place to visit, because there is an important and historic sidewalk next to the sea. This sidewalk journey will make you enjoy the incredible views of the village and the sea. You will not be disappointed.
The village is famous for having one of the most important sailing centers in Ireland and also the port number one in Ireland. As you can imagine this coastal village has a lot of historical sailing traditions.
You can find the Museum of the famous writer James Joyce and the Maritime Museum.
Leap Card: Leap Card is a rechargeable card. It can be used in the tram (LUAS), in the train (DART. Short distance) and in the Dublin bus.
With this card you will pay less money when you use those public services mentioned above. You can save up to 20 % of the total price you pay.
Where To buy them
There are more than 200 establishments that are selling the Leap Card in Dublin. Another resource is also purchase it through their website.
You can also buy the card in machines found in the train stations (DART).
How much does it cost
For adults, the leap Card can be bought with a price of 5 Euros, refundable. When you get the Leap Card for the first time it has to be loaded with the minimum amount of 5 Euros.
The total, for the obtaining of the card is of 10 Euros (5 euros of the purchase it and 5 euros for charging it).
If you are under 18 years, the Leap Card costs 3 euros, refundable and the minimum amount for charging is also of 5 euros. The card has to be personalized with a photo. For more details look in the website.
How to use it?
Luas: In the luas stops there are a few machines. In these machines you must slide the Leap Card in order to create a “beep”. Once the beep sounds you can jump into the tram. This will mean that you have already paid the trip. When you arrive at your destination you must go to the machine found in the station and slide again the Leap Card in order to create another “beep”. Please note, if you don’t slide again the Leap Card when you get off the Luas, it will be deducted more money as a penalty for not having followed the appropriate rules.
Dublin Bus: You can pay for the trip on the bus with the Leap Card instead of paying in cash, as it is usual for the bus trips. Inside the buses there is a machine that work in the same way as the mentioned machines found in the Luas stops. You can save money and you don’t have to click again when you leave the bus.
STUDENT LEAP CARD
This kind of card is for those citizens who are studying. These citizens can study university studies or English language in an academy, etc. The discounts are higher (up to 25%) plus you will have some additional discounts in some establishments of the country. These establishments are Boots, McDonalds, GAA, etc. In conclusion you will pay less for their products.
You can get the Student Leap Card by bringing a document confirming that you are studying it the School / Academy / University + 10 EUROS + the completed form in the following address: 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 (Dublin Bus Office).
There are a lot of ways to move around the Irish capital
One of the most common transport to make the trip is with LUAS (tram). There are currently two tram lines. 1) The red line which goes from the South – West, up to the Centre – East of the city. 2) The green line, which goes from the city centre to the south – east.
There are different prices in respect of the LUAS tiquet and it depends on the zones. The minimum price of journey in 2017 is 2.4 EUR.
There are many interconnected bus lines throughout the city and in the surroundings. By clicking the title you will find a link that goes to Dublin bus website. In this website you can plan your route
The bus is paid in cash and the amount has to be right: not more not less. I recommend you to have change on you all the time you want to move with bus. Do not pay more because the driver do not return the change, as a general rule. In case you don’t have more option than paying more because you don’t have the proper coins, the driver will give you a piece of paper with the amount that you have paid, in this case. You can cash in these papers in Dublin Bus Office. You can also pay the bus with the Leap Card or with the Student Card.
The bicycle is a very common kind of transport in Dublin, thanks to the big amount of bicycle lanes found in the city. Many citizens choose to pay for the service “Dublin Bike” because of its low cost and fast transport.
There are three kind of cards for Dublin bicycles:
Annual Card. It is a card with a duration of 1 year and it costs 25 EUR per annum. You can use the Dublin bike whenever you want, for a free 1/2 hour. If you ride the bicycle for more than half an hour you will be additionally charged, depending on the time you use it. 1 h = 0.5 EUR, 2 h = 1.5 EUR, 3 h = 3.5 EUR and 4 h = 6.5 EUR.
3 Day Ticket. It is a card with a duration of 3 days and it costs 5 euros. The first half hour is also free. After this half hour you will be charged the same rates as the Annual Card.
Leap Card. Yes, it is the card I mentioned above. You can pay for the Dublin bike service through the Leap Card and it is not complementary with the other cards.
If you do not want to take this option, either because the bikes are very heavy, or you would like to have one of your own, there is always the option to buy a second hand bike in different shops in Dublin.
There are many taxi companies in Dublin. They are effective and fast, but attention, be aware: If you take a taxi, we recommend that you check more or less the route that you have to go before getting into the taxi. It is not usual for a taxi driver to deviate, but there have been cases that have happened. Here are some taxi companies in Dublin: NRC Taxis (016772222), Lynk Taxis (014715333), Eight Twenty Cabs (018202020), Blue Cabs (8022222), Taxi247 (014922233).
Trains in Dublin are usually punctual. The most recognized stations in the city are Connolly Station: which allows you to go to Howth or Don Laoghaire among many other coastal sites. And Heuston Station: which allows you to go to the east part of Ireland.
There are three options to pay the train. One of them is with the card Leap Card mentioned above. The second one is paying the normal ticket in the machine found in each train station. The third option is through its website (you will find the web in the title).
Let us not deceive ourselves. In Dublin it rains, and regularly. Normally its rain is small, but with a constant drop. It is recommended to take the umbrella before leaving home, when the sky is cloudy, which is in most of the days.
Winters are cold, reaching the temperatures of -1 and 0 degrees. It does not usually snow and if it snows it lasts very few days. The snow is does not stick in the ground because of a possible first layer of ice. The wind is more usual at this time of year.
It is always said that Irish summers are coming earlier than in the rest of central Europe. In April – May there the temperature usually changes being warmer. The sun appears more, the temperature increases considerably, the clouds and the wind are quite inexistent. The temperatures in the summer can reach 25 – 28 degrees, for about two-three weeks.
In Dublin, there are HR consultants. They are called “recruiters” and there are more than 70 distributed throughout the city.
The selection system is very similar to the other countries: You send the CV to the consultants and they will call you if there is any vacancy process that suits your profile. The first interview is usually with the recruiter and the rest of interviews are with the company.
There is also the option to sign up for some specific job offers found in some job portals, such as www.jobs.ie or www.irishjobs.ie.
Jobarounder can send your CV to all the recruiters in Dublin.
ECONOMY IN DUBLIN
OCCUPATION IN DUBLIN
I would like to specify the Dublin’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the recent previous years. But first, we will start from the beginning: What is GDP? GDP is the set of goods and services produced in a country in a specific period of time. Thanks to the calculation of GDP one’s can predict the economic trajectory of a country. Analysing some specific economic figures that needs adjustment can increase the economy in the future.
In this chart above we can see that Ireland’s GDP has increased and seems to continue to rise significantly from the year 2011 to 2016, going from 44302 to 66639.
This means that there has been an increase in employment in the recent years.
The Irish minimum wage in January 2017 is at 1,563.25 Euros monthly. Compared to the rest of Europe, Ireland is one of the countries with the highest minimum wage.
This leads us to what we have said before with the cost of the rent. It is clear and evident that the rents of the city are very high, but everything is balanced with the income of the work, making the savings even bigger and generous in comparison of other countries.
UNEMPLOYMENT IN DUBLIN
As we can see in the graphic. There is a decrease of unemployment in Dublin between 2014 and 2017. Ireland came from the European crisis that began in 2007 and in consequence the country has suffered from an economic recession, like the rest of European cities. Based on years, from 2007 to 2014 the Irish government acted correctly by increasing workplaces, reducing unemployment and establishing the economy back in the city. In all these recent years the economy has changed drastically to a better.
In June of 2017, the unemployment rate in Dublin was 6.3 percent. In another words, only 139,400 people were unemployed in this city with 1,273,069 people living in this month.
CONCLUSION OF THE IRELAND ECONOMY
Being a city in which its corporate tax is 12.5 percent and thanks to this, many companies of computer science have settled down in Dublin, we can say that in this city there is much movement of employment. Companies are emigrating to those countries in which they have more ease to pay at the end of the year. Dublin is ideal for that, and thanks to that, a lot of new companies have been established in the city. The profession that leads the ranking is programming: There is a huge number of vacant and occupied positions thanks to the establishment of companies like Google, Facebook and many others more that generate great annual profits.
Having said that and considering the above graphs, we can say that Dublin is in full growth. But it is not a new thing as this economic progression has already begun many years ago.
Overall Dublin is an amazing city, beautiful and gratifying to live. We would say that this climate is the only impediment that makes the city not fully enlightened, in some particular months. But the fact of having a job and of being a multi-cultural city and thus learn very different lifestyles, makes it worth balancing the pros and contras, living in there with a daily intensity. For sure no one will not regret to have the experience to live in Dublin.