Hello Again’s post in this GQ thread got me thinking about moving to Ireland. I’m in IT, and my particular specialty seems to be in pretty high demand in Dublin at the moment, thanks to Google. I liked what I saw in my admittedly short visit - the climate’s perfect for me, the people are friendly, and I like the idea of living in a country that I can drive across in a couple of hours.
True story: my family went on the typical two-week pilgrimage to the ancestral towns and such a few years ago, before any of us had cell phones. Three days into the trip, we called home from Roscrea to check in, and my aunt hysterically informed us that my grandmother had had a stroke two days earlier. We booked the first flight out we could find, which happened to be out of Shannon.
We stopped to buy gas just outside of Roscrea. The attendant, noticing that we were American, asked us “Are you the Rabbit family from Ohio?”
Apparently, my aunt had called some radio station a couple of days earlier when she couldn’t get hold of us, and they had been periodically broadcasting our situation, telling folks to be on the lookout for us.
High fives, Ireland.
Anyway, have any Dopers made the move? What’s your experience with the relative cost of living? What about health care, taxes, etc?
For what it’s worth, I’d probably be the primary breadwinner, starting in what appears to be the €60k range, with my wife staying home with the future little Rabbits.