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1 Why Ireland ?

2 Ireland Ireland is an island to the north west of continental Europe. It is the third largest Island in Europe. Ireland is separated between North and South. The north of Ireland is part of the UK

3 Ireland – four provinces one Island Ireland is divided into four provinces Ulster, Connacht, Leinster and Munster The origins of these provinces dates back to when Ireland had separate kingdoms. Now days the provinces are defined by different cultures, accents and sports teams

4 The national flag of Ireland is frequently referred to as the Irish tricolour – it is a vertical flag of green, white and orange. The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, orange representing the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, and white representing the aspiration for peace between them. The Tricolour

5 Population The last census in Ireland occurred in At that time the population was 6 million The republic of Ireland has a population of about 4,470,700 residents Northern Ireland has a population of about 1,775,000

6 Language and Communication The first language in Ireland is English Small pockets of the country speak in Gaelic The communication style in Ireland is very friendly and relaxed. Greetings in Ireland are quite universal and tend to be made with a hand shake and a warm smile

7 Economy Ireland has had a very vibrant and flourishing economy up until 2008 In 2010 Ireland hit recession but it is slowly creeping back and has seen significant improvements in the last six months

8 Irelands GDP

9 Easy Access

10 Ireland is in a great position for travel to Western Europe and to the USA

11 Easy Access

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13 Over 206 routes to Ireland – over 78 Airlines Over 100 air routes from 29 British airports T2 opened November 2010, increase in Long Haul flights – Capacity of 15 million passengers annually

14 Airlines which fly to Ireland

15 Great Social Life Friendly People Beautiful landscape

16 Living in Ireland Ireland has a dynamic economy Ireland is multi-cultural; and, while increasingly secular, is home to religious faiths of every description. Ireland is influenced by the US. This is due to the many US subsidiaries existing here and the history of immigration from Ireland to the US.

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18 Living in Ireland Ireland has huge interchange and business affiliations with the UK Ireland is known for its’ beauty and you are never far from green hills or the sea. There is also an endless array of beautiful parks and Dublin is home to the biggest park in Europe the Phoenix Park. There is a fantastic social life in Ireland mixed between clubs, pubs, cinema and theatre

19 Stephan's Green The Phoenix Park Wicklow Connemara

20 The Craic …the craic was mighty Ireland is a country filled with fun Going out and having fun with your friends in a pub or simply having a cup of tea is often referred to as having the ‘craic’ On a Saturday night in most Irish towns big or small most young people are heading out in search of a bit of ‘craic’

21 …having the craic

22 A brief history of Ireland Ireland has a wide and varied history with many struggles. Irish people are very proud of the nation they fought for. 1800’s From Ireland experienced the Great Famine. One million people died during the great famine and one million people emigrated causing the population to fall from 8 million to six million and this figure continued to fall. As a result of the emigration from the famine and also subsequent years of emigration after the famine. Ireland is estimated to have around 80 million people world- wide who claim to be of Irish decadency.

23 A brief history of Ireland In 1916 Ireland waged a rising on Britain. This was not fully supported by the entire population and was carried out through guerrilla warfare. British soldiers far outweighed the Irish Revolutionaries. However support swayed for the Irish revolutionaries after a number of Irish fighters were executed. From Ireland was marked with political violence and upheaval ending in the separation of Ireland into north and south which still remains today.

24 A brief history of Ireland In 1921 the British and Irish government began a ceasefire and signed the Anglo Irish agreement which saw the formation of the Free State (Eire). Eire was a self-governing Dominion of the Commonwealth of Nations in the manor of Canada and Australia.

25 A brief history of Ireland Eire was renamed Ireland in 1937 and declared itself a republic in From Ireland was not involved in World War II and remained independent. However due its close proximity to Britain Ireland was affected by the war. Ireland was bombed by mistake and also experienced many rationing conditions. This time in Ireland was called “The Emergency”.

26 A brief history of Ireland 1960’s In the 1960s, Ireland under went major economic changes led by reforming Taoiseach (prime minister) Sean Lemass. It also saw the introduction of free second level education.Taoiseach 1970’s In 1973 Ireland entered in the EU. Despite this positive step the economy was poor due to the troubles in Northern Ireland which halted foreign investment. The move of Ireland into the EU was a step in the right direction for Ireland. 1980’s The economy remained poor during the early 1980’s. However reform and foreign investment in the late 1980’s allowed for the emergence of the Celtic Tiger.

27 A brief history of Ireland 1990’s – till today In the late 1990’s and early stages of the noughties Ireland experienced a period of growth called the Celtic Tiger. This period was focused on as a model for economic development in the former Eastern Bloc states, which entered the European Union in the early 2000s.European Union In 2007 Ireland entered into recession on the back of the world’s financial crisis. Ireland is currently coming out of recession with a decrease in the unemployment figure happening on a quarterly basis.

28 Healthcare Healthcare is free in Ireland Every citizen in Ireland is entitled to free healthcare

29 Education Ireland is known for its long honorable tradition in education. Ireland has one of the highest education participation rates in the world. 81% of students complete second-level education in Ireland and 60% move on to complete third level education 3 rd level education is free in Ireland International companies are operating out of Ireland due to its high level of skilled graduates

30 Sport in Ireland

31 Sport In Ireland Ireland is Sports mad. There is a huge array of sports played in Ireland. Ireland has it’s own amateur games run by the GAA (www.gaa.ie) which include hurling and football.www.gaa.ie

32 Ireland has an extremely successful rugby team ranked 8th in the world. We also have many provincial rugby teams which compete and win at the highest levels across Europe. Ireland has also had huge success across the years with soccer. Many Irish people also support and follow English soccer teams. Sport In Ireland

33 Weather Ireland is known as Emerald Isle because it is SO green Ireland’s climate is considered to be temperate maritime which includes rain quite often We have rain, shine, snow, sleet, hale, etc. as well as hot and cold temperatures SeasonAverage Temperature Spring14 °C Summer17.5 °C Autumn12°C Winter 6 °C

34 Emerging Belfast

35 Northern Ireland Belfast With its compact size, picturesque location between mountain and coast and fascinating history, Belfast in Northern Ireland is a defiant city that has emerged from decades of strife into a vibrant, buzzing destination. Belfast has the youngest population in Europe Belfast also hosts a glut of excellent gastro delights which have placed the city firmly on the culinary map of Europe

36 Rural Ireland versus Dublin While Dublin is a cosmopolitan city like many others in Europe there are many benefits to living else where in Ireland Local community in rural Ireland is fantastic People in rural Ireland tend to be warm, inviting and helpful. They are interested in outsiders and will go out of there way to help you fit in.

37 Living in Ireland The Basics

38 Cost of living: Take home pay comparison by county Based on a nurses salary with 3+ years experience LocationsTake Home Pay Yearly Take home pay after rent Yearly Take home pay after rent monthly Take home pay after rent weekly South Dublin€ 27,492€ 10,128€ 844€ 167 North Dublin€ 27,492€ 14,028€ 1,169€ 281 West Dublin€ 27,492€ 14,328€ 1,194€ 255 Cork€ 27,492€ 16,248€ 1,354€ 295 Tipperary€ 27,492€ 17,328€ 1,444€ 295 Galway€ 27,492€ 17,328€ 1,444€317 Wicklow€ 27,492€ 14,328€ 1,194€255

39 Searching for accommodation

40 Car cost 2006 ford focus €4500- € ford focus €19-€22k

41 Driving In Ireland we drive on the left hand side of the road. There is great value in the second hand car market in Ireland. is a great website to search for cars of all sizes and years.www.carzone.ie It can be worth taking a driver refresher course if you are not used to Irish roads and/or driving on the left hand side of the road.

42 Schools Primary and post primary education in Ireland is at a very high standard and is free. While the majority of schools in Ireland are of catholic heritage they accept children of all religious and non religious backgrounds.

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