Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew or Lough Crew (Irish: Loch Craobh, meaning ‘lake of the tree’) is an area of historical importance near Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. It is home to a group of ancient tombs from the 4th millennium BC, some decorated with rare megalithic art, which sit on top of a range of hills. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loughcrew During my brother Ian’s visit to Ireland, we decided to go see the Loughcrew Cairns. Below are some pictures from the short, but steep (!), hike up…

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The Survival of a Nation

The Survival of a Nation

Though affluence is a good thing, and the spirit of compassionate reform is a good thing, in the end a nation survives only to the extent that the spirit of self-discipline and self-sacrifice is strong and vital. Irving Kristol

Two Saffas in Ireland – Housing and Airbnbs

Two Saffas in Ireland – Housing and Airbnbs

When first arriving in Ireland, it is unlikely that you’ll have housing lined up beforehand. Currently there is a scarcity of rental properties available in Ireland and it may take you a while to get a place to live. Maheshini and I had to rent two Airbnb properties on a monthly basis before we managed to find a permanent rental. We had a very small selection of Airbnb properties available due to the fact that we wanted to book a…

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Two Saffas in Ireland – Money and Banking

Two Saffas in Ireland – Money and Banking

The Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union and the Eurozone. The Euro is a stable and powerful currency, controlled by the European Central Bank (ECB). Let’s look at some basics related to money and banking for living in Ireland. How much money do I need to more or less maintain my SA lifestyle? Europe is an expensive place to live. When looking at maintaining your current South African lifestyle in Europe, a good rule of thumb is…

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Two Saffas in Ireland – How to get to Ireland?

Two Saffas in Ireland – How to get to Ireland?

There are a few ways of legally living and working in Ireland. If you’re lucky enough to be a descendant of an Irish citizen (usually no more than 3 or 4 generations later), you may qualify for citizenship yourself! Otherwise you’ll need to do it the way most people do: apply for a work permit. I am writing from our personal perspective, which will not cover all the different routes of immigration. Use some of the links provided below to…

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