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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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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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Two Saffas in Ireland – A new blog post series

Two Saffas in Ireland – A new blog post series

Since 01 November 2021, my wife and I have been living in Ireland. We’re both South African citizens who decided to emigrate for personal reasons and for a better life abroad. We also brought over our little corgi, Snoopy! I’m going to start a series about our new adventure in the Emerald Isle. The first couple of posts will be retrospective and informative to try and help others who may be interested in doing the same. I’ll try to cover…

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