Headed to Ireland - have a few questions
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 2:12 PM Last Post By: wanderlustrian
Sep 7, 2012 5:42 PM
Headed to Ireland - have a few questionsHey there,
So I'm heading over to Ireland at the end of September and staying to work for around a year. Since I'll be there for a longer amount of time, I'll be able to get a lot of travelling in.
I'm living in Co. Cork and would love some recommendations on places to visit, whether it be art museums, music, pubs, clubs or even a tattoo place. I'm really open to all suggestions! Especially anywhere with some good culture. I will also be visiting Waterford and Belfast, plus wherever my journeys take me.
Another concern is getting a cell phone. The plans in Ireland are cheaper than in Canada I believe, so I am definitely looking to get a phone to use during my stay and take back home with me to continue using (after having it unlocked). I am looking at the iPhone 4, which some may think is unrealistic, but I do and will continue to have the funds for this. And who doesn`t love a nice phone! So my questions here are what company, certain plans, and will I have any difficulties?
Lastly, I wanted to know about meeting people. Is it easy to find a group of friends? Are people friendly for the most part? Where is a good place to meet people? Now, I'm not some person that's desperate to know where to find friends because I'm anti-social or anything.. Just going to be new to the country, and working almost as soon as I arrive, so it would be nice to have some social interaction :)
Looking forward to some answers and I hope I didn't ramble on too much. Thanks!
Edited by: wanderlustrian
Sep 8, 2012 2:37 AM
1Hi, where will you be living in County Cork? Its a big county, hard to recommend where to go and see without knowing your base and whether you'll have a car or not. Most Cork towns are very friendly, but each town is different - some are quite cosmopolitan, with people from all over the world living or passing through, others are more 'local'. In the latter, you'll find people friendly, but sometimes a bit cliquey so it can be hard to break into new social circles. If you are worried about making friends maybe the best way is to join up with local sports or cultural activities.
As for phones, its best to wait until you get here, to go a main street, and go through each of the phone companies to see who will give you the best deal at any one time. Just beware that most offers are based on at least 2 years contract, so it might be a bit restrictive for you.
Sep 8, 2012 9:05 AM
Sep 9, 2012 4:37 PM
3Cork city has all the things you're after and more (the Crawford art gallery is probably the only such art museum in Cork).
Out in the county, your options are a little more limited. Probably the best-known pub in West Cork is De Barra's in Clonakilty: always lots of good gigs on there. It's tough to be more specific without knowing where you'll be living: Cork is the biggest county in Ireland.
If you're working here, your colleagues are probably your first port of call to make friends. Get chatting to them and you'll probably be asked out for a drink with them. Remember to get your round in and you'll fit right in.
Sep 11, 2012 7:31 PM
Sep 12, 2012 12:04 PM
5Ireland is one of the friendliest places I've visited! I'd have to say that making friends is not going to be something you need to worry about. Go and do the things you love to do and you'll meet people along the way. Guaranteed. And I agree about your colleagues - that'll be a great boost to start you off.
Good luck! Happy travels :)
Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM
Sep 19, 2012 5:40 AM
It is great that you are coming to Ireland for a year! We are sure it will be a great experience!
There is plenty to see and do in County Cork, you will love it! Cork City is vibrant and lively with a lot of shops, restaurants and pubs with live music and good “craic”; The Franciscan Well Brewery, The Pavilion, Bodega, The Castle Inn or Sin E are some of the pubs in the city centre. If you are looking for places to see, you could consider visiting St. Finn Barre's Cathedral, The City Hall, The Crawford Gallery, The English Market or The Old Gaol.
Just outside Cork City you could also go to see Blarney Castle and gardens and kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence, or visit other villages like Cobh, where you will find the Titanic Experience exhibition or the beautiful town of Kinsale, known as the Capital Gourmet of Ireland. Note that very close to Kinsale you could also see the 17th Century Charles Fort. The Mizen Head Bridge or Dursey Island (where you can get to by cable car) are other places well worth to visit, as you will enjoy lovely scenery, and are great for walks and whale and dolphin watching!
In the Viking city of Waterford you could visit The Waterford Museum of Treasures, which displays a collection of historic and archaeological artefacts to tell the story of Waterford's Viking heritage, Bishop's Palace and Waterford Crystal.
In Belfast, the birthplace of the Titanic, you could visit the Titanic Visitor Experience Centre, St George's Market, The City Hall, Belfast Castle and the famous murals. We would also recommend that you visit the stunning North Coast!
Sep 21, 2012 2:33 AM
8Just a reply about getting a phone:
I think the best option is go to the Supermarket Tesco, they have a range of cheap pay as you go/ready to go phones. No need to sign up for a one or two year contract just to get a good phone for free!
If you just want a phone to make calls with and dont need a "fancy" phone you should be able to get one for about €30. I find they also offer the best value call rates (www.tescomobile.ie), but since you do want an Iphone 4, maybe get one at home before you leave and have it unlocked, that way you could use Skype or Viber through the mobile when in Wifi areas and save on call credit (of course relying that the people you are calling are also using those apps). Saying that though, 1 cent a minute if going with a Sim card from shop mentioned above is very cheap!
Sep 21, 2012 4:31 AM
9Do include Dublin on your travels.
Friend 'Dublin Visitors' (http://www.dublin1.webs.com) on FB for instant acquaintances and updates.
A regular phone you can pick up at any phone store and many give them to charity when leaving the country.
Enjoy Cork it's my second favourite city in Ireland.
Sep 26, 2012 2:12 PM
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