Originally posted by Michael Ernest: Did it include Dublin?
[ September 26, 2005: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]
According to that poll, Dublin ranked better than NYC as a place to live, so it cant be all that bad. Its 4 points behind the highest ranking city, I dont think thats much of a difference. Compare a city thats 4 points behind Dublin, for example, Seattle. Ive visited both and I think they're both wonderful cities. I wouldnt mind living in either.
Limerick is not a bad place to live and work, relatively cheaper too, compared to say, Dublin. There are certain areas of Limerick that should be avoided, family feuds have escalated to gangland-style kidnappings and murders, but its very localized, and in general rest of the city is just fine.
Since the housing boom have been going on for a while in Ireland, your friend shouldn�t have problem finding the right type of accommodation, rents in the range of 700 to 1000 euros for a 3 bed semi detached house.
Eating out and entertainment is never cheap here in Ireland, Limerick no exception. Expect to pay out upwards of 20 euros for a dinner, at least 15 euros more if you order wine, 4 euros and above for a pint etc.
Depending on what one prefer, Limerick can be a very pleasant experience with rolling country sides, farmlands, culture, fish and chips at locals, Shannon airport etc or a backward rural town with terrible infrastructure and herds of livestock making your life miserable.
Limerick is not exactly a hot spot in Ireland. But it is nowhere nearly as expensive as Dublin. Accomodation will be the main problem. There's a good technical university in the area and lots of high tech jobs - Dell has its European HQ there.
Limerick is sometimes known as "stab city" because of the unusual levels of crime and gangs - probably no worse than an average American city but Ireland comparitively
Limerick has a great sporting tradition - especially for rugby and hurling.
It's also beside some of the best places to visit in Ireland - the ring of Kerry to the south, the Burren to the west, and Galway city and county to the north where there's places that only speak Irish.
Taxes are comparitely low in Ireland - especially compared with most of the rest of mainland Europe.