Living in Dublin
Thread poster: Lany Chabot-Laroche

Lany Chabot-Laroche  Identity Verified
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Mar 27, 2011

Sorry if this isn't the right forum, I have no clue where to post this.

I plan on coming to Dublin this summer for 1-2 months and to work freelance from there. I was wondering if any locals had suggestions, tips or contacts to offer regarding where to live, what to do, where to go, etc. Basically, I'm going to be lost in a new country and any help is appreciated.

I plan on coming from early July to August. I do not mind sharing an apartment, as long as I have a place to work. I have been given the site Daft.ie to check for rooms to rent. I think renting by the week will be the best for me.

Thanks


 

Manuela Junghans  Identity Verified
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Hi Lany Mar 27, 2011

You could also try gumtree.com, the Ireland/Dublin site. Gumtree is fairly good here in Scotland for finding shared accommodation, so I would imagine it will be similar over in Ireland.

But be prepared, from the last time I´ve been to Dublin and from what I´ve heard since, it´s not going to be cheap.

But it´s a lovely city, well worth a visit. Enjoy.

Manuela


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Just explore! Mar 27, 2011

Yes, Dublin is a lovely city, but it is a city and in modern times all cities look very alike unfortunately. If you like the outdoors, Ireland is a great place to explore. It's so green and people are so kind!

There are lovely sights all over the country. Don't miss the opportunity to travel to Galway and take a boat to the Aran Islands, most especially in windy weather and rough sea. It will be an experience of a lifetime. Amazing place anyway, even with good weather...icon_smile.gif

When in Dublin, a lovely little trip is to take the DART to Howth and do the lovely walk on top of the little cliffs all around that little peninsula. You might even see some seal around, but birds you will definitely see. I really miss that walk! If I had it near my home I would do it daily!!


 

Teresa Borges
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Lovely city, beautiful scenery! Mar 27, 2011

Ireland is called the Emerald Island because it is so green. To be green you need water: do not forget your umbrella! All the best,

Teresa


 

Tom in London
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Italian to English
I'm Irish Mar 27, 2011

Lany Chabot-Laroche wrote:

Sorry if this isn't the right forum, I have no clue where to post this.

I plan on coming to Dublin this summer for 1-2 months and to work freelance from there. I was wondering if any locals had suggestions, tips or contacts to offer regarding where to live, what to do, where to go, etc. Basically, I'm going to be lost in a new country and any help is appreciated.

I plan on coming from early July to August. I do not mind sharing an apartment, as long as I have a place to work. I have been given the site Daft.ie to check for rooms to rent. I think renting by the week will be the best for me.

Thanks



You won't have any trouble making friends in Dublin. People just say Hello to one another in the street. The main thing about Dublin is not "things to do" but people. The most important art form in Ireland is the construction, collectively, of an elegant, interesting conversation. You'll find that Irish people are extremely friendly and interested in you. We take pride in our hospitality and in making people feel welcome.

HOWEVER if you're working freelance from Dublin make sure your tax base and accounting remain in your home country.

[Edited at 2011-03-27 10:21 GMT]


 

veratek
Brazil
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Expat groups Mar 27, 2011

Another suggestion: contacting and meeting expat groups. You can usually find expat sites on the Internet for just about every major city in the world now!

(p.s. I take it you don't go to a Church where you are - it can sometimes be another great place to meet people in other countries...)

[Edited at 2011-03-27 11:33 GMT]


 

Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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I agree Mar 27, 2011

Tom in London wrote:
You won't have any trouble making friends in Dublin. People just say Hello to one another in the street. The main thing about Dublin is not "things to do" but people. The most important art form in Ireland is the construction, collectively, of an elegant, interesting conversation. You'll find that Irish people are extremely friendly and interested in you. We take pride in our hospitality and in making people feel welcome.

I worked in Ireland for several months and I can confirm that this is very true indeed. Irish people are most kind and friendly. Once you get to used to the accent, you will really feel at home. May I suggest that you try to see The Commitments, the movie, before your trip?

I also want to mention that if you are young, your heart is free, and you like the opposite sex, Irish women have a very special, natural beauty. (Is this comment politically correct? Moderators please delete otherwise!)


 

xxxmediamatrix
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Avoid like the plague! Mar 27, 2011

veratek wrote:

... contacting and meeting expat groups.


If you're going to Ireland to get to know Ireland, and the Irish, and the delights to be found at the bottom of a pint (or two) of Guinness, I suggest you avoid the expat groups.

You don't need them - they don't need you.

MediaMatrix


 

sailingshoes
Local time: 22:36
Spanish to English
Here's mine Mar 28, 2011

I actually sent you a mail to respond to, but you needn't bother as I'll give some general info here - it might be of use to others.

Good places to find accom. postings in the city centre are the entrance foyer to Trinity College and the USIT student travel office on Wellington Quay (if it hasn't moved- check). The Evening Herald is the paper with accomodation listings. Rents have been high in Ireland in recent years but have come down with the crisis and you can pick up summer rentals of student accomodation easily.

The southern inner surburbs of Rathmines and Ranelagh are popular with students and have a relaxed feel, lots of good cafés and shops and a plenty of parks (some hidden away - look for them, especially Palmerston Park ). It's better to stay here than in the centre, which can be hectic in the summer. The city centre is only 15 minutes away on foot with busses every few minutes.

Between this area and the centre is the Grand Canal, and if you follow it in the direction of Leeson St (and beyond) from Ranelagh/Rathmines bridges, you take in a really wonderful walk. This also leads you through the Georgian area of Dublin, which has to be visited. In summer remember that Dublin has a harbour and visit Howth to the north (great lighthouse walk along the cliffs and boat trips out to Ireland's Eye) and Dun Laoghaire to the south.

In the centre there's the Temple Bar area with plenty of bars but swarming with tourists. I wouldn't bother except for the Irish Film Insitute with two screens and a bar, which is a great place to chill out over a pint (even if it's not the best pint in Dublin!)

Speaking of which, last but actually first, you must tour the real old (Georgian) Dublin pubs. There are dedicated tours which might be worth trying. The Palace Fleet St (at the entrance to Temple Bar area), Mulligans, the Long Hall, Kehoes, the International (stand up comic club), the Stag's Head and the Lord Edward are just some. The Guinness and the decore are great. Try the area around Sth. Gt. George's Street (parallel to Grafton St) for more socialising and contemporary bars.

Take a break in St Stephen's Green or in the grounds of Trinity College (open to the public) if it all gets too much.

The weather can be crap, but you can't have everything. Expect 20 degrees centigrade (70 far.) max and bring rain gear.

I see you specialise in online games/ing. Remember Dublin is a world ITC centre. I did a few jobs for a computer games company, but a loooong time ago. You should be able to check that out online.


[Modificato alle 2011-03-28 11:41 GMT]

[Modificato alle 2011-03-28 13:42 GMT]


 

Yvonne Gallagher
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Good advice from others Mar 29, 2011

I'm a native Dub and basically agree with what has been said. Daft.ie is the best site for accommodation (which is cheaper now but still expensive enough). Also the notes inside front gate of Trinity and The Evening Herald and Buy and Sell. There are often offers of "shares" available in summer as students move out and others want to hold on to the lease until their friends return (an easy way of getting a group of friends). You might also consider staying in "rooms" in Trinity College, right in the centre of Dublin but quiet. DCU and UCD also have student accommodation available in summer months.
As for the Guinness, sailingshoes gave a good list of the best of the Victorian (sorry ss but not Georgian) pubs which are usually the best for pints of the creamy black stuff. I'd add Ryans of Parkgate St (near Phoenix Park) Toner's and Doheny and Nesbitt's (Baggot St) and for free top-quality trad. music Hughes of Chancery Place and O'Donoghues of Merrion Row.(lots of other places but the music can be what we call "diddly-eye" bit like stage Irish or tourist oriented as for example in The Brazen Head, a nice pub and supposedly oldest).
Tomás loves Howth, yes, gorgeous, as is Dollymount (or Bull island) and Killiney Beach and Hill and Dalkey (where the rich and rock stars live). Also take a bus or drive into the mountains. Dublin has a really good location, a city with easy access to nature.

You can also get a bike card in advance and make use of Dublin Bikes (see www) to get around cheaply.
yes, look at The Commitments and "Once" but also try to read some Joyce (16th June is "Bloomsday" and really my favourite day in Dublin) and other Irish writers.
Visit Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains and any part of the West coast esp. if you can, Sceillig Mícheál off the Kerry coast> There is so much to see and do! And no place on earth like it when the sun is shining but not really that bad if misty rain either. Last summer wasn't too bad, thetwo prevoius were washouts and quite dreary and time for the historical sites like Newgrange or National Museum or the art galleries (most of which are free and have some good art) Céad Míle Fáilte! (a hundred thousand welcomes)


 

Lany Chabot-Laroche  Identity Verified
Canada
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Thank you Mar 29, 2011

Thank you all for the very helpful comments. I already don't feel as lost.

As for expat groups, I really don't see the appeal, I want to explore and meet new people and new cultures, I'll just try the pubs.

But, that brings me to my next problem. I don't like beer, at all. I've tried countless times, I tried Guiness, and nothing works for me, will I be shunned??? I'm sure I can order other delicious drinksicon_smile.gif


 

xxxAsta Arminen  Identity Verified

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Try cider Mar 29, 2011

If beer is not your thing, try Bulmers Irish Cider -- nice refreshing drink in the summer.

Also, if you want to get in touch with other Ireland-based translators, you could try ITIA (the Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association). There's a mailing list through which you can reach all the members. I think you have to be a member to email, but the secretary can probably help you with that (http://www.translatorsassociation.ie/).

I'm based in Cork, do let me know if you decide to come down here from Dublin during your stay. Cork is well worth a visit!


 

sailingshoes
Local time: 22:36
Spanish to English
Cider Mar 29, 2011

Bulmers also introduced a pear cider, but everyone tells me it has laxative effects.

Not liking Guinness is already its own punishment, so nobody will give you problems. Drink whiskey.

Please Amin, don't get us started on that Cork-Dublin thing! Though Cork is worth many visits (and has two stouts - Beamish and Murphy's).

And those pubs are Victorian, of course. Got my royals mixed up!


 

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
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Don't like Guinness?!! Apr 7, 2011

Well, if all you know is the Canadian variety I don't blame you! It's muck (I never drank it when I lived over there!). There really is a difference in taste depending on the pub you drink it in, even in Ireland which is why the Victorian pubs were recommended. Don't worry though, lots of Irish don't drink the black stuff either and you can buy beer from just about every country in Dublin now, including Molson. Cider is nice if we get a summer or you ncould try a "shandy" which is a mix of red lemonade and an ale "Smithwicks" or any lager (what we call blond beers). Don't worry, you'll certainly not go thirsty! It is important to spend some time in pubs though as they are where most Irish socialise. Not only are Irish people friendly, but also nosy so people will talk to you! Just be aware it's not all sweetness and light, like every city there are some nasty people around too, called "scumbags" etc etc

 


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