How have you come to live in Ireland South East?
I’m a proud Kiwi, born and raised. Whilst travelling and seeing the world in my 20’s, I met my Irish wife when on a one year work visa for Ireland. She was based in the sunny south east, in Dungarvan, and so I found myself working not far away in Waterford city. After one year I convinced her to return to New Zealand with me, where we married and started a family over the next 11 years. With her family in Kilkenny and Tipperary, I was constantly reminded that New Zealand (although arguably the best place on the planet!) is “a long way to Tipperary”. So when the time was right with children, work and the economy, we sold up and packed up our lives and shifted from one green country to another, some 18,000kms apart.
We first relocated to Dublin where securing employment was easiest, but the pull to the South East never abated. Looking South East was further encouraged by the skyrocketing prices of Dublin, the schooling congestion and limitations, as well as the traffic of my nightmares. Unum, as a major employer in the South East, was an opportunity we could not pass up, and we have not looked back.
What do you like best about Ireland South East?
Location, location, location. Location to family, location to the coast and better weather, location to a major city and airport. Oh, and let’s not forget prices. What a difference travelling an hour south of Dublin makes to the wallet! Although Dublin’s a fantastic city, the South East ticks a lot of our boxes that Dublin did not. We can have an affordable lifestyle here (more so than even New Zealand), the schooling is great (from pre-school all the way to tertiary), the traffic is of my dreams (despite the odd tractor), and it’s arguably the sunniest spot in Ireland (although not quite to New Zealand standards).