Irish Lads get in here and give us a hand

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So need some advice.

Basically got kicked out of Australia last week, and now find myself in Ireland as only place my Ozzie missus could get visa(we can’t go back to Scotland until we’re married next year as she stayed here for 2 years 5 years ago).

We went straight to Cork, which I’m sorry, is shit, and then went to Limerick which was somewhat better but not where we want to settle.

Currently in Galway, which is beautiful, but absolutely no chance of renting a decent house(house not flat, we have the money, just want a house out in sticks). There are no jobs here(she’s an ex Sydney government employee and wants to do care work)

We are debating sticking it out in Galway, or moving towards going to Sligo or Donegal - the bonus with both these places is we can actually rent a house for about 800€ a month.

Which is better? Donegal or Sligo? Which areas?

Or are we missing something? Or somewhere?

Dublin is a no go as the rents for houses are just insane. And we want the quiet romantic Irish life.
 
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Donegal would be handy if you're near the UK border, so you could pop over and back for stuff like medical care etc...Maybe do a bit of gun running on the side, for the RA
 
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Donegal would be handy if you're near the UK border, so you could pop over and back for stuff like medical care etc...Maybe do a bit of gun running on the side, for the RA
Have you been to Donegal?

Gun running is a shout but I’ve been told to stop being a criminal by the missus or she’ll leave me so a job in Tesco stacking shelf’s would suffice.
 
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Have you been to Donegal?

Gun running is a shout but I’ve been told to stop being a criminal by the missus or she’ll leave me so a job in Tesco stacking shelf’s would suffice.
I actually havent, but it looks beautiful and it's close to larger nordie towns like Derry.
 
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You looked at Portlaois? Big enough town and an hour away from pretty much everywhere.
 
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You looked at Portlaois? Big enough town and an hour away from pretty much everywhere.
Thanks buddy. Not at all, will look in to it though. Why are you recommending there? Beautiful place? Just checked and it’s 23,000 population so could be tough to find work, but like you say it’s an hour drive each way.
 
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Thanks buddy. Not at all, will look in to it though. Why are you recommending there? Beautiful place? Just checked and it’s 23,000 population so could be tough to find work, but like you say it’s an hour drive each way.
I don't live in it myself but I don't live far away from it and I really like it. It's quite enough without it being to remote. The train provides decent enough public transport and it's just off a motorway connecting you to Dublin/Limerick/Cork/Kilkenny.

If you don't mind commuting to work then I would recommend somewhere in the Midlands as you are well connected to all the major cities by both road and rail but also house prices are still relatively cheap. Athlone and Longford may also be worth a look although admittedly I haven't been to them as much as I have Portlaoise.
 
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Yeah, but living in the Midlands is hardly fulfills the romantic notion of living in Ireland. You need to be on the coast somewhere for that.
 
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hardly fulfills the romantic notion of living in Ireland.
Surely he was joking with that. I mean no matter where he settles he is doing it because it's literally the only choice he has. We are comparing degrees of shitness and there isn't anything romantic about shit.
 
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Surely he was joking with that. I mean no matter where he settles he is doing it because it's literally the only choice he has. We are comparing degrees of shitness and there isn't anything romantic about shit.
I don't think he is. Galway, Kerry, West Cork, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, all lovely places to live. Portlaois, not so much. It's the Midlands.
 
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I don't think he is. Galway, Kerry, West Cork, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, all lovely places to live. Portlaois, not so much. It's the Midlands.
I just don't think there is anything special about those places. And I like the convenience more than most would I suppose.
 
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I just don't think there is anything special about those places. And I like the convenience more than most would I suppose.
Dunno what to say man, they are the consensus beauty spots of Ireland. We literally put them on posters and in adverts to attract tourism.
 
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Dunno what to say man, they are the consensus beauty spots of Ireland. We literally put them on posters and in adverts to attract tourism.
Yeah but they are nice places to visit for a day or two. But to actually live in Kerry? Not for me personally.
 
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Yeah but they are nice places to visit for a day or two. But to actually live in Kerry? Not for me personally.
If you had a job in kilarney it's a great place to live. I actually couldn't think of a better place. Only issue is distance to major city, of which there is exactly 1 in Ireland.