Ireland is “The Emerald Isle”: the Viking’s land

Ireland is known as ‘the Emerald Isle’. It is located in the north-west of Europe. Covering a total area of 84,421 km², Ireland is the twentieth-largest island on earth and the third-largest in Europe. In this country that about 15,000 years ago was completely covered by glaciers, you will discover many beautiful and breath-taking places with wide expanses of green fields among areas of rugged and rocky landscape.

It is said the first inhabitants arrived in Ireland around 6000BC, but it is only in the 19th century after the Viking invasion that some cities were founded, including Dublin. For 200 years several battles took place between the Vikings and Celts until a final battle in 1014 united the country. In 1170, Ireland became a British colony, recovering its independence only in 1948, when six counties in the northeast remained a British territory. From that point, the remaining 26 counties Ireland became The Republic of Ireland.

There are many events that played an important role in shaping Irish society and culture. The Great Famine which happened between 1845 and 1849 is an example of a disaster that greatly affected Irish history. In Dublin, there is a sculpture located in St Stephen’s Green Park in tribute to this period.

Ireland is a country that preserves its nature. There are six national parks and hundreds of national heritage areas throughout the country. The Phoenix Park, located in Dublin, is a good example of Ireland’s commitment to biodiversity. It supports 50% of the mammal species found in Ireland and about 40% of bird species.

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Irish famous writers

Ireland is a nation of storytellers. This tradition dates back to Celtic bards, who would record and recite the country’s history. Many famed writers come from Ireland, including four winners of the Nobel Prize for literature: WB Yeats (1923), George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett (1969) e Seamus Heaney (1995). James Joyce and Oscar Wilde are also worldwide famous.

A mystical land

Ireland is blessed with spectacular scenery and many movies and series have been shot here throughout the years, such as Game of Thrones, PS I Love You  and Braveheart; here there are also many amazing multicultural and modern cities for you to enjoy such as Dublín, Cork, Limerick and Galway.

It is certainly a very mystical place. One of the most famous myths is that of St Patrick, who is the Irish Patron Saint, and the story of how he expelled all the snakes from the country. In fact, there are no wild snakes in Ireland as the sea has stopped many animals common on the European mainland. St Patricks Day has become the largest Irish festival. It is celebrated on the 17th of March. The day has been chosen to remember the death of Patrick in 461, in Saul. Furthermore, there myth featuring Leprechauns and the Shamrock, Ireland’s national emblem. To learn more about Irish famous legends, click here.

Ireland is synonymous with fun as well. You can easily fill your day with cultural activities, from a visit to a museum in the morning to some pints of Guinness or Irish Whisky in a pub in the evening, while enjoying some traditional music, and dancing. Ireland is a country rich in culture and it is therefore a perfect destination for international students looking for a bit of history, nature, multicultural exchange and fun.

The Cost of Living X Wage

Although living in Ireland is not cheap, the average income of €26,800. 1.5 million individuals (40%) have a gross income between €10,000 and €30,000 per annum. Since 2017, the Minimum Wage in Ireland had increased to €9.25 an hour. For students who are alloed to work for 20 hours a week, the monthly income can reach (80X9,25 = 740 euros). It is important to keep in mind that students have a discount on most activities and attractions around the country. Many students live in student accommodation or shared bedrooms, as the cost of housing is very high. However, with a part-time job, a student can live comfortably in Ireland.  Below you can check the prices for markets, restaurants, transportation, utilities (Monthly), sports and leisure.

 

Restaurants Ireland Dublin Limerick
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 15.00 € 12.00 €
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 € 60.00 € 42.50 €
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.99 € 8.00 € 7.97 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 litter draught) 5.00 € 5.20 € 4.50 €
Imported Beer (0.33 litter bottle) 5.00 € 5.00 € 4.88 €
Cappuccino (regular) 2.89 € 3.01 € 3.12 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litter bottle) 1.57 € 1.67 € 1.24 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.37 € 1.02 €
Markets
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.98 € 0.99 € 0.88 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.39 € 1.49 € 1.20 €
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.56 € 1.56 € 1.34 €
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.67 € 2.74 € 2.27 €
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.51 € 7.41 € 9.55 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.89 € 7.95 € 7.91 €
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.38 € 8.78 € 8.29 €
Apples (1kg) 2.13 € 2.22 € 3.93 €
Banana (1kg) 1.50 € 1.68 € 1.52 €
Oranges (1kg) 1.93 € 2.08 € 1.97 €
Tomato (1kg) 2.36 € 2.35 € 3.15 €
Potato (1kg) 1.40 € 1.49 € 1.52 €
Onion (1kg) 1.00 € 1.02 € 1.34 €
Lettuce (1 head) 0.96 € 0.94 € 0.92 €
Water (1.5 litter bottle) 1.35 € 1.49 € 1.34 €
 
Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.60 € 2.70 € 2.20 €
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 € 108€ (leap card) 59.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 4.00 € 3.60 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.14 € 1.14 € 1.10 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 23.40 € 24.00 € 23.32 €
Gasoline (1 litre) 1.37 € 1.38 € 1.33 €
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,772.50 € 23,475.16 € 22,000.00 €
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,649.89 € 25,262.00 € 22,000.00 €
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 135.66 € 137.30 € 105.46 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 € 0.26 € 0.23 €
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 49.47 € 51.01 € 48.09 €
Accommodation
Shared Bedroom in Shared House 350€ 400€ 300€
Single Bedroom in Shared House 500€ 600€ 400€
Sports and Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39,50 39.65 € 33.33 €
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14,86 15.35 € 11.00 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10,00 12.00 € 9.50 €
Clothing and Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans at Pennys 74.34 € 78.01 € 70.71 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M,) 33.87 € 33.59 € 36.67 €
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 78.26 € 79.29 € 77.73 €
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 86.58 € 91.22 € 75.00 €

 

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