First, yes Dublin is a great place, but it´s no fun if you´re a single girl trying to meet people.... what do you do? Go to a bar on your own, and let´s be honest, sure you can meet people in the gym or somewhere else but if you want to meet people in Ireland the pub is going to be where it happens.
Once you do meet people you´ll have the time of your life, and leaving the city is quite easy and the countryside close by and great restaurants and great people etc., but so has lots of other places.
All I was saying is if it doesn´t have to be Dublin, Galway is well worth looking at, and believe me if you have friends in Dublin they´ll be delighted to get a chance to skip over to the buzz that is Galway.
If you manage to get a job with a family that´s not near a central transport line... and there are more places without access to transport than not... then you´re relying on a car. Can you afford a car in Ireland? But look, whatever you decide you´ll enjoy the country, maybe not the job or the weather but there are lots and lots and lots of reasons to enjoy your visit.
As I said, if you have any really specific question just PM me and I´ll see can I help.
Congratulations on moving to Ireland - a fine choice! :D
Dublin is a great city. I lived there for 7 years when i was a student. It has a fantastic live music scene and it's just a beautiful old city as well.
I would recommend the following areas for a newcomer to think about renting:
- Rathmines/Ranelagh (villages that were once on the outskirts of the city but have now become part of the city itself. Public transport is excellent to these areas, they are generally quite safe. Beautiful old Georgian houses in these parts of Dublin. Good pubs and restaurants. Rathmines is maybe a little studenty, and I would say Ranelagh is a lot nicer. Both are within walking distance of Dublin City Centre and are situated along the Grand Canal, which is a beautiful aspect of Dublin's Southside. Also, Rathmines/Ranelagh would be considered reasonably safe areas of Dublin City).
- Further out from the City, along the coast you could try Blackrock or Booterstown, but accommodation can get expensive out there and they are much more suburban and further from the city. Also, these areas are more upperclass and less interesting, although situated on a spectaular part of the coastline.
- On the Northside of the City, I really like the Smithfield area which is situated in the City Centre and is an up and coming part of Dublin. It's in a beautiful old cobbled part of the city that is undergoing major regeneration. Lots of affordable apartmnets in this part of the city and very close to bars, restaurants etc.
Just one question - if you are working as a nanny are you planning on living with the family you work for? If so, then you would need to be looking at the more suburban upper class areas of Dublin such as
The list goes on....
Hope that is of some help to you.
Dublin is a great place to live as a young person. It's like any major city, it can take a while to settle in there, but I loved living there. I hope you do too.