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1. Posted by reneenz (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

reneenz has indicated that this thread is about Ireland

im arriving in dublin 1st of april, and im crapping myslef coz im gunna be all alone!! help!! where should i go, what should i do? im booked into a hostel for 2 nights in dublin but was thinking of moving to cork? or galway or whatever its called! if anyone wants to meet up - my first challenge is to drink an irishman under the table!! ;) - let me know!! im pretty much up for anything!!
ive got a 1 year working visa - anyone got a job, or a room for that matter?
cheers, renee

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

hey me too-well dont quite know when but i'm looking into going Dublin-well on touching down there before moving onto Galway-which i've only heard good things, and i'll be on my own-and it is a very scary though indeed-so i'm with you on that one!!

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey Renee

Good luck with that challenge! I wouldnt go putting any bets on until you've been here for a few months. Single out a skinny weed of a fella...that might up your chances! lol

You'll have a great time in Ireland. I'd say head to Galway first. Dublin can be a bit lonely when you get there first and you dont know anyone.

Galway is full of foreign students and backpackers almost all year around so it would probably be a better spot to go and make a few friends first. When you find your feet, then you could go and live in Dublin or Cork.

Cork ppl are quite simply brilliant! They are the best craic - they think they're right about EVERYTHING but it's endearing more than annoying! LOL.

Let me know if you need any help at all when you arrive! I'd be glad to help.

Take is easy.


4. Posted by biscuits (Full Member 28 posts) 11y

ya galways pretty good(i would say that), especially during the summer, but the winters good to cos of the auld students. dublins a bit of a pain in the arse cos its so damned expensive and you'll end up spendin all your money on rent and shit if you want somewhere decent, and you'll need money if you plan to drink an irish man under the table, a shit load of money!!! and besides the official line is theres more to us than drink, unofficial line is ya but what more do ya want!! corks good too, ah feck shes a lovely country nice and small so you'll probably see her all, she be perfect if we could only roof her!

5. Posted by marsha (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hi Renee!
Fellow kiwi here who did the working holiday visa thing in Ireland too, on my NZ$ ... my main warning would be - it's reeeeally expensive in Dublin!
I wouldn't spend too long there unless you've got good job prospects lined up. I've left Dublin now for Munich, which is supposed to be one of the worlds more expensive cities too... but compared to Dublin it's like fairy tale cheapo land.
If I could do it again I'd base myself in Cork or Galway and just visit Dublin. Ireland is expensive in general I think, but in Dublin it was like house arrest because stepping out the front door cost too much.
Make sure you get out around the coast - rent a car or something and take your time. And make sure to go to Connemara National Park - it's surreal.

6. Posted by reneenz (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

wicked guys, thanks heaps for that, i had heard dublin was expensive but i didnt think much of it. but now i think i will definately head over to galway asap. Would anyone know what the job prospects are like there tho? or any website that might help me with that or finding accomadation? also, will i be fine to get into a hostel if i just show up? which ones the best -ie most fun!?
thanks soooo much!
anyone that wants to show me a good time in dublin when i land - speak up!

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Check out or

also check which is the main local newspaper for Galway...

alternatively email me with your job experience and Ill see what's on offer with the recruitment agencies when I get a few spare mins at work.


8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

By the way Biscuits, I love your motto. LOL!! LOL!! I hadnt heard that in aaages

9. Posted by biscuits (Full Member 28 posts) 11y

strange thing is that its true!!! and it being funny for that reason!!

now as you were sayin the galway advertiser is a good place to look for both jobs and accom, so its a kinda one stop shop, or paper if you will! it all depends on what or where you want to work, galway always has a shit load of jobs in the hospitality industry, but once the kiddies get hols they'll all be gone, and you'll more than likely end up becoming nocturnal due to workin late nights'n' shit so you should try and find somethin durin the day! i fill holes with the council!

10. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Quoting reneenz

or any website that might help me with that or finding accomadation?

check out for places to stay if you are going to base yourself anywhere for a long period time, you should be able to find apts, house shares etc here...... also gives you an idea of prices before you land.....