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finny09 Posts: 104
Hi My fiance and I moved back to Ireland recently after spending the past 7 years in Australia. We are currently living in North County Galway where we are both from originally but we are looking to move somewhere else and so just looking for suggestions. We don't have a huge amount of criteria but there are a few bits of criteria. We are looking for a medium sized town and would like to live within walking distance of such a town. The town should preferably be no more than 3 hours from County Galway. We don't want to live in a city - hence Dublin, Limerick Cork are out. My fiance runs an internet based business so can work anywhere that has broadband. I am a primary school teacher with 9 years experience so should hopefully be able to find work in most areas. Ennis Co. Clare (or Quin near Ennis)was one town mentioned and we are going to spend two nights there in the next week or two to check it out. Others that have been mentioned are Sligo town, Greystones (Co. Wicklow), Clifden (Co. Galway) and Carrick on Shannon (Co Leitrim) We are both now Australian citizens and may go back there but for the next few years want to give it a go in this country. The winning town will get 2 new residents and we would like to think we would be an addition to any community. My fiance plays football/soccer and we both are active in our local community. We will spend at least two nights in any suggested town so a very brief description of the pros/cons would be great. All suggestions welcome and if anyone is interested I will report back here including feedback on towns we go to. Thanks for reading this post!! :wv
mrsdamcl Posts: 155
what about Ratoath in County Meath?? we moved here and love it. Close enough to Dublin if you want to drive in, plenty of new schools for a growing population, Broadband, closeknit community, summer bbq's organised by some residence groups, loads of activities to get involved in and plenty of local kids soccer, gaelic and hurling clubs that would welcome some help.
theoracle Posts: 7664
I would recommend Westport in County Mayo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westport,_County_Mayo It is a beautiful seaside town, very scenic but also lively and full of culture. I have friends there who moved from abroad and they say they found it easy to integrate there and make friends. It has an easy route down to Galway and all major amenities, short drive to Castlebar also and to Newport and has brilliant views of Clew Bay from the suburb. Lots of restaurants/cafes...I can't think of anything bad/negative to say about it.
mrswifey09 Posts: 1300
[quote="finny09":l8bpftm2] Ennis Co. Clare (or Quin near Ennis)was one town mentioned and we are going to spend two nights there in the next week or two to check it out. Others that have been mentioned are Sligo town, [b:l8bpftm2]Greystones (Co. Wicklow)[/b:l8bpftm2], Clifden (Co. Galway) and Carrick on Shannon (Co Leitrim) :wv[/quote:l8bpftm2] I'd second Greystones, I'm not from there myself but near enough to it. has almost everything, and with th new marina being built it will be amazing! plenty of nice restuarents and a couple of pubs. plenty of sports clubs and a couple of new schools - gealscoil and educate together opened last year i think! good luck with your choice!!
mrs bmw Posts: 6447
)[quote="mrsdamcl":y8v4gzdb]what about Ratoath in County Meath?? we moved here and love it. Close enough to Dublin if you want to drive in, plenty of new schools for a growing population, Broadband, closeknit community, summer bbq's organised by some residence groups, loads of activities to get involved in and plenty of local kids soccer, gaelic and hurling clubs that would welcome some help.[/quote:y8v4gzdb] I second Rathoath is lovely but come to Ashbourne instead it's where I live!!!!! (we have drive through McDonalds :o0 )
Princess09 Posts: 821
What about Athlone, fairly close to Galway and a nice town. Or Sligo is a fav of mine also.
Cathy34 Posts: 1068
I live in Ennis and love it ( after living in Berlin :o0 ) Quinn is lovely too.
bridetobe2011 Posts: 154
Im from Athlone lovely town and alot of national schools as well
finny09 Posts: 104
thanks for all the suggestions - think we're leaning towards carrick on shannon at the moment - but this might change!! we were there on friday and really liked it
billygate Posts: 952
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