Living in Ireland

Iyna Bort Caruso

Ireland is the land of literature and music, Guinness and golfing. There are more than 400 golf clubs here including about a quarter of the world’s links courses.

The Republic shifted from a largely agricultural economy to a technology and services based one. Between 1995 and 2007--the Celtic Tiger period--Ireland experienced unprecedented growth and prosperity. The legacy of that boom is a quality of life with enviably high levels of health care, literacy, environmental quality and work-life balance.

There are no restrictions on international buyers purchasing property. Americans and Canadians, particularly those originally born in Ireland or with Irish family ties, are among the most prominent overseas buyers of country estates. The attraction can be as emotional as it is financial.

Throughout the Emerald Isle are properties reflecting Celtic, classic and modern influences in the form of rural estates, working farms, and beachfront cottages. A rebirth of Irish culture in the late 20th century produced examples of unexpectedly daring architecture. Still what turns visitors into buyers is the timeless and the traditional: The Southwest region’s ancient Celtic sites, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The rugged scenery of the West Coast where Gaelic is so often spoken. The rolling hills, castles and medieval towns of the sunny Southeast. The Midlands, the spiritual heart of the country, and the East Coast anchored by Dublin.

Dublin is home to a third of the country’s 4.6 million population. This capital with Viking roots and elegant squares was recast from a medieval city into a Georgian one in the 18th century, considered its Golden Age of architecture. Luxury homes in the city and surrounding neighborhoods include trophy residences with expansive gardens. Clontarf is a community close to downtown Dublin with large properties and seaside proximity. Rathgar has well-preserved period homes and several private schools, while Donnybrook is considered one of Dublin’s most exclusive communities.