Ireland’s charm remains as strong as ever. The whole nation—but particularly the countryside—takes a small-town approach to life, which you’ll appreciate when you retire to Ireland. Everyone in Ireland speaks English (even in the few Irish-speaking areas). The Irish are friendly, hospitable people. It may be a cliché, but it’s true. The literal translation of “hello” in Irish is “a hundred thousand welcomes to you.”
Apart from the natural splendor and amazing cultural heritage, retirees choose Ireland because it doesn’t seem too far away from the U.S. and mainland Europe. Flight connections between Boston and Shannon and Dublin and Washington make it easy to travel back from time to time, and for relatives to come visit.
Ireland also has a lot of cultural similarities to the U.S. American TV shows are aired on all the main networks, you can find many of the groceries from home without too much difficulty and you’re never far from an American beer.
The Irish are well known for their sense of humor and if you can partake in their playful banter or “craic” you’ll fit in as tight as a fiddle string.
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