New Video Shows The Best Of Irish Country Life
Oct. 5, 2014
Panama City, Panama
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
When I relocated to Ireland years ago, it wasn't as a retiree but as a businesswoman and a mom. My partners and I made application for and were accepted into the investor-incentive program the Irish Development Agency (IDA) was offering at the time. The group had targeted areas of the country for economic stimulation and gave us three choices for where to locate the business we planned to base in Ireland taking advantage of IDA corporate tax perks—Sligo, Galway, and Waterford. I chose Waterford and lived in that city, running a business and raising a family, for seven years.
My choice for where to base myself in Ireland was limited by the options the IDA put before me. However, now, knowing this country as I do, I'd recommend a different region altogether for someone interested in Ireland at a retirement stage of life—namely, the southeastern part of County Kilkenny, which, once we discovered it, became our favorite part of this country.
Longtime friend and Ireland correspondent Lynn Mulvihill shares my affinity for this corner of this country and reports in full on the pleasures and delightful lifestyle to be had in County Kilkenny in the most recent issue of my Overseas Retirement Letter.
As Lynn explains:
"Kilkenny Town itself could be a great retirement choice, but I'd say that the best retirement spot in all the Emerald Isle would be just outside that city, where you can embrace quintessential Irish country life while remaining in easy reach of the shopping, entertainment, festivals, and town amenities of Kilkenny proper. This is a region of Ireland wholly undressed for tourists, where, for every freshly painted cottage, you also find a dusty, downtrodden building that, on first glance, makes you wonder if it's shut forever...or just for lunch.
"In fact, this is a tale of two villages. The first is Graiguenamanagh (pronounced Graig-na-MAN-ah and known simply as "Graig" among the locals), on the west bank of the River Barrow, where, during the summer months, colorful barges moor along the shores, families come to swim and coax each other down from the landmark diving boards, and the annual regatta attracts rowing enthusiasts.
"The tranquil village of St. Mullins is the counterpart. Without the quayside facilities and mooring of Graig, from the eastern banks of the Barrow here, river life is dominated more by fishermen and the occasional kayaker than by rows of pleasure boats.