Ireland – Budget

Ireland – Budget

Barrow Region

Kilkenny Town itself could be a great retirement choice, but 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.

This southeastern region of the Emerald Isle is rich with old estates, gardens, castles, and period homes to satisfy the history aficionado. Kilkenny Castle and its gardens are a main attraction, but Rothe House, also in Kilkenny Town, is a lesser-known treasure. It’s the only surviving merchant’s townhouse from the 17th century, today a museum with recently reopened gardens.

Completely off the rest of the world’s radar, Graiguenamanagh is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets. Most who make it here do so by boat or by foot along the towpath and feel lucky and special to have stumbled onto a place of such natural beauty and tranquility. Life here, again, revolves around the river, but there’s plenty to do out of the water, too.

The tranquil village of St. Mullins is the counterpart. Without the quayside facilities and mooring of Graiguenamanagh, 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.

Graiguenamanagh is in County Kilkenny and St. Mullins in County Carlow. The two are separated by the Barrow River, the life and soul of the area. Choosing between these two outposts of Irish country living, you may be torn. Each has its assets. The good news is that, living in one of these villages, you’d have easy access to the other by foot or bicycle along the 4-mile-long riverside towpath that joins both. Both towns have held on to their unspoiled natural beauty. Life in this region feels more like the 1950s than the 21st century. Go a little beyond either village, and you could imagine yourself in any past century. This is the lost Ireland so many retirees dream of.

Cost Of Living In The Barrow Region

Ireland is not a super-affordable retirement choice; however, property values today are down from their pre-2008 boom-time highs. Markets elsewhere in Ireland, especially in Dublin, are moving up again. This remote region of Ireland, though, remains seriously undervalued. A monthly budget for cost of living in the area is 1,830 euros.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In The Barrow Region, Ireland

Click here for currency conversion at today’s exchange rate.

Rent €700
Gas €70 Used for cooking and heating.
Electricity €70
Water €20
Telephone €45
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV €25
Groceries €400
Entertainment €500
Total €1,830

 

Tourism In The Barrow Region

This “Medieval city” (now officially a town) is the arts and artisanal center of Ireland. From April to October, its streets buzz with local and tourist shoppers in search of unique clothing, gifts, and homewares. They come in the winter months, too, though in lesser numbers. The big event in town is the annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June that attracts comedy fans from around the world, while November’s Kilkenomics Festival—a quirky marriage of economists and comedians from around the world—is growing in popularity. And, any time boredom strikes, you can reach Dublin in 70 minutes by direct motorway.

The whole county of Kilkenny deserves to be explored, particularly those towns and villages along the Nore and Barrow rivers. Dotted between patchwork fields representing every shade of green, you’ll find potters, glassmakers, and jewelry designers, all inspired by the natural beauty surrounding them.

While Graiguenamanagh has all the appearances of a sleepy Irish village, the river is a hub of activity. Visitors here don’t come for the nightlife. They come to swim, jump from the diving boards, kayak, barge, fish, and eat some of the tastiest home baking from local tearooms and cafes.

Golfers have great options. Just 2 kilometers outside Graiguenamanagh, on the Carlow side of the river, is 18-hole Carrigleade Golf Course. Other notable courses in the county are Kilkenny Golf Club, Callan Golf Club, and the prestigious Jack-Nicklaus-designed Mount Juliet Golf Course that has twice hosted the WGC-American Express Championship. If you’re not a golfer, the Mount Juliet resort is ideal for a leisurely stroll and a treat of afternoon tea.

Copper Coast

When the sun shines in Ireland, there really is no better place to be than along the Copper Coast. Because the country is way down the list of sun destinations, Irish coastlines are, for the most part, well preserved and underdeveloped. Once you venture a few miles beyond the well-known beaches, it's easy to find quieter coves where you can swim alone or share the sand with just a handful of families.


The Copper Coast, a stretch of coastline that starts about 20 minutes from Waterford City and is named for the copper that was once mined from the local rock (and still visible in the dramatic cliffs that provide welcome shelter along the beaches and coves here).


The farther along this coast you go, the quieter it gets. While this tranquility is something most welcome, say goodbye to facilities. Going off the grid means leaving shops behind.


If you are seeking a superior quality of life, the Emerald Isle has many options. And for those looking to escape to a more natural setting, surrounded by lush countryside and perched above the sea, it doesn't get better than the Copper Coast. The Copper Coast, a stretch of dramatically beautiful coastline in an overlooked part of Ireland that boasts a particularly rich history and heritage. The copper Coast has charming, traditional villages, and a strong sense of community spirit with plenty of activities to keep you busy. 


Cost Of Living In The Copper Coast


Ireland makes more sense for the would-be foreign retiree right now than it has in nearly a decade. Thanks to the worldwide financial crisis, the costs of both real estate and of living on the Emerald Isle have fallen dramatically, making a new life in the Auld Sod a more realistic option than you may have been thinking. In addition, of course, Ireland offers all the Old World charm, beautiful countryside and coasts, and welcoming hospitality you could hope for. A couple could live and retire in the Copper Coast region on as little as 1,900 euros per month.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living On The Copper Coast, Ireland


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Rent €770
Gas €23 Used for cooking and heating.
Electricity €77
Water €15
Telephone €30
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV €33
Groceries €460
Entertainment €230
Total €1,638


Infrastructure On The Copper Coast


You'll need to pack a good picnic lunch and snacks—along with plenty of fluids—for the day ahead. Toilets on this coast are a rarity, as are lifeguards, and forget communication. On the Copper Coast obtaining a telephone signal is not possible. If you want to meet your friends at the beach, you need to get in touch with them in the early morning to let them know your plans. This region gives you the chance to escape from the usual routine...and trade the trappings of our modern world for clear water, golden sand, dramatic rocks, and the sounds and smells of summer.

Tralee

The capital of Kerry, modern Tralee is the administrative center for the county. Tralee town and its suburbs have a population of about 24,000. Its name comes from the Gaelic "Trá Lí," meaning "beach of the Lee."

Today, Tralee comes across as a thriving community, despite the situation in Ireland in general. While elsewhere in the country over the past few years, businesses have been downsizing and closing, leaving unoccupied stores on every corner, this has not been the case in Tralee. More than perhaps any other town in Ireland right now, Tralee has a feel of self-sufficiency and is making the best of its history, culture, and landscape to feed its economy. 

Other cities and towns across the country, Dublin in particular, continue to move in a European direction. You see the same brands, franchises, and shop fronts as in any European city. Not so in Tralee. The town's architecture is well preserved. This is particularly visible on Denny Street, which runs up past Tralee Town Park to the Kerry County Museum and is lined with Victorian and Georgian buildings.

The ideal situation for the retiree in this historic corner of Ireland would be a home within good reach of Tralee town and with views over the patchwork fields all around and of the crashing waves of the nearby sea. In Tralee, you're enjoying a notably charming and authentic Irish country town and idyllic Irish countryside, and, as well, you're on the doorstep of Banna Beach, an unspoiled, "blue flag" beach, 7 kilometers long, and a favorite with local runners, dog-walkers, and surfers.

In Tralee, the vast majority of people you find working in shops, restaurants, bars, and tourist sites are locals. As a result, this town offers a more authentic Emerald Isle experience.
Tralee town is one of the warmest spots to catch a fantastic Irish sunset. It’s about as far south as you can go along the western coast of Ireland. The sunsets here are dramatic, reminding you of the centuries of unchanged landscape, with the winds and the rain adding to the feeling of timeless isolation… As the Irish blessing goes: May there be just enough clouds on your horizon to cause a beautiful sunset.

The county town of Tralee and the surrounding Tralee Bay area are largely bypassed, apart from the week of its international Rose of Tralee festival in late August. Yet, it’s a place that offers much more than one week of street entertainment. In Tralee you are surrounded by some of Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes and seascapes, while remaining close to the conveniences of town... a welcoming town that preserves its past culture and history like no other and shows little sign of the Irish recession.

The great thing about Tralee is its rural location near the sea. You only have to drive five minutes out of town and you’re surrounded by rolling farmland and open sea views. A retiree looking to enjoy a more active lifestyle, close to the buzz and amenities of town, with a far better infrastructure and the services of the county hospital, would fit in much better in the Tralee area.

Cost Of Living In Tralee

Thanks to the recession of recent years, the cost of living and of real estate is temptingly low right now. Tralee is somewhere you could keep yourself busy all year round and the monthly budget is only 1,460 euros.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Tralee, Ireland


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Rent €530
Gas €53 Used for cooking and heating.
Electricity €53
Water N/A Included with electricity.
Telephone €35
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV N/A Included with telephone.
Groceries €300
Entertainment €265
Total €1,236

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Ireland – Budget

Barrow Region

Kilkenny Town itself could be a great retirement choice, but 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.

This southeastern region of the Emerald Isle is rich with old estates, gardens, castles, and period homes to satisfy the history aficionado. Kilkenny Castle and its gardens are a main attraction, but Rothe House, also in Kilkenny Town, is a lesser-known treasure. It’s the only surviving merchant’s townhouse from the 17th century, today a museum with recently reopened gardens.

Completely off the rest of the world’s radar, Graiguenamanagh is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets. Most who make it here do so by boat or by foot along the towpath and feel lucky and special to have stumbled onto a place of such natural beauty and tranquility. Life here, again, revolves around the river, but there’s plenty to do out of the water, too.

The tranquil village of St. Mullins is the counterpart. Without the quayside facilities and mooring of Graiguenamanagh, 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.

Graiguenamanagh is in County Kilkenny and St. Mullins in County Carlow. The two are separated by the Barrow River, the life and soul of the area. Choosing between these two outposts of Irish country living, you may be torn. Each has its assets. The good news is that, living in one of these villages, you’d have easy access to the other by foot or bicycle along the 4-mile-long riverside towpath that joins both. Both towns have held on to their unspoiled natural beauty. Life in this region feels more like the 1950s than the 21st century. Go a little beyond either village, and you could imagine yourself in any past century. This is the lost Ireland so many retirees dream of.

Cost Of Living In The Barrow Region

Ireland is not a super-affordable retirement choice; however, property values today are down from their pre-2008 boom-time highs. Markets elsewhere in Ireland, especially in Dublin, are moving up again. This remote region of Ireland, though, remains seriously undervalued. A monthly budget for cost of living in the area is 1,830 euros.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In The Barrow Region, Ireland

Click here for currency conversion at today’s exchange rate.

Rent €700
Gas €70 Used for cooking and heating.
Electricity €70
Water €20
Telephone €45
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV €25
Groceries €400
Entertainment €500
Total €1,830

 

Tourism In The Barrow Region

This “Medieval city” (now officially a town) is the arts and artisanal center of Ireland. From April to October, its streets buzz with local and tourist shoppers in search of unique clothing, gifts, and homewares. They come in the winter months, too, though in lesser numbers. The big event in town is the annual Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June that attracts comedy fans from around the world, while November’s Kilkenomics Festival—a quirky marriage of economists and comedians from around the world—is growing in popularity. And, any time boredom strikes, you can reach Dublin in 70 minutes by direct motorway.

The whole county of Kilkenny deserves to be explored, particularly those towns and villages along the Nore and Barrow rivers. Dotted between patchwork fields representing every shade of green, you’ll find potters, glassmakers, and jewelry designers, all inspired by the natural beauty surrounding them.

While Graiguenamanagh has all the appearances of a sleepy Irish village, the river is a hub of activity. Visitors here don’t come for the nightlife. They come to swim, jump from the diving boards, kayak, barge, fish, and eat some of the tastiest home baking from local tearooms and cafes.

Golfers have great options. Just 2 kilometers outside Graiguenamanagh, on the Carlow side of the river, is 18-hole Carrigleade Golf Course. Other notable courses in the county are Kilkenny Golf Club, Callan Golf Club, and the prestigious Jack-Nicklaus-designed Mount Juliet Golf Course that has twice hosted the WGC-American Express Championship. If you’re not a golfer, the Mount Juliet resort is ideal for a leisurely stroll and a treat of afternoon tea.