Leaving Ireland: Is Ireland No Longer The Best Country to Live In?

Mathilde Stansky
6 min readMar 19, 2023
Photo by Matheus Câmara da Silva on Unsplash

After years of living in Ireland I decided to finally leave it. And apparently I’m not the only person who has made such a decision recently. Young people ready to leave Ireland, research finds — The Irish Post says. Ireland’s young people are leaving as they are no longer proud to call this country home — reports The Irish Times. I am one of the many young people leaving Ireland, here’s why — explains a reader’s letter in Galway Pulse.

Recent research from Ireland’s Central Office of Statistics indicates that a significant proportion of individuals under 30 are open to the idea of relocating to another European country. More than 57% of respondents aged 18 to 29 expressed their willingness to emigrate in order to live in a place with lower living costs.

Are these sudden popular decisions the result of only this? Ireland was considered one of the best countries to live in until recently. How has the situation changed in the last three years? My experience is all I have to offer.

Ireland’s Unfamous Weather

The weather factor might not be the most significant when it comes to deciding to move out of the country for people born and raised here, in Ireland. However, expats from sunny Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal, etc., find the Irish weather deadly. The Irish weather conditions, unpredictable and often harsh, can significantly impact the quality of life and can make it difficult for many people to adjust.

Firstly, Ireland’s location in the North Atlantic Ocean exposes it to strong winds, rain, and storms throughout the year. The country’s climate is predominantly influenced by the Gulf Stream, which brings warm air from the Caribbean, but also creates moist conditions that lead to frequent rainfall. This means that it can rain for weeks on end, and even on sunny days, sudden showers can occur without warning. This constant wetness and dampness can make it challenging to maintain a comfortable living environment, and it can lead to issues such as dampness and mold in homes, which can cause health problems.

Furthermore, the lack of sunlight can also affect mental health, and many people living in Ireland suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of…

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Mathilde Stansky

Nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, writer intrigued by neuromarketing and emerging tech. Embracing change, exploring possibilities, and writing about it all.