Irish cities

If the Republic of Ireland is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s most popular cities!


Dublin is the Republic of Irelands capital city and is also the most populated urban area in the country. It is located close to the midpoint of Ireland’s East coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. For a brief time the city was the second largest city in the British Empire. After the nation won its independence the Irish government was established in the city making Dublin the political and cultural centre of the country. According to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Dublin is classed as a global city and is placed in the list of the top 30 cities in the world. The city has struggled in recent years due to the Euro crisis and in particular the collapse of Iceland’s banking sector as the locals say, ‘what’s the difference between Ireland and Iceland? Six months.’


Dublin has two completely different names in the Irish Language, Dubh Linn and Baile Átha Cliath.

Dublin is twinned with Beijing in China, Barcelona in Spain, San Jose in the USA and Liverpool.

The oldest pub in Ireland is in Dublin, the Brazen head has been the site of a pub since 1198.

The city is the birthplace of Guinness.

The writer of Dracula, Bram Stoker, was born in Dublin.

Main attractions

As the cultural heart of Ireland Dublin is full of museums, art galleries and theatres not to mention an excellent place to do you’re shopping. The most popular place for those people looking for some peace and quiet is the world’s largest enclosed municipal park called the Phoenix Park. Inside the grounds can be found Dublin zoo and the magnificent residences of the Irish President and US ambassador.


If you want to live on the West coast of Ireland, Galway is the city for you. A city immensely proud of its Gaelic traditions and long know as the city of tribes Galway is the third largest town in Ireland and the most important urban area in the west of the country. Galway boasts a legendary nightlife filled with bars, beer and whiskey. The countryside outside of the town is Ireland at its spectacular best with rolling hills and spectacular views of the Atlantic coast.


The Irish name for Galway is Gaillimh meaning a stony place or stony river.

A Galway Hooker is a traditional boat used in Galway.

The River Corrib is the shortest river in Europe being only 4 miles long.

On 15 June, 1919 British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown landed in Clifden, Co. Galway after making the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

In 2007 Galway was named one of the top eight “sexiest cities” in the world, must be the redheads and the accents.

Main attractions

The county of Galway is full of ancient castles and churches as-well-as beautiful country landscapes and walking trails. One of the most famous landmarks is the Spanish arch and Atherny castle which dates all the way back to 1250. Located in Galway bay is the Aran Islands which provide a taste of pure old Gaelic Ireland.


Cork is one of Ireland’s most important sea ports and s located in the heart of Munster province. It’s the second largest city in the country with a population of 482,418. For centuries the city has been known for its rebellious folk and as a result the area of county Cork is often referred to as ‘the Rebel County’. Cork is renowned for its annual festivals and it’s a centre for Irish culture.


County Cork is the largest in Ireland.

The Irish or Gaelic name for Cork is ‘Corcaigh’ meaning ‘a marsh’.

Cork harbour is said to be the second largest harbour in the world. Sydney harbour is the biggest.

The tallest building in the Republic of Ireland, the Elysian, is in Cork.

Cork invented steeple chasing when a cork resident challenged his neighbour to a race to the nearby church.

Main attractions

The most popular attraction in Cork is the Fota wildlife park. Set on 70acres of land on the scenic Fota Island in the centre of cork harbour this attraction is an award winning day out for all the family. Like Galway, Cork offers some spectacular scenery and countryside to explore as-well-as a bustling nightlife.