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It's like I said right at the start of this topic - Galway is a major university city so lots of transient student accommodation, as in shared housing, and it is also a major tourist destination with festival after festival in the summer - fun city - so really expensive for anyone wanting to move there permanently and get their own apartment. With the motorway system in place now, the commuter radius, particularly  to the east and south has also expanded massively which means high prices out of town as well. I am guessing Edo doesn't want to live in a town. A car is almost essential in most rural areas in Ireland which rules that out. It's a difficult one.

 

But be glad you are not in Sevilla this week Edo. The temps in mainland Europe at the moment are breaking records in the heatwave. In Sevilla it will be hitting 40 later in the week.

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You're right as always, Michael. 

 

There will be no country living without a car. And no student-like sharing. I'll let you all know tomorrow what I plan to do. 

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Best of luck, as always. Keep us posted...

 

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It's sad and unfortunate, but Galway has not worked out. And Ireland has not worked out. I’ll be going to Liverpool in July. 
 
The rental situation here is impossible. Should I be trying Cork or Kerry? No. Also too expensive. There was nothing even to consider in Sligo and Sligo is not a place to be if you want to shoot stock pictures. Someone asked me if I liked Galway. I like it. I liked Dumbo, San Miguel, Montreal, and Seville too. But that question borders on the irrelevant. I'm looking for a place to live, something I can afford. There's nothing like that in Ireland. 
 
After a frustrating morning at rental offices and getting 2 rejections online, I came back to my hotel and on the TV was one of the Irish news channels showing a debate in the Irish Parliament about . . . the out of control cost of renting and buying living space in Ireland. Just in this last year or two, prices have gone through the roof. 
 
At the recommended Sherry Fitzgerald agency, they had no one bedrooms and the few places they had were 1,600 euros a month and up.
 
But I have three problems: there's almost nothing available. What there is is far too expensive. And as one friendly agent told me today, they are very picky about who they rent to. He was talking about ageism. 
 
Do I want to go to Liverpool? No. But for every 10 flats that are up for rental there, they only have one person trying to rent. What do I do if Liverpool fails? I don't know. But Ireland, like everywhere before it, has failed. In Brexit England as an Irish citizen, I can live and get free healthcare. At least until the nation falls apart. I lived in Oxfordshire in the '80s, so I speak the language. 
 
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One thing I know, Edo, is that you have your head screwed on straight. You’ll figure it out, and you will know it when it feels right. That’s instinct and common sense.

Good luck. Keep on keepin’ on. 

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

Do I want to go to Liverpool? No. But for every 10 flats that are up for rental there, they only have one person trying to rent. What do I do if Liverpool fails? I don't know. But Ireland, like everywhere before it, has failed. In Brexit England as an Irish citizen, I can live and get free healthcare. At least until the nation falls apart. I lived in Oxfordshire in the '80s, so I speak the language. 

 

When landing at Liverpool you will, of course, be following in the footsteps of many Irish immigrants over the centuries. Liverpool is a vibrant place, cosmopolitan (like so many other ports), but suffering from years of economic decline and lack of investment. The city is one of the cheapest places in UK to live. Your stint in Oxfordshire won’t have prepared you for the Liverpudlian accent, which is strong, distinctive and - to some ears - impenetrable. The Scousers’ reputation for humour is probably deserved. You won’t be bored!

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Sorry to hear that living in Ireland isn't going to work out. Liverpool sounds like a good option. It has been a hard day's night for you so far, to quote some famous Liverpudlians. I guess the biggest concern is what might happen to your healthcare options in England after Brexit.

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I don't have a crystal ball to see how Brexit is going to turn out but the Irish-UK relationship has been around long before the EU.
 
Am I looking forward to Liverpool? Not even a little bit. The only thing I am sure about is that most of the buskers will be doing Beatles songs.
 
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16 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 what might happen to your healthcare options in England after Brexit.

Nothing.

Edo, healthcare entitlement in the UK is by residence. An irish citizen is considered settled on arrival, but a long-term rental won't hurt.. Register with a GP as soon as you have a flat.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/visiting-or-moving-to-england/how-to-access-nhs-services-in-england/

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10 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:
I don't have a crystal ball to see how Brexit is going to turn out but the Irish-UK relationship has been around long before the EU.
 
Am I looking forward to Liverpool? Not even a little bit. The only thing I am sure about is that most of the buskers will be doing Beatles songs.
 
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I bet you know some Beatles tunes yourself. 😉

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7 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

I bet you know some Beatles tunes yourself.

 

When I'm 64?

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47 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

When I'm 64?

 

The lads were thinking about ageism even way back then.

 

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3 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

The lads were thinking about ageism even way back then.

 

 

It was the oldest age they could think of... and now I'm looking at it from the wrong side...

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2 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

It was the oldest age they could think of... and now I'm looking at it from the wrong side...

 

Me too ... actually it's not nearly as bad as made out to be, at least not so far.  Mind you, I still don't trust anyone over 100. 😃

 

I believe that Sir Paul is 77 now, and he seems to be doing fine as well.

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Edo, that's a crying shame.  I really hoped you'd find a place over here, somewhere a little bit out of cities/towns would be cheaper, worth a look?

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A crying shame indeed, Andy. And I don't know if I'm making a good move. 14 months I've been at this now.
 
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52 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:
 
A crying shame indeed, Andy. And I don't know if I'm making a good move. 14 months I've been at this now.
 
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Would it be prudent to stay and look a little longer?  Take a look at this, there are cheaper options out there:

 

https://www.daft.ie/cork/apartments-for-rent/skibbereen/north-st-skibbereen-cork-1937934/

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27 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

Would it be prudent to stay and look a little longer?  Take a look at this, there are cheaper options out there:

 

https://www.daft.ie/cork/apartments-for-rent/skibbereen/north-st-skibbereen-cork-1937934/

 

That's a comfortable-looking little pad. Love the name of the town as well.

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7 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

 

That's a comfortable-looking little pad. Love the name of the town as well.

Skibbereen is in West Cork, about a 20 minute drive from me and even closer to the other Andy (aphperspective).  Skibb is great - good bus links, shops a-plenty, stuff to shoot and it's where my girlfriend has her café!

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54 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

Skibbereen is in West Cork, about a 20 minute drive from me and even closer to the other Andy (aphperspective).  Skibb is great - good bus links, shops a-plenty, stuff to shoot and it's where my girlfriend has her café!

 

It certainly looks like a pretty town. But Edo is used to the big city...

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1 minute ago, John Mitchell said:

 

It certainly looks like a pretty town. But Edo is used to the big city...

Well I always said that, then I moved to the middle of nowhere and love it.

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I would certainly feel better if Edo was near our friends on the forum. He's been rattling around on his own too long.

 

Paulette

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"Changes in 2015 now mean that people eligible for free NHS hospital treatment is provided on the basis of someone being ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK. This term broadly means the country in which a person is normally resident.  Eligibility is not dependent upon nationality, payment of UK taxes, national insurance contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number or owning property in the UK." 

 

Mark had it right. That's the opposite of what's required in Spain or Italy.

 

I've already said all I have to say about living outside the city without a car. You have a car, right Andy?

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Yeah a Bugatti Veyron to go with his mansion and yacht :D

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

"Changes in 2015 now mean that people eligible for free NHS hospital treatment is provided on the basis of someone being ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK. This term broadly means the country in which a person is normally resident.  Eligibility is not dependent upon nationality, payment of UK taxes, national insurance contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number or owning property in the UK." 

 

Mark had it right. That's the opposite of what's required in Spain or Italy.

 

I've already said all I have to say about living outside the city without a car. You have a car, right Andy?

I certainly do, Edo, but if I were living in Skibbereen, I could pretty much do without one.

5 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

Yeah a Bugatti Veyron to go with his mansion and yacht :D

Eejit 🤣

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