It has been 74 months since I arrived at Cork Airport with five bags of my favorite possessions to make Ireland my new home. Though time has given me comfort and sense of feeling local, I still remember what it feels like to assimilate to a new life in a new city in a new country so this post is for newcomers to Ireland, with a focus on those new to Cork City or visiting here.
Of course, you should own a raincoat or some rain boots if you will be walking much. I walk everywhere here so I have Wellies and also a pair of trusty and vintage Bean Boots.
If you sew, familiarise yourself with Cork Button Company.
If you like beer, wine, or whiskey, visit Bradley’s Off-Licence on North Main Street
For second-hand shopping in Cork City, you have many options and good prices. Not shabby stuff either!
Go to brunch! It is a nice way to settle into your new home. Here’s a list of Brunch spots in Cork City.
Having trouble with the accent? Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it. But the slang may take a bit of help. I’ve made notes and they’re all in my Cork Slang Dictionary.
Forget something in the move?
For appliances, shop Argos (€), Debenhams (€€), Brown Thomas (€€€), or one of the home stores like B&Q, Dwyers, or Woodies.
For bedding or home linens, shop Penney’s/Primark (€), Guiney’s (€), Dunnes (€), TK Maxx (€€), Debenhams (€€), Next (€€), or Brown Thomas (€€€).
For home decor (like toss pillows or candlesticks, shop Argos (€), Penney’s/Primark (€), Guiney’s (€), Dunnes (€), TK Maxx (€€), Debenhams (€€), Next (€€), or Brown Thomas (€€€).
For curtain rods and curtains, shop Guiney’s (€).
To sew your own curtains, shop for fabric at Guiney’s (€-€€), Vibes and Scribes (€-€€€), or Hickey’s (€€€).
Now, I have many more blog posts and resources, but now I’m going to share some outside resources because I am a grown-up and can admit I don’t know everything. Shhh, don’t tell my husband.
Soon enough, you’ll be setting your Wellies by the door and feeling at-home in Cork.