Adjustments as an American Expat or Immigrant in Ireland

There are so many differences and changes to which I needed to adapt upon moving here nearly seven years ago, but some of them still creep back into my thoughts and strike me with a momentary, "I never did figure out why that's the case." About those unique and haunting adjustments, I am writing an entire … Continue reading Adjustments as an American Expat or Immigrant in Ireland

First Thing’s First: Next 3 things to do upon arriving to live in Ireland

So, you read my previous post in this series, First Thing's First: Top 3 things to do upon arriving to live in Ireland, and you have: 1) Registered with An Garda Síochána (Guardians of the Peace = Police). 2) Gotten a PPS number. 3) Opened a local bank account. Now what? Well, here are the next … Continue reading First Thing’s First: Next 3 things to do upon arriving to live in Ireland

Ask Evin – Where Should I Visit in Ireland and is it Hard to Drive on the Left?

Writing this blog has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people! Some are in the process of relocating to Ireland (or considering it), while others are just visiting. Most recently, Domina contacted me to ask for my advice about her upcoming trip to the Emerald Isle. Here is her note, followed by … Continue reading Ask Evin – Where Should I Visit in Ireland and is it Hard to Drive on the Left?

First Thing’s First: Top 3 things to do upon arriving to live in Ireland

You've packed up your life in the U.S. and moved to the Emerald Isle for your new life. Perhaps you are an ex-pat working here, maybe you married an Irishman or lovely Irish woman, or your grandfather was an Irish citizen and you've just gained your own citizenship - whatever the reason here are my … Continue reading First Thing’s First: Top 3 things to do upon arriving to live in Ireland

How to Get a Provisional Driving Licence, aka Learner’s Permit, in Ireland

I remember when I got my learner’s permit at age 16 in the States. It was an exciting thing since where I lived you could take the written theory test at age 15 years and nine months then take the driving/road test when you were 16 years old. Now, many years later, I am going through the process again to be able to drive in Ireland. Though I possess a valid U.S. driver’s license, as a resident I need an Irish permit to drive here as there is no option to convert my American permit for an Irish one. If you’re from an EU/EEA country, that might be possible for you so pursue that using this form. “American citizens are permitted to drive with a U.S. driver's license for the duration of a visit to Ireland; i.e., as long as their status is that of tourist and not resident. Once you decide to become resident in Ireland, regardless of how long you have been in the country, you must apply for an Irish driver's license.” There are several steps in the process to earn an Irish driver’s permit and this doesn’t even consider the steps required to purchase/own a vehicle. Here are FAQs for your reference. Below, I’ve detailed the steps with details and links to make it simpler for you.