Moving from an urban environment to a rural area can be a significant lifestyle change. But with changing technology, ways of working and growing house prices - particularly in our cities and big urban areas - more and more people are making the move.
For anyone who has never lived in a rural property, it can be a big change. Here are some things you need to know or consider before making a move.
Rural communities often thrive on close-knit relationships. Many people find a great sense of belonging when they become an active part of the community and build good relationships with neighbours.
Attend local events, join clubs, and participate in community activities to foster connections and make the transition smoother.
In Ireland, almost every community will have a local GAA club which is a great place to start!
A lot of communities even have their own unique traditions.
Rural areas may have limited public transportation options, and distances between destinations can be greater. So for those who don't drive, rural living can be very difficult.
You'll need to make sure you have a reliable car and don't mind doing a lot of driving.
Access to healthcare services may not be as immediate as in urban areas. Someone who lives in Templeogue in Dublin, is within 20 minutes of about 10 different hospitals. This is not the case with most rural areas outside Dublin. So if you have any medial needs which require regular visits to hospitals, then you need to be thoughtful about the location you choose.
Make sure you know the nearest medical facilities and understand emergency response times. It's advisable to register with a local GP as soon as you move and make sure the are aware of any medial history.
If you have children or are planning to, investigate the local school system. Rural areas may have fewer educational institutions, and the quality of schools can vary.
Research the available options and think about how they align with your family's needs and values.
Natural Environment Awareness
If you live in Tallaght, you may only experience snow once every few years for a few days. But if you move just 5-10 miles into the Dublin/Wicklow mountains, there's a good chance you'll see snow every year which could even cause roads to be closed or impassable.
Even though Ireland is a small country, some parts of the gets a lot more rain and wind than other parts.
So do a little online research or speak with locals before making the move.
Utilities and Energy Sources
Most urban properties in Ireland have access to the Gas network. Most rural properties don't. This means you would likely need to have an oil tank and boiler.
Many rural properties do not have access to mains water or drainage so rely on on site wells and septic tanks. These both need annual servicing and regular maintenance.
Although Ireland has come a long way with broadband access over the last few years, many rural properties still do not have access to reliable fast broadband. Although there are other options becoming available (e.g. Starlink) you still need to make sure you have a connection that meets your needs.
Make sure you research the costs and maintenance associated with these utilities to avoid surprises.
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