I’ve alluded to some of the reasons why we are moving to Dublin, but I guess it is worth going into a bit more detail.
The first and probably most obvious reason is that Lana was brought up there. I’ve always said to her that we would give it a go at some point, and now seems like the right time. I’ve been down in Southampton for over eight years, and save for a single year so has Lana. We’ve been together for four years, and living together in the same place for the past three. We have reached the point where we either settle down for good in Southampton, or we move on somewhere else. Now there are many good things about Southampton and the surrounding area, but it has never truly felt like home to either of us. Friends aside, we’ve simply become a bit bored of it.
The first thought when considering where we might relocate to was to accommodate my job. Lana’s nursing makes her a lot more flexible than me, so we thought about where we might like to buy a house. We knew we probably didn’t want to to this in Southampton, and therefore we looked further afield. There was little point in looking to somewhere like Basingstoke, Reading or the likes as we’d be too far away from friends and would have to start afresh. The only other option would be to move up back towards Watford/Luton where I grew up and where we both know a fair amount of people. The problem there was that it would make commuting to Hursley impossible, meaning I’d have to look at moving into a different job role within IBM. Leaving the world of development for a services type role wasn’t something I was keen on doing.
So if we were going to relocate somewhere then it might as well be to Dublin where Lana has her family and friends, I have relatives, and what’s more, I could find a job which kept me in a development role without having to consider looking outside of IBM.
I guess the second reason is that I’m intrigued to experience living in somewhere other than England. Whilst I’ll admit that Ireland isn’t exactly a huge way away, I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a distinctly different way of life. I’ll freely admit that it has been increasingly depressing to watch the slow but systematic erosion of values which has happened over the past few years in England. I’m pretty fed up of seeing governmental cock-up after cock-up with regards to how the country is run, and have looked on in envy as I’ve either seen friends leave or read about people who have not looked back after doing so. Don’t get me wrong, I am truly proud of my place of birth, but I’m just not that keen on the way it is going. Whether Ireland is any better I don’t know, but it will be refreshing to experience. Of course, one can read all sorts of similar arguments about the Irish political and social situation, especially with the forthcoming election, but there is something about the Irish nature which seems to be more relaxed and dare I say liberal about such matters. Of course, it helps that the papers are not full of news about a phoney war on a daily basis either. Another thing I am genuinely looking forward to is sampling the famous history of begrudgery in the Irish nature, primarily as a nice antidote to the horrific cult of celebrity which is now pervasive through life on these shores.
To sum it up, I’ll refer to a passage from Joe Laredo’s Living and Working in Ireland, which I picked up in Borders yesterday. It pretty much says it all about why I am looking forward to moving there:
When it is all said and done, Ireland is one of the most open, liberal, stable and tolerant societies in the world. It has a strong economy, political stability, a good education system, a skilled workforce, a high standard of living, excellent health care services and a wealth of natural beauty. But perhaps above all, the Irish are renowned for their relaxed way of life. “When God made time, he made plenty of it” is a popular saying – and the Irish certainly seem to know how to make the most of it. Put simply, Ireland is a great place in which to live, work and raise a family.
You can’t hope for much more than that!