With a strong, open economy and strategic location, it’s unsurprising that Dublin is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to do business, especially for tax and transfer pricing prospects. The city provides the kind of lifestyle and opportunities that attract homegrown professionals and international tax expatriates. The native population are famed for their welcoming hospitality with Dublin twice voted Europe’s Friendliest City by TripAdvisor. In addition to Ireland’s cultural events and ancient sites, Ireland has a wealth of sporting attractions with numerous international events scheduled to take place across the country, ideal for interested tax expats.
As Ireland recovered from the financial crisis in 2008, Dublin emerged as a bustling international city which made it attractive to ambitious tax professionals. Some of the biggest global brands, such as Google (which employs 3,500 people in the city) and Yahoo, have their regional or head offices in the Irish capital. This phenomenon has been accelerated by friendly business rates and corporate taxes, leading many analysts to describe the city as Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley.
Ireland’s balance of modernity and traditionalism makes it a hit with tax and transfer pricing expatriates, as increasing numbers of professionals relocate to the country. This second in our two-part lifestyle guide to the Emerald Isle explores some of the sporting events which will help to attract high-flying expatriates to the city in 2020.
The Irish love their sport. The rugby team has become an increasing source of national pride as one of the world’s best. And with 3 matches at home in the upcoming 6 Nations Championship, the ‘Men in Green’ will be among the favourites for the title. Irish club rugby is also high-class, with the Leinster side one of the best in the Northern Hemisphere.
They are also big football fans and Dublin will host 3 matches at the upcoming Euro 2020 championship. With both nations that represent the island in with a chance of qualifying, expect a carnival atmosphere in the city during the month of June.
However popular football and rugby are, these global sports are eclipsed by the island’s own indigenous sports. Gaelic Games (GAA) capture the nation’s imagination, with Gaelic football being particularly popular. However, it is the sport of Hurling that takes centre stage in the nation’s heart and is by far the most popular sport. The sport is older than Ireland’s recorded history and the country comes to a standstill every September to watch the All-Ireland championship final – which fills the 82,000 capacity in Dublin’s iconic Croke Park.
Ireland also has world-class golfing facilities and links courses scattered over the island, perfect for tax and treasury expats looking for ideas on how to spend their spare time. Many playing host some of the world’s premier golf championships, with the ‘K Club’ in Kildare holding to the 2006 Ryder Cup and the island set-top host the prestigious event again in 2026 at Adare Manor course in county Limerick.
The extensive variety and quality of fishing in Ireland see the island recognised as an outstanding fishing destination in Europe. The temperate Irish climate is kind to the angler with moderate summers, mild winters and adequate annual rainfall. The warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift lap the south and west coasts, giving the area a milder climate than its geographical location might indicate. The result is a fabulous mixture of cold and warm water fish species, capable of exciting the specialist or casual angler, with Pike considered most plentiful. Popular fishing destinations include the River Suir (one of the ‘Three Sister’s rivers) near Waterford which is popular for trout fishing, with Roscommon being known for its Pike.
Ireland truly has plenty for everyone, from the bustling modern metropolis of Dublin to the tranquil traditionalism of provincial areas within easy reach. As international tax workers continue to migrate to the city, expect this cultural hub to go from strength to strength.
Ireland isn’t just famous for its incredible commitment to sporting activities and events, its rich culture also includes fantastic scenic road trips, ancient sites and arts. This gives ambitious tax expats peace of mind if pondering a relocation to Ireland.
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