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Second Edition, February 2012
Pages: 288

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612381817

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Moon Living Abroad in Ireland

Christina McDonald knows what it takes to make the move to Ireland, and she shares her seasoned advice on transplanting to this vibrant country in Moon Living Abroad in Ireland. Whether it’s a bungalow in verdant County Kilkenny, a flat in lively Dublin, or a rustic cottage in the quiet Lakelands, there’s a place that matches your budget, needs, and dreams—and McDonald uses her firsthand knowledge of Ireland to ensure that you have all the tools you need to obtain visas, arrange your finances, find employment, and choose schools for your kids.

Packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, plus extensive color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps, Moon Living Abroad in Ireland will help you find your bearings as you settle into your new home and life abroad.

Here’s what author Christina McDonald-Legg loves about Ireland:
  • The easygoing, laid-back atmosphere and attitude.
  • The Irish sense of craic (good times) lends an intoxicating edge to any social atmosphere.
  • The lyrical quality of the Irish accent.
  • Ireland is so compact, you can get almost anywhere in the Republic in 3–4 hours.
  • The Irish are fiercely proud of their Irish heritage but are always willing to accept an outsider.
  • The juxtaposition of a cosmopolitan vibe in the city with a sense of the Old World in the country.
  • Tea in Ireland makes everything better, from a simple sore throat to a broken heart.
  • The ease with which complete strangers will talk to you.
  • Everybody seems related by just six degrees of separation (at most). You can be with an Irish friend in the store, and they will strike up a conversation over the apples and find out that person is their uncle’s third cousin’s wife.
  • The stunning beauty of the country, from quaint villages to jaw-dropping vistas, from sheer cliffs to rolling, lush green hills.
  • Thatched-roof cottages still abound in the countryside.
  • Nobody thinks twice if you have a glass of wine or a pint of beer at lunch. Or even if you have two.
  • The Irish work to live, instead of living to work: Consider four working weeks (20 days) vacation leave, nine public holidays, and six months of paid maternity leave.
  • Subsidized health care. We don’t have it in America, so I was able to really appreciate affordable health care in Ireland.
  • The changeable weather means you may wake up to rain, but you’ll probably also see the sun a few times.

Christina McDonald-Legg

Christina McDonald’s first memory of Ireland is seeing a photo of the Dingle Peninsula when she was a child. Having grown up in Seattle, she was sure there was no place greener than Washington State, but that picture proved her wrong. Twenty-five years later, she went to Dingle and was seduced by the intense emerald green of the countryside, the colorful terraced houses, the sparkling blue of the sea, and the friendly, charismatic people. A year after returning home to America, she decided to make the move to Ireland to pursue a master’s degree in journalism at the National University of Ireland, Galway. While she was there, she met her future husband, Richard, in a tae kwon do class.

After receiving her degree, Christina married Richard and stayed in Ireland for a few years before moving to London, where she currently lives. Since then, she has enjoyed writing for print, radio, and online media in Ireland, England, and the United States, including Dublin’s Sunday Times, Galway’s Connacht Tribune, the Galway Independent, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Colures Magazine,, and

When not busy writing, Christina likes to spend time with friends and family, read, work out at the gym, and travel with her husband and their young son, Adam.