There was a net jobs increase in Ireland of about 33,000 last year with a predicted 40,000 more to be added in 2015. This nation of ours has become a global hub for pharma and tech companies with 9 of the top 10 multinational companies in the world located here. That growth has helped to spur jobs growth across all sectors.
According to the IDA, for every 10 jobs created through FDI another 7 are generated in the wider economy. Ireland is beginning to roar again and most Irish emigrants returning home are confident of securing a job. Those may be the most practical reasons to come home for good, but the best reasons to come home are the things you really miss, like…
Those glorious two weeks of summer
Also known as Leaving Cert weather
Warmer times just around the corner! pic.twitter.com/PLSHBr5dGl
— Bread and Butter D9 (@BreadButterD9) May 10, 2015
Our obsession with the weather
We really love talking about the weather. 60% of people talk about the weather twice a day. Okay we’ll stop now…we promise.
The Island of saints, scholars and slagging
Our weather is trying at times but at least we have a sense of humour about it.
Winning Streak. Need we say any more? Baffling to many, especially people who didn’t grow up with it, but we’d still go on it in a heartbeat. Just be sure not to injure yourself.
When in doubt, just replace nouns with words like ‘yoke’ and people’s names with ‘yer one’ and ‘yer man’, people will get it.
Eating a 99
There are more ice creams consumed in Ireland than Italy, nearly 250,000 ice creams a day in July and August. That’s a lot of Fat Frogs!
An Irish delicacy, don’t you know.
Don’t forget tayto
The basis of many a care package, an Irish institution, and the only thing that might be a better sandwich filling than ham.
The Barrys or Lyons debate
Lyons tea found that 69% of irish people they surveyed living abroad said they missed a decent cup of tea more than a pint in their local pub.
‘Thanks, Penneys’ is now the standard expression of fashion-based gratitude across the land.
‘It’s like coming home to free stuff’
Remember all the wonderful things that were too heavy or impractical to bring with you? They’re all awaiting your return.
Just look at how beautiful this country is.
How easy it is to get around
Be it from one side of the country to the other, down the road for a sliced pan or jump on a Ryanair flight for a weekend in Europe.
The Irish pub
The craic is ‘mighty’ and there are still some locals that can sell you some WD-40 with your pint of Guinness.
Not having to schedule conversations with your family
And not having to spend the first five minutes shouting ‘Hello, can you hear me?!’ ‘HELLO’ ‘HEL-oh never mind’.
Hugging your family at the arrivals hall
You didn’t know you missed it until just now but you do, take a listen and then tell us you don’t.