We go way back. The Dutch first came to Ireland in the 17th Century when
Lord Orrery brought over 40 families to the country in order to ‘civilize’ the Irish.
Ever since, the Dutch diaspora have been making their presence felt…
Dutch Billy architecture
in the 1790’s
Thank you for giving us…
in the 90’s
and the TomTom
in the 00’s
There are over
Dutch nationals living in Ireland (we need more).
That’s more than a
increase in the community in just 10 years.
Interview with Eefje from Spouses Abroad
How you landed in Ireland
My boyfriend and I were living in Copenhagen, Denmark before
we moved to Ireland as he was working there. He was given the
opportunity to work in Dublin so we decided to take that
chance and come here. Copenhagen wasn’t a place where I
managed to settle in. Thankfully Dublin has already ended up
being a great decision because the Irish are friendly, helpful,
open and everyone speaks English, which makes it a lot easier
Impressions of Ireland - how you adjusted
I arrived in Ireland on June 18th so I'm still pretty new to the
country but my first impressions have been that of a hard
working society and one where they tend to have children at a
young age. Dublin is a bit rawer than Copenhagen and
Amsterdam which gives the city an edge. This encourages me to
build something up for myself and really try and make the best
of my time here.
The story of your business
Moving abroad means seeing many new places, traveling a lot,
hearing many different languages and meeting many different
people and cultures in a very short period of time. As
accompanying spouses we know what the struggles are that
people come across when moving to a new country.
Struggles such as; Where do I find a job? Where's the nearest
supermarket? Where can I find the best or nearest GP? And,
how do I pay for things in a country which is as cash driven as
Ireland is, where I can barely use my pin card?
My personal experiences of living abroad in Copenhagen with
little attention for me as a relocated spouse, and meeting many
other spouses in the same situation as Sylvia, helped us made
the decision to set-up a company that helps others, like us, who
have been relocated internationally.
Accompanying spouses shouldn't be the forgotten group. They
often have a lot to offer in their new country of residence and
we truly believe that they can have a great positive impact on
their new environment and the city can benefit from them. And
be clever, investing in an accompanying spouse means your
employee will stay forever.
Interview with Vivian Oosterkamp, Online Marketing Specialist
How was the switch from Amsterdam to Dublin?
Adjusting was actually pretty easy for me thanks to Dublin’s
great mix of international people. You really don’t feel like a
foreigner and I even made some really good Irish friends! Being
quite an outdoorsy person too, I loved the fact that Ireland has
so much nature to offer. Even close to downtown Dublin you
can visit some great beaches like Howth, Sandymount or Bray.
And then on weekends you can sometimes rent a car and go on
road trips to the West Coast. Beautiful!
So any tips for us?
Getting talking to people! When I think of Irish people, I mostly
think of the locals I chat to in pubs and of course the taxi drivers
who have the strongest Irish accents! The Irish are very nice and
welcoming people and are always eager to show you their
country. On the flipside, the weather is a small downside but I
guess us Dutchies are used to rainy weather! Ireland beats
everything though so it’s best to get some good rain gear and
just get out there on rainy, stormy days!!
What about those dark moments when you miss
Bitterballen or Stroopwafels?
Ha! Food wise, I have to say that Dublin has some great
restaurants and food markets to offer. Even in my
neighbourhood of Ranelagh in Dublin 4, there are some great
Italian, Thai and Chinese restaurants and pubs with good bar
food. There are also lots of nice cafés for Sunday breakfasts.
Yum. Make mine an Eggs Benedict! So you’d
recommend a move to Ireland?
Absolutely! Working in Dublin has been a great life experience
for me. I’ve met so many great friends, and learned so much on
a professional level from mentors and colleagues. I feel that
people are not just there for the money but rather because they
believed in it and wanted to be part of this great success. It’s a
very stimulating environment to work in.
Sounds good. And when you shutdown that
laptop, where can we find you on a Friday night?
Hmm, Oceans Bar in the Tech Village or Slattery’s on Upper
Grand Canal Street is a happening hotspot for Dutch tech-peeps.
Thijs van der Haak
Marketing Manager, Global Tech Company
JJ Van der Laan
Head, Dutch Irish Association
Here’s what the Dutch are saying about Dublin
As a small-business owner in Dublin I find it really easy to get
help and advice from fellow business owners and enterprise
groups. There’s a willingness to help each other which is great!
Owner, Dublin Bike Shop
Stats shows the Dutch move to Ireland for 3 reasons…
Find a job. There are lots
of opportunities for Dutch
speakers with these skills...
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