Any advice? Apart from screaming "No, don't even think about it!!!"
I have an Irish background and shoals of cousins (mostly around Waterford, Tipperary and Dublin) so not a total newbie on the Emerald Isle. And I've moved around the UK a fair bit including ten years in Scotland so used to making myself at home in new areas.
I'm early retired (after having lost my lovely partner of eleven years to cancer in 2015) so employment is not an issue.
My plan is to relocate to Waterford for various reasons. It's a big city, in the sunny South-East,handy for the ferries from Rosslare, and with easy access by train to Dublin. I'm going over for a visit next month and will do a bit of exploring and see if my initial thoughts work out. If all goes well I'd rent a flat for a while before committing myself to buying something. I've been doing a lot of online research but there's no substitute for spending some time in the place.
So there it is. I'm looking for friends (anywhere in Ireland really, I'm pretty mobile and like to travel and there's lots of areas I don't know well). Any advice on potential problems and of course on all the plus sides of life in Ireland would be appreciated