Ireland is sort of expensive to most. However wages and taxes are adapted to Irish price levels. Added to that expats tend to earn a better than average salary. So do not feel uncomfortable with the prices, you will be able to maintain a normal standard of living Working and Living in Ireland.

Cost of Living in Dublin (source Expatistan.com)

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district €12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) €8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast €4.83
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk €1.22
12 eggs, large €3.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.09
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese €5.36
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples €2.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket €2.53
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality €13
2 liters of Coca-Cola €2.23
Bread for 2 people for 1 day €1.54
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area €1,927
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area €1,545
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat €172
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area €1,340
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area €1,011
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio €108
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) €44
40” flat screen TV €506
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) €144
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) €8
Hourly rate for cleaning help €14
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) €85
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) €43
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) €94
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes €100
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new €26,733
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas €1.33
Monthly ticket public transport €122
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) €20
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) €6
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) €17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) €59
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) €4.40
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) €3.98
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €4.34
4 rolls of toilet paper €2.49
Tube of toothpaste €2.78
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city €16
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub €42
2 tickets to the movies €20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) €91
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert €74
1 cocktail drink in downtown club €11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city €3.29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) €5.88
iPod nano 16GB €204
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) €0.26
1 month of gym membership in business district €55
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes €11

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