There are many reasons why people choose to live in the South East, from thrill seekers to those that are looking for a nice place to settle down the South East has it all.


1. Adventure

Living in Carlow and the South East is an ideal base for thrill seekers. If you want to go kayaking, canoeing, mountaineering, zip lining, hang gliding or paragliding the South East has it all.

Go with the Flow River Adventures, have a fleet of Canadian canoes that you can hire for a day, two days, a long weekend or more. For the extreme adventurer Mount Leinster in Borris, Co.Carlow has hang gliding and paragliding. You can also go ziplining at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

For those that are just looking to get out in the fresh air there are many tracks and trails (for all levels of fitness) scattered throughout the entire South East. The Blackstairs Eco Trails come highly recommended! (See No.4)

summer festival

2. Festivals & Theatres

Who doesn't love a good festival or a show in a theatre!
Well the South East has tonnes of them. Here's a taster of what you can find:

Carlow Arts Festival
Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Festival of Writing and Ideas
Imagine Arts Festival
BARE Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival 
Kilkenny Rhythm n’ Roots
Set Theatre
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival
Subtitle Festival
Theatre Royal Waterford
VISUAL Theatre Carlow
Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival
Watergate Theatre Kilkenny
Wexford Festival Opera

Cost of housing in Co. Carlow vs Co. Dublin (figures: report)

3. Housing & Rental Prices

We are all aware of the spiraling cost of housing and rentals in our large cities. People are being pushed beyond what they can afford making the purchase of a house near impossible. As a result many people are considering jobs outside of the bigger cities where housing can be literally half the cost. The average cost of a home in County Carlow is just under half of the average cost of a home in County Dublin. With companies like Unum offering competitive salaries — this combined with lower housing/rental prices and the lower cost of living moving away from the large cities is becoming much more enticing. Food for thought!

4. Tracks & Trails

With amazing landscapes, the South East boasts a variety of tracks and trails amongst stunning coastal scenery, lush green hills and mountains. The South East is a region of great natural beauty waiting to be discovered. Below is useful list of tracks and trails around the South East of Ireland.

Carlow Garden Trail
Carlow Tracks & Trails
Kilkenny Tracks & Trails
Tipperary Tracks & Trails
Waterford Greenway
Waterford Tracks & Trails
Wexford Tracks & Trails

5. Great Food

There are many fine restaurants in this part of the country. Here's a quick shortlist to wet the appetite:

Barrows Keep
Brazils Restaurant
Chez Hans
Clashganny House Restaurant
La Boheme
La Côte
Mimosa Bar de Tapas
Petronella Restaurant & Cafe
Ristorante Rinuccini
Sha-Roe Bistro
The Granary Cafe

6. History, Tradition & Culture

The region is full of rich history. From John F. Kennedy's ancestral home to Borris House, the residence of the Kavanagh family, lineal representatives of the McMurrough-Kavanaghs (the ancient Kings of Leinster). There's something for everyone! It's impossible to cover everything the area has to offer. Here is a shortlist:

Borris House
Brownshill Dolmen
Dunbrody Famine Ship
Dunmore Cave
Enniscorthy Castle
House of Waterford Crystal
Huntington Castle, Clonegal
JFK Arboretum
Lismore Heritage Centre
Loftus Hall
National Design & Craft Gallery
Reginald’s Tower
Rothe House Museum & Gardens
Smithwick's Experience
Teach Dolmain - Trad nights
The National 1798 Visitor Centre
Tintern Abbey
Tullow Museum
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

Curracloe Beach

7. Beaches

Some of Ireland's nicest beaches can be found in this region. They don't call it the sunny South East for nothing, once summer comes these beaches are full of activity with people getting out to enjoy the sun before its gone! You can view a full map of points of interest here.

Ballinoulart Beach 
Ballymoney Beach
Baginbun Beach
Benvoy Beach
Bunmahon Beach
Clonea Beach
Curracloe Beach
Duncannon Beach
Dunmore East Beach
Tramore Beach
Woodstown Strand

Figures from Newstalk Radio survey

8. Cost of living / Quality of life

The cost of living in the South East is much lower than that of Irelands larger cities. Childcare costs in County Carlow are, on average, 36% lower than the average in County Dublin. Less traffic means less time sitting in your car commuting. The general cost of living is also lower with cheaper rent and house prices meaning your salary goes further. All in all the South East is a great option for those people that are fed up with the rat race of living in a large city like Dublin. Factor in a salary competitive with companies in Dublin and you will have more money left over at the end of the month. Sound good? Then click the button below!