I can't offer specifics on retiring in Ireland, but am thinking about at least spending partial years there after I retire. (Hopefully, the economy will survive the current problems.)
I went to Ireland in 2005, mostly visiting southern and western locations. The southern counties are surprisingly mild climate wise. I would think County Cork would have some wonderful places to retire--Clonakilty and Bantry being two of my favorites. My husband and I tend to avoid large cities--but Cork is nearby. We dearly loved Cobh, though. (By the way, it's pronounced Cove and was formerly Queensland--near where the Lusitania sunk and the last port of call for the Titanic). But don't hold that against it! <grin>
Oh, there's also a Web site for those interested in moving to Ireland. It's at http://www.movetoireland.com and they have an e-mail newsletter you can sign up for that offers lots of good advice and interesting tips.
Good luck! Let us know if you decide to do it, so we can live vicariously through you. My own retirement is at least five years away, which is killing me!
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