random punter wrote:
Grew up in the country side living in Dublin now definitely would prefer to live in a town or city to the country side.
In urban areas the car for many tasks is optional not essential. The amenities are better and closer and there more public transport options. Having to drive everywhere and pay through the nose for a taxi to get home gets old real quick.
I too grew up in the country side. Lived in Dublin for 6 years.... I really appreciated having amenities on the doorstep (cinema, pub, gigs), better services (broadband, waste, no more 2 mile trek to the shop etc.). I didn't have the cost of running a car and if I wanted a bottle of wine (or even an ATM!) I could just take a walk down the street. Getting to the airport didn't involve leaving the house 6 hours before the flight.
I'm in the process of moving back home to the country now though. I won't miss street lighting, traffic and the sound of traffic, Dublin Bus, housing estates, surly teenagers, the worry that the new neighbour will be a bollix, dog shit. From my own
experience I'd also like to raise kids outside of an urban/suburban environment, for their benefit as well as my own.
I think whether you prefer one or the other depends on your own personality, hobbies, outlook on life.