A look back at those who relocated to Ireland

5 Jan 20151 Share

Last year, Silicon Republic met many interesting characters who have chosen Ireland as a place to live and work. Here we revisit the talent at some of the top tech companies in the country.

From Argentina to Australia, New Jersey to New Zealand, 2014 brought a whole host of features on immigrants who left their home to come to the Emerald Isle to work in the tech industry.

The topics we covered with these individuals in our Trading Places series included their reasons for coming to Ireland, their struggles to adapt to a new country, and what their companies did to help them settle in.

Amid these reports, Ireland was as criticised for its dark winter evenings as it was praised for its jovial citizenry. People raved about its social scene as much as they rued the lack of heat. Our knowledge of Simpsons quotes shocked some, while Ireland’s green scenery attracted many others, with everybody happy by the efforts made by their new employers.

We met QA analysts, software developers, team leads, consultants, planners and engineers, to name but a few. Below is just a selection of some of the top talent Silicon Republic’s Featured Employers were only too happy to snap up.

Trading Places: making the move from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Accenture, Dublin

Making the move from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Accenture, Dublin

Roxana Repecka, finance senior manager at Accenture, tells us how she has acclimatised to the Irish ‘summer’.

Trading Places: how a Spaniard selling fish in Norway ended up at AOL Dublin

How a Spaniard selling fish in Norway ended up at AOL Dublin

Enrique Mora Parraga, senior software engineer at AOL, disclosed how he truly values duvets.

Trading Places: EMC's Romanian recruiter swaps Bucharest for Cork

EMC’s Romanian recruiter swaps Bucharest for Cork

Florenta Fugasin, candidate development recruiter at EMC Cork, tells us how her job has taught her diplomacy and flexibility.

Trading Places: Fidelity Investments' diversity makes New Zealander feel at home

Fidelity Investments’ diversity makes New Zealander feel at home

Christina Tuataga, business data analyst at Fidelity Investments, reveals how snow still amazes her.

Trading Places: how an Italy-born Ethiopian from LA ended up in Dropbox Dublin

How an Italy-born Ethiopian from LA ended up in Dropbox Dublin

Joel Theodros, part of the EMEA sales team at Dropbox, has made friends for life.

Trading Places: A Slovak's seamless transition into Limerick life

A Slovak’s seamless transition into Limerick life

Michal Crkon, QA engineer at KEMP Technologies, tells us how dealing with State authorities is a dream.

Trading Places: How an opportune bridesmaid switched Brisbane for Donegal

How an opportune bridesmaid switched Brisbane for Donegal

Trisha Jordin, team lead at Pramerica, says traffic is never a problem.

Trading Places: Information Mosaic's Argentine who loves the Irish countryside

Information Mosaic’s Argentine who loves the Irish countryside

Juan Marcos Bruno, software engineer at Information Mosaic, tells us how the open-minded people he meets are helping him settle in.

Trading Places: Version 1 consultant gives up Barcelona's Metro for Dublin's walkable streets

Version 1 consultant gives up Barcelona’s Metro for Dublin’s walkable streets

Pablo Murillo Barrionuevo, senior applications consultant at Version 1, has learned to appreciate rare sunny days.

Trading Places: from Amsterdam to Dublin for a job at Twitter

From Amsterdam to Dublin for a job at Twitter

Cedric Brunings, account executive for The Netherlands at Twitter, tells us how an opportunity with an international tech company made Ireland his first-choice destination in his plans to live and work abroad.

Trading Places: TripAdvisor software engineer travels from Argentina to Dublin

TripAdvisor software engineer travels from Argentina to Dublin

Federico Trilnik, senior software engineer at TripAdvisor, tells us why, out of everywhere he has been, he believes Ireland provides the best work-life balance.

Trading Places: leaving the Middle East for change and challenge at Storm

Leaving the Middle East for change and challenge at Storm

Malek Al-Shayeb, project server consultant at Storm Technology, reveals how a friendly work environment made the transition easy.

Trading Places: A Turkish man's move from Ankara to Dublin

A Turkish man’s move from Ankara to Dublin

Ekrem Hacioglu, principal software engineer at FireEye, declares how welcoming the Irish are.

Trading Places: family ties make Dublin home for Quantcast's Portuguese planner

Family ties make Dublin home for Quantcast’s Portuguese planner

Cris Santos, senior sales planner for EMEA at Quantcast, says Ireland is now her home away from home.

Trading Places: Italian engineer comes to Dublin to put Intel inside the internet of things

Italian engineer comes to Dublin to put Intel inside the internet of things

Massimo Orsini, physical implementation engineer at Intel, has found a lot to love about his adopted home.

Trading Places: Fenergo QA traded a quiet Indian village for Dublin's tech hub

Fenergo QA traded a quiet Indian village for Dublin’s tech hub

Arpit Khurana, graduate QA engineer at Fenergo, followed opportunity to Dublin’s tech cluster.

Trading Places: Marco's move from sunny Portugal to dark Dublin

Marco’s move from sunny Portugal to dark Dublin

Marco Leitão, QA lead at Aon, found these dark evenings take some getting used to.

Changing job image via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist, moving on to pastures new in August 2017. Unafraid of heights or spiders, Gordon spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet remains the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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