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Location Guide: Newry

Welcome to Newry, Northern Ireland

Newry is the fourth largest city in Northern Ireland with a population of just over 27,000, it sits very close to the Irish border on the South Eastern side of Northern Ireland, UK, and is 34 miles from Belfast and 67 miles from Dublin.

70% of the population of all Ireland, both North and South, live within 70 miles of Newry, which is a very popular and busy city with shoppers from the South often traveling to take advantage of Newry’s two shopping malls: The Buttercrane Centre and The Quays. n December 2008, The New York Times described Newry as ”the hottest shopping spot within the European Union’s open borders, a place where consumers armed with euros enjoy a currency discount averaging 30 percent or more”.

Working in Newry

The Newry and Mourne district has significantly changed in recent years, with a wide variety of major retail, office, leisure and commercial developments adding a range of new jobs. Newry’s major shopping centres are always packed with happy shoppers, and there is an exciting range of bars and restaurants to enjoy. New IT centres have brought in a range of new jobs, changing the economy of the city.

Compared to European cities, Newry is very small in size, meaning that even if you are living outside of the city and commuting in for work, the journey doesn’t take too long at all, with the excellent transport links making things even easier.

Living in Newry 

Nestled in a valley, Newry City is surrounded by beautiful scenic mountain ranges, the Mourne Mountains being the most notable as well as the Ring of the Gullion and the Cooley mountains. Newry is host to many areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Candidates considering a position in Newry could consider various neighbouring areas as it is great commuting distance from picturesque towns and villages such as Carlingford, Dundalk Bay, Warrenpoint, Banbridge and also Belfast which is just 40 minutes away by train or road. The majority of properties in Newry are houses rather than apartment buildings, as it is an older city with less demand for building properties upwards.

Being so close to both Belfast and Dublin, Newry is a very accessible city in which to work and to visit. Dublin airport is less than an hour away, and around €10 return by bus, so international candidates will find it convenient for nipping home for a weekend.  The bus and rail network to neighbouring towns and cities are frequent and fairly cheap. The cost of living in Newry is considerably cheaper than Dublin in the Republic of Ireland (35-40%) and slightly lower than Belfast (about 5%).

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The Average Cost of Living in Newry

Restaurants

Average

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

£10.00 (€12.50)

Meal for 2 with 3 courses, mid range restaurant

£45.00 (€56.00)

Combo meal at McDonalds, etc.

£5.00 (€6.25)

Drinks

Average

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)

£3.00 (€3.75)

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)

£3.25 (€4.06)

Wine (10 cl glass, depending on brand)

£3.50 (€4.37)

Cappucino

£2.34 (€2.92)

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)

£1.09 (€1.36)

Water (0.33 litre bottle)

£0.93 (€1.16)

Transport

Average

One way ticket

£2.10 (€2.62)

Monthly Pass

£60.00 (€75.00

Taxi start

£2.80 (€3.50)

Taxi 1km

£1.37 (€1.71)

Petrol (1 litre)

£1.37 (€1.71)

Monthly Rent and Living Costs

Average

Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre

£550.00 (€687.00)

Apartment (1 bedroom) outside city centre

£400 (€499.00)

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre

£1200 (€1499.00)

Apartment (3 bedrooms outside city centre)

£9500.00 (€11871.25)

Utilities (electricity, heating, water etc. for small apartment)

£147 (€183.00)

1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff local

£0.15 (€0.19)

Internet (6 mbps, unlimited data, cable/ADSL)

£19.00 (€23.74)

Sports and Leisure

Average

Fitness club/gym, monthly fee

£36.00 (€44.00)

Tennis court rent (1 hour)

£8.00 (€10.00)

Adult cinema ticket

£6.50 (€8.00)

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