It is lovely to hear that you are looking to come over to the island of Ireland for a new life-changing experience.
To learn more about coming to Ireland you may find the Ireland information
resources useful. The Citizens Information Website contains a full section of support for coming to work
in Ireland. They also have some information on coming to live
in Ireland and bringing pets to Ireland
For the most current and accurate Passport and Visa advice, I recommend that you directly contact your local Irish Embassy/Consulate
prior to traveling to the Republic of Ireland. Again, there is some excellent information on the Citizens Information
website regarding the current situation during the pandemic.
While our airports and ferry ports are open, the authorities in the Republic of Ireland are currently advising against non-essential overseas travel such as tourism, and all international visitors, including those from the US, are still required to fill in a passenger locator form
online before entering the state. Hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs may remain open, but only for essential non-social and non-tourist purposes as there is a stay at home order in place for everyone, so now may not be the time to try and relocate. Currently, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative/’not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland and all travelers from countries outside Europe will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival irrespective of having a negative PCR test result.
Sorry about all of the many different links, but it is a more complicated process than just coming over for a wee holiday! :)
You mentioned possibly having Irish ancestors, have you started to trace your ancestry on the island of Ireland? There is a lovely thread here on the community regarding Ireland Family History
with some great ideas and tips.
Hopefully, some of our members will be able to help with advice too.