Lisburn is a city in Northern Ireland. The city was formerly known as Lisnagarvy, which is derived from Lios na gCearrbhach, which, in Irish, means 'ringfort of the gamblers'. Expats living in Lisburn will find that the city can boast numerous beautiful churches which add to the city's charm and are also a large tourist draw. The Lisburn Cathedral, for example, as it stands now, commenced construction August 20th 1708 after the previous buildings were destroyed by a disastrous fire. The church prides itself in bringing the community together, which is ideal for anyone who is new to the area and looking to integrate into the community. To help you even further, why not join InterNations? InterNations is a fantastic global network that connects you to other expatriates living where you're looking to settle. You can share and discuss your experiences on our dedicated forums and chat with some of our over 1 million members as well as take part in any of the thousands of discussion groups currently running.
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Lisburn may not be a bustling big city, like Dublin or Belfast, but it aims to offer all the benefits of such a city, with a massively popular shopping thoroughfare, while providing fantastic educational opportunities for the younger generation (and those who may wish to return to education to hone their skills at South Eastern College's Lisburn Campus). Any expat moving to Lisburn with their family will be happy to hear that the city has eighteen primary schools in the area, ensuring that every child's need is catered for, as well as five high schools and a community college. Living in Lisburn has something for everyone and is a great starting point for any expatriate new to Ireland. Expats living in Lisburn can enjoy ease of movement with rail and bus links to Belfast and Dublin, and around the city of Lisburn, ensuring that you can get to where you need in a hurry. If you worry about feeling somewhat adrift, joining InterNations may be all the comfort that you need. To learn how to keep yourself occupied in Lisburn, you can find out all about the local area and it's culture simply by getting in touch with fellow expatriates in Lisburn via InterNations.
Lisburn is recognized by many as the originator of Ireland's linen industry, but like most industry of this kind, it has nowadays been outsourced. Lisburn City Centre is one of Northern Ireland's most prominent shopping destinations and is home to over 70 stores. Within the city center, therefore, there are a wealth of employment opportunities and just outside of the city are Sprucefield Retail Park and Sprucefield Shopping Centre which promise more employment opportunities for expatriates moving to Lisburn, with its massive warehouse stores such as Toys 'r' Us and B&Q and traditional favorites, such as Marks & Spencers. In addition to the various retail opportunities, Lisburn is home to Lisburn City Council which is another major employer in the area. With the InterNations Expat Magazine, you'll find lots of hints and tips on relevant expatriation topics such as expat insurance, finance and other useful hints and tips to help you manage your new start and working life in Lisburn or wherever you choose to call home.