How Much Does it Cost to Have Fun in Ireland? [Infographic]

The cost of living just keeps on rising. Most of us have less disposable income now than we've enjoyed in previous years and entertainment is usually the first area of our lives to be hit by cutbacks.

Has the cost of fun in Ireland decreased in recent years as people struggle to find extra money, or are we being priced out of a good time? We've done a little research, and unfortunately it looks like the latter is true.

But it's not all doom and gloom. Ireland has a strong community spirit and there are plenty of fun things to do for free. This infographic is full of interesting statistics about the cost of entertainment in Ireland and also suggests five ways to have fun on a budget. Enjoy!

The Cost of Fun in Ireland

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A Written Summary of our Findings

Income Statistics

  • Official statistics show that the average Irish person earns € 695.78 a week before tax is deducted.
  • In reality many people are struggling by on a lot less.


  • 1/4 of the population is now considered to be living in deprivation.
  • This means they can't afford at least 2 items which are generally considered necessary in society.
  • The most common types of deprivation are: not having the money to replace worn out furniture (21.7%); being unable to afford a trip out (21.1%); being unable to have family or friends over for a meal or a drink (14.8%) and being unable to afford heating at some stage in the last year (12.2%).

The Cost of Fun

  • The average price of a pint of Guinness in Ireland has risen from €1.93 in 1990 to €4.38 in 2013.
  • The average price of an adult cinema ticket is €9.
  • A small popcorn cost €4.19 on average, despite only costing 50c to produce. That's a mark-up of more than 800%.
  • On average it costs €45 a month to be a member of a gym and €15 to rent a tennis court for 1 hour.
  • A 3 course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant will cost you €50.

Is the Cost of Living Making us Unhappy?

  • Ireland is the 15th happiest industrialised country in the world (out of 36).
  • Ireland ranks in 2nd place in the community category (behind Iceland with the UK in third).
  • However Ireland ranks near the bottom in the income and jobs categories.

Our Top Five Ways to have Fun on a Budget

  1. Host a Games Night
  2. Museums & Galleries
  3. Get Outdoors
  4. Traditional Music Sessions in Local Pubs
  5. Free Local Events