Firstly, I hope things work out for the best. It’s nice to own in Ireland due to the nature of our rental market not really allowing for the establishment of a home.
Again like another said, I know it’s hard to consider another city but don’t totally rule it out . I’m living in Limerick and I would not be able to replicate what I have here if I was to move to Dublin without doubling my salarly. I simple could not afford it live in Dublin. I’m working in IT in my late 20’s and was fortunate enough to be able to buy 4 bed house a couple of years ago in what I consider one of the best areas of the city . My commute is 15 minutes to the city centre and people may knock it but Limerick is really booming due to its low cost with many in IT moving down from Dublin. (I’ll be the first to admit it does not match the social variety of a capital city - it the one thing I miss from my time in Dublin)
I hope you do not become another victim of a lost generation.