Man, you guys in the US and the UK don't know how lucky you are... cars and running them in Ireland is an expensive business.
I bought a 2 year old base model E46 M3 about 2 years ago and I paid $78k for the car, a standard E46 M3 new in Ireland is $125k.
I'm 27, (25 at the time of owning the M3) and the insurance was $3700k per year and the road tax here is $1635 per year!!
My family live in Tampa and my father bought an E60 M5 earlier this year (sweet car, my wife and I took it on a road trip from Tampa to Miami up to Orlando and back to Tampa earlier this year). He paid $2k less than I paid for my new 330d here in Ireland. $94k v's $96k
A new E60 M5 in Ireland is $200k + options.
Don't even get me started on the difference in the price of Gas!!