Tens of thousands of people apply for dream job on Irish island

Great Blasket Island

Tens of thousands of people have sent in applications for a dream job working on an Irish island.

The vacancy was posted last week and was looking for two people to spend six months as caretakers of three guest cottages on Great Blasket Island.

The island, which is a short ferry ride from the Kerry coast and the picturesque town of Dingle, doesn’t have any electricity or hot water but that didn’t stop applications coming in from all over the world.

Great Blasket Island

In fact, there have been 23,000 people who have so far applied for one of the two jobs. The applications have come in from as far afield as Australia, Iran, Argentina and the US.

Manager Billy O’Connor said that he and his partner Alice Hayes have been overwhelmed by the response to the ad.

He posted: “We are beyond overwhelmed at the response for the job post for the Great Blasket Island coffee shop and accommodation.

“Posting the advert last year, we were concerned we would not find anyone willing to leave their job, pack their bags and move to a windswept island with no electricity or hot water in the middle of the Atlantic, off the Dingle peninsula for six months of the year.

“To date we have received over 23,000 applications. If only we could get everyone who applied to stay for one night, we’d be fully booked for the next 30 years.

“We had planned to email everyone back when our inbox was at 200 and were genuinely amazed it even reached 20.

“Again, a huge, huge thank you to everyone who took time to apply and share or like the post, we can’t explain how much your interest means to us.

“So sorry if we haven’t got back to you yet, our inbox is chock-a-block. Hopefully, we will meet you all sometime over the next 30 years.”

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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcallingJoin our community