Go off grid in 2020 with job opportunity on Great Blasket Island

The Great Blasket Island, off the coast of Kerry in Ireland, has been attracting interest in its job vacancies from across the world.

RTE reports interest has come from as far away as South Africa and Alaska for jobs to manage accommodation and a coffee shop on the island between 1 April and 1 October this year.

The roles, which include providing food and accommodation services, are ideally suited for a couple or friends who get along well, according to Alice Hayes who placed the ad online.

Hayes’ partner Billy O’Connor operates tours to the island on his boat The Peig Sayers. He is a grandson of Peter Callery, a solicitor from Dingle, who once owned most of the island. While the island is beautiful and idyllic, it is off grid, so there is no electricity, no wifi and no hot showers.

The successful recruits, who would have to welcome visitors, manage the cottages and run the coffee shop, must have a good level of fitness, good people skills, and be friendly, approachable and chatty. 

“No day is ever the same,” Hayes added.

So if the world of recruitment is getting too much, and you fancy a complete change of life, email Alice at info@greatblasketisland.net – and if you get the job, your next communication may well be letter or carrier pigeon…

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