West is best — message from newcomers to the TG4 series

A new series from Moving West on TG4 follows the lives of individuals and families who have moved or are in the process of moving to a new home along the Atlantic coast.

Hosted by Mary Kennedy, over six half-hour episodes, the series sets out to help viewers discover an authentic message, that life, and especially your career, won’t go backwards if you consider moving to the west. In a relaxed, entertaining and informal way, each episode explores the many opportunities the region has to offer.

In next week’s first episode, viewers meet Sinead O’Kelly from Co. Mayo and her husband Bernhard Bauer from Austria, Sinead left home at 17, first to go to university in Cork , then to work as a holiday representative in Bulgaria, Italy and Austria where she settled for nine years and met Bernhard.

In 2016 they decided that we would both like to live in Ireland and run a small farm. After looking at places in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo, they spotted Lough Atorick North Farm on a random website. They say the move was pretty easy. They both work in tech, run the farm and have two AirBnBs in South Galway.

Darren Burke wanted to start a career in medical devices. Galway, being a global hub, was an obvious choice. The move itself was relatively painless. It has also helped you get a lot more bang for your buck in the rental market in Galway compared to Dublin. Since then, Darren has made many friends, joined a football team, met his wife and founded a start-up with two colleagues at the Gteic Hub in An Sp Idéal. The couple live in Maigh Cuilinní and are expecting their first child.

In the early weeks of Covid, Carol Tallon from Blessington bought a converted farmhouse in Connemara via an online property auction. Due to Covid restrictions, she was unable to view it in advance or travel to inspect it before the transfer of ownership closed.

Carol runs a real estate communication company from the Gteic hub at An Cheathrú Rua. She is learning Irish and has hired gaeilgeoir Bríd Molloy to ensure they can offer all existing communication services via Irish.

Sinead Ní Fhatharta is Head of Enterprise and Employment at Údarás na Gaeltachta in Na Forbacha. His main role is to work with his team to encourage and support entrepreneurs (movers and locals) to develop their concepts, establish their business and scale it through financial and non-financial assistance as well as real estate supply in the Gaeltacht areas.

She talks about the fact that western movers are welcome.

Moving West is produced by Dundara Television & Media in association with the Western Development Commission.

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