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Dubliners Settle In As Caretakers On Great Blasket Island

12th July 2020
Eoin Boyle and Annie Birney took up residence on the island earlier this month Eoin Boyle and Annie Birney took up residence on the island earlier this month Photo: Great Blasket Island/Twitter

A Dublin couple chosen from thousands of applicants for two caretaker positions on Great Blasket Island have started their new jobs on the remote offshore idyll.

As previously covered on Afloat.ie, well over 20,000 applications were submitted for the two unique summer jobs on the usually uninhabited Co Kerry island.

Originally supposed to cover the usual tourism high season from April to October, the start date had to be postponed bu three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now Eoin Boyle and Annie Birney have taken up residence as caretakers of a coffee shop and accompanying cottage accommodation.

Birney tells BBC News: “If you go for a walk to the back of the island, you could potentially be the most western person in Europe on a body of land.”

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MacDara Conroy

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