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This Iconic Irish Island Is Looking to Hire Two Caretakers

Ireland Travel Jobs News Beaches and Islands
by Eben Diskin Jan 19, 2021

If you fantasize about leaving everything behind to live a rustic life on a remote, windswept island, you now have a chance to make your dream come true. Great Blasket Island, an island off the coast of Kerry in southwestern Ireland, announced via Twitter that it’s looking for either a couple or two friends to temporarily manage the island’s accommodations and coffee shop from April 1 to October 1, 2021.

The accommodation includes three cottages that can house up to 21 people. The caretakers will need to provide tea, coffee, and snacks to the visitors.

Although specific payment isn’t specified, the job does include food and accommodation. It does not, however, include electricity, WiFi, or hot showers.

But that doesn’t seem to deter applicants, since over 40,000 people applied last year via phone, email, and social media.

Great Blasket Island is the largest of a group of six islands off the Dingle Peninsula and a beautiful place to hang out, but keep in mind that six months on a small, windy island might get old (and a little lonely) after a while.

To apply, fill in the online application form and email for more info. You can also book an interview with former caretakers Annie and Eoin to learn more by contacting Ruth Moran at

A version of this article was previously published on January 15, 2020, and was updated on January 19, 2021, with more information.

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