How have you come to live in Ireland South East?
Originally from India, I moved to Ireland in 2002 for one year. Fast forward to now and I married a Kilkenny man who was very keen to come and settle back here. In 2017, around the same time we got married, my role in Paddy Power Betfair was made redundant and we decided that would be a good time for us to consider our move. The agreement was whoever gets a job of their choice in the South East first moves and the other has to follow. As luck would have it, I was offered a role as the eCommerce Manager in Glanbia Ireland and moved to Kilkenny in Jun 2018. My partner, Richard, followed me in August of the same year. I was very apprehensive about my initial move to Kilkenny and especially in these strange times, have been very grateful for the decision we made.
What do you like best about Ireland South East?
I have had my moments of doubt about my move- initially, it was my career- while I enjoyed the role I had in Glanbia Ireland, I couldn’t see a long term career path for myself there. And when my contract came to an end in 2019, I found it very difficult to pursue opportunities in Carlow, Kilkenny or Waterford that excited me at a professional level, challenged me to grow and gave me the sort of renumeration I wanted. Most of my social network was also not in Kilkenny. Retrospectively, the summer of 2019 ended up being the best thing for me to settle into Kilkenny- I found my community of friends and eventually got a role in Immedis where I work with some fantastic people who I am lucky enough to also call friends and am stretched professionally on a daily basis. My life has slowed down a lot as well which has made me appreciate other aspects of my life. During Covid times, I finally got to spend more time in my garden and start a small veg patch. With Dublin hardly being a distance away, I feel I am finally at a point where I have the best of both worlds. I do still miss Dublin at times but on a whole, I definitely think this is a good move for us. I especially love having my family close-by- being able to pop into my in laws for a cuppa or be fed when I am too lazy to cook are great plusses!