Can you tell us a secret about ISE or a favourite place that people might not know?
I grew up in Waterford, but spent much of my childhood in Clonmel with my cousins. And I obviously love living in Kilkenny now, so I have a few.
In Waterford there’s nothing better than a walk on the cliffs in Dunmore East during a wild winter’s day – it’s the best place in the world to clear the cobwebs. For later in the day Downes’ pub on Thomas Street is one of those pubs that only locals know about, and if you’re feeling energetic you can even play some squash out the back of the pub. Many an evening was spent there in my early 20’s.
In Clonmel my favourite memories were the walks in Slievenamon with all my cousins on Stephens Day. As for Kilkenny, I love the Dunmore Caves, which shows a different history to Kilkenny, which we don’t usually see. It’s quite incredible to see what’s there, and a total mystery as to what’s been undiscovered. The other place I love in Kilkenny is the antique auction out in Goresbridge, where you can pick up treasures and also great bargains.
What would be your top tip for people looking to move back from abroad?
My biggest recommendation is to be present. Don’t be constantly comparing everything to how it was where you were before. Take a step back from constantly seeing what’s happening where you left, from a social media and general media perspective. It’s not helpful and remember that social media is not a true reflection.
From the practical standpoint, gather all your documentation before you leave. This is a lot easier than having to go back after the fact – proof of no claims for insurance, credit checks, work references, house references etc.