Great Blasket Island Job in Ireland brings thousands of applicants

There is no wifi, no electricity, no hot showers, no roads … but that has not deterred thousands of people from applying for this job in a cafe.

Great Blasket Island off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland is looking for two people to manage its small coffee shop, as well as three cottages – and more than 7,000 people from around the world have applied.

“Vacancy: a unique position required – looking for long-term management of island accommodation and coffee shop. Couple or two friends,” the vacancy reads. “April 1, 2020 – October 2020. Accommodation and food provided.”

** Job offer **
A unique position is required – looking for long-term management of Island Accommodation and Coffee Shop. Couple or two friends.
April 1, 2020 – October 2020 accommodation and food provided.
Email Alice at info@greatblasketisland.net for more information pic.twitter.com/RJFfrr4QDH

– Great Blasket Island (@gbisland) January 10, 2020

The job description also includes welcoming visitors to the island, so ideal candidates must have good people skills, be friendly, approachable and talkative.

Because there are no cars – bicycles are not even suitable for the terrain – a good condition is also required.

A Blascaod Mór (as it is called in Irish), barely 1.5 square miles, is the westernmost point of Ireland.

A short 22-mile swim south through the Atlantic takes you to Skellig Michael, where Luke Skywalker chose to live away from the Star Wars universe in “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” like a recluse.

“It’s intense and tough, but it’s a very unique position,” said job poster Alice Hayes RTE. “It’s back to basics – fires, candles, heaters, wildlife and nature.”

Meet the neighbors! pic.twitter.com/Gu5Dfgendig

– Great Blasket Island (@gbisland) January 14, 2020

The office 💚 # GreatBlasketIsland pic.twitter.com/vTvvLzr6GV

– Great Blasket Island (@gbisland) January 10, 2020

“We use gas hobs in the cottages and coffee shop. We have gas bottles at the back. We know when the water is boiled with whistling kettles on top of the hobs, and we can also cook on the gas hobs.”

To ensure that successful candidates are not completely cut off from the rest of the world, there is a small wind turbine that generates enough power to charge one device – although cell phone reception may not be the best.

Wages for the position were not disclosed – although we suspect that the reward is not what attracts most people to the position.

Anyone can submit their application directly to Alice at info@greatblasketisland.net.

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