A remote island without electricity has become the most desired place to work, after a coffee shop role went viral on social media.
Billy O’Connor and his partner Alice Hayes advertised two management roles for a coffee shop in Great Blasket Island on Facebook ten days ago.
The job listing, which reveals they’re hoping to hire people who are available to work for six months from the 1st April, has since received over 1,000 shares on the platform, in addition to thousands of retweets on Twitter.
The successful candidates will have to live without electricity or hot water, while overseeing a cafe and three cottages – bt will get free food and accommodation in return.
Billy O’Connor and his partner Alice Hayes, have received over 23,000 applications from people across the world who are interested in working on the remote Irish island of Great Blasket (pictured)
The successful candidates will be responsible for overseeing a small coffee shop and three cottages on the island which has no electricity or hot water
Billy and Alice have now received over 23,000 applications from people across the world, in their attempt to recruit either a couple or pair of friends.
Their original post read: ‘Job vacancy: A unique position required – looking for long term management of Island Accommodation and Coffee Shop. Couple or two friends. 1st April 2020 – October 2020 accommodation and food provided.’
Competing for the position, one person replied: ‘Listen, I would be perfect for this position. My husband is an Irish citizen and we know all things coffee. We have a passion for coffee. We are partners in an actual coffee shop, familiar with third wave coffee and our roasted coffee wins at the Golden Bean Competition.’
Another said: ‘I am so game, I have no life, no family, no job that I need to give a two weeks notice too. OK Ilied coffee is my life, I drink coffee all day long when it’s available. Please choose me’.
A third added: ‘I am the woman for the job, hard working, looking for a way back to my heart’s desire. This is it ‘Your heart will take your feet where you need to be’ thanks’.
A flood of responses on Twitter came from those listing their years of hospitality experience as they argued they’re best suited to the role, with one arguing that ‘coffee is my life’
Other applicants to the positions shared photographs of themselves with their partner as they gushed about what the job would mean to them.
One person said: ‘My love and I just sent an email and resume – this seriously couldn’t come at a better time for us and I would absolutely die for an opportunity like this!’.
Another couple wrote: ‘I would love this opportunity! Visited Ireland in October and felt I was finally home. My husband and I are retired. We are yours!’.
Great Blasket Island isn’t home to any permanent residents, despite having a population of over 150 people in the early 20th century.
Other applicants to the positions shared photographs of themselves with their partner as they gushed about what the job would mean to them
A number of responses to the advert came from people who were willing to submit their photo in the hopes of standing out
Billy and Alice revealed on Facebook that they’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the job advert.
They wrote: ‘We are beyond overwhelmed at the response for the Great Blasket Island coffee shop and accommodation job post.
‘Posting the advert last year, we were concerned we would not find anyone willing to leave their job, pack their bags and move to a wind swept island with no electricity or hot water in the middle of the Atlantic, off the Dingle Peninsula for 6 months of the year!’
Explaining they were unfortunately unable to respond to everyone, they continued: ‘To date we have received over 23,000 applications. (If only we could get everyone who applied to stay for one night, we’d be fully booked for the next 30 years). We had planned to email everyone back when our inbox was at 200 (and were genuinely amazed it even reached 200).
‘Again, a huge huge thank you to everyone who took time to apply and share or like the post, we can’t explain how much your interest means to us – so sorry if we haven’t got back to you yet, our inbox is chocca block. Hopefully we will meet you all sometime over the next 30 years . B & A x (sic)’.
Billy and Alice said they were overwhelmed by the response to the advert and had planned to reply to 200 emails
Explaining the couple were unfortunately unable to respond to everyone, they continued: ‘To date we have received over 23,000 applications’
But despite the popularity of the job, it also comes with its downsides.
Speaking to the Irish Times, Lesley Kehoe who was a caretaker on the island last year revealed she was forced to take a break from social media as the job had attracted cruel online comments.
Towards the end of August, she tweeted: ‘I’ll be taking a break from posting about our island experience for our last few months on the Great Blasket.
‘I don’t know if it’s jealousy or just meanness, but I am fed up of the constant unkind messages and comments. So many have been so lovely, thank you for your kind words.’
But despite the popularity of the job, it also comes with its downsides. Lesley Kehoe who received the job last year was forced to take a break from social media, after being targeted by trolls. The island is pictured
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