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Live On This Stunning Island With Your BFF For Free If You Run Their Coffee Shop

Live On This Stunning Island With Your BFF For Free If You Run Their Coffee Shop

Fancy escaping your daily grind?

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

A remote island is offering two lucky individuals the chance to live there for free if they agree to run its coffee shop.

Great Blasket Island is a stunning destination off the west coast of Ireland with panoramic views and fresh sea air. It's pretty much the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of a city life.

And it could be your new home if you and your bestie think you're up for the gig.

The job was advertised on the Twitter account for the island's tourism centre last week, and the salary remains undisclosed.

The page wrote: "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.

"Email Alice on [email protected] for more information".

And naturally, Alice has already been flooded with hundreds of applications for the gig.

Great Blasket Island is so remote (

While running a coffee shop sounds like a walk in the park, we should probably mention that the island's facilities are a little basic.

Great Blasket Island is part of a group of islands called the Blaskets off the western coast of the Irish mainland.

The island itself used to house a tight knit community of Irish speakers, who spent their days knitting, fishing and weaving.

But now, in total, there is never much more than 20 people on it at all times. There are three self-catering cottages, which sleep seven per house, and a string of campers who are also allowed to stay at any one time.

Alice Hayes, who placed the advert, further explained to RTE: "It's intense and tough but it's a very unique position. It's back to basics - fires, candles, stoves, wildlife and nature."

The running the coffee shop involves accommodating all the island's guests, and serving tea, coffee and snacks to visitors boiled from whistling kettles on gas hobs.

The power on the island is limited, too. Showers are cold; although, apparently there are wind turbines which generate enough electricity to charge a phone "so you are not completely cut off". Phew.

The island has lots of wildlife (

Alice added: "The ideal candidates had to get on well so the job would suit two friends or a couple, and they had to be fit, personable and chatty. No day is ever the same."

This isn't the first time the island has offered the job.

Last year, Lesley Kehoe and Gordon Bond gave up their demanding jobs in Dublin in exchange for a taste of the quiet life.

Speaking about their time on Great Blasket Island, they told the Irish Times: "Our best memory of the island is the same moment, repeated a lot: the sun setting or the moon rising over Iveragh.

It's your job to make coffee and serve the guests (

"It was great for our relationship. We were a great team. Living and working together has made us better friends than we ever were."

Where do we sign up?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, travel