Joe O’Brien – “The urge to return home was very much about being involved with family, friends and football, but there was also a more practical reason”
After three-and-a-half years in Dublin working as an Audit Senior with Deloitte, Joe O’Brien was keen to move closer to Fermanagh where he and his wife are from.
Now, he lives in the Cavan-Fermanagh border town of Blacklion and works in Sligo as a Financial Accountant with Collins McNicholas, with a 35-minute commute – less than most are making in Dublin.
His local GAA club, Devenish St Mary’s in Garrison is now only a short drive up the road, so he is back to football training during the week and matches at weekends, something he missed while in Dublin.
The urge to return home was very much about being involved with family, friends and football, but there was also a more practical reason: the housing market in Dublin. Owning a house in the capital was never going to be an option and it would have taken many years to save enough for a house in the commuter belts of Meath or Kildare.
In Blacklion, Joe and his wife pay a third of their Dublin rent for a property three times bigger than the one they lived in when he was with Deloitte.
Anti-social hours were also a feature of the Dublin job, Joe was never too far from his laptop at night or on the weekends. He’s busy at Collins McNicholas but there is a work-life balance – something that wasn’t an option in Dublin due to the nature of his work.
Although he enjoyed his time in Dublin, Joe readily admits that it was never a long-term option and he now feels more at home in the North West. He also prefers the more down to earth work environment he now has while working closely with clients and colleagues.
Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group