Blasket Island: 23,000 people apply for two summer jobs
A couple have received over 23,000 applications for two summer vacancies on the remote Great Blasket Island, County Kerry.
Alice Hayes and her partner, Billy O'Connor, posted the vacancies on social media and were inundated with responses from around the world.
Two successful candidates will run a small café and three cottages from April to October.
The pair will live together for six months without many modern comforts.
Speaking to RTÉ, the couple said: "It's been unbelievable. We were worried we wouldn't get anyone.
"We had a lot of interest last week but in the last few days it's been mad."
The couple told the Irish broadcaster they received applications from countries such as Iran, Argentina, Finland and Mexico.
"Our email is in meltdown and our phones are just pinging constantly," Ms Hayes said.
'No home comforts'
Lesley Kehoe and her partner Gordon Bond lived and worked on the island as caretakers from April to October in 2019.
Ms Kehoe told BBC News NI that living on the island was "serene" and island life soon became "their version of normal".
"We were the only permanent residents. People would come and visit, but no longer than two days or a week max," she said.
'Quickest shower in your life'
The couple had to bathe using freezing water from a mountain stream.
"It would be the quickest shower in your life and you were definitely awake after," Ms Kehoe said.
The job is open to couples or best friends and Lesley said that any prospective islanders should make sure "they bring the person they get on with most in the world".