Monday 19 February 2018

GAA star is one of thousands hunting for jobs abroad

Andriu Mac Lochlainn
Andriu Mac Lochlainn

Gareth Naughton and Anne-Marie Walsh

MORE jobs, more money and more opportunities. That was the message being given to thousands of job hunters who poured through the doors of the RDS in Dublin in search of jobs abroad.

More than 70 exhibitors from Canada, Australia and New Zealand were keen to offer what many could not hope to find in Ireland – the prospect of steady work.

Many, like former Kildare senior footballer Andriu Mac Lochlainn, were looking to Canada for temporary opportunities to tide them over until something permanent arises at home.

The 28-year-old father of three (pictured), who withdrew from the Kildare panel in 2013 citing family commitments, is a cabinet-maker and carpenter but is currently unemployed and looking for regular work.

"I haven't had full-time employment for the last three years or more," he said.

"I have been picking up temporary contracts here and there but nothing permanent.

"I am looking to see if I can get temporary work in somewhere like Alberta; going there to use my skillset as a carpenter or cabinet maker or working on the oil rigs."

With his wife owning her own beauty therapy business, and a home he built himself in an area where the Mac-Lochlainns have lived for 400 years, in Ellistown, he said that he will be travelling alone rather than uprooting the whole family.

The central Canadian province of Saskatchewan is trying to entice 90,000 skilled workers in the next 10 years.

Irish Independent

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