Ciara Kenny

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Leaving Ireland for Oz

A short video by Richard Cullen about leaving Ireland with his sister and three friends on 2 March 2012, with guest appearances from Jason Byrne and Daniel O’Donnell.

Fri, Mar 16, 2012, 12:00

Richard Cullen, a 24-year-old multimedia graduate who struggled to find employment in Ireland, emigrated to Australia in search of work with his sister Rosemary and their three friends two weeks ago. This short video documents their departure from Ireland, the journey across the world to Australia, and their first week in Sydney, with guest appearances from Jason Byrne and Daniel O’Donnell.

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“I am a Multimedia graduate from DCU and spend two years trying to get employment after topping my year in my degree course. I could barely get volunteer work,” says Cullen. “But my enthusiasm hasn’t been hindered, in fact, I believe it has made me MORE positive and hard-working.”

“In this video, my main focus was to relieve any worry our immediate family had on us being so far away, whether we were safe, homesick etc. therefore included many upbeat clips and smiling shots, that’s not to say we didn’t have a blast! We fortunately met Jason Byrne and Daniel O Donnell too.. Great pair of guys who were polite and friendly.”