Newry’s Lost Generation, with Aaron Fitzpatrick
Education/experience: I have a BSc Honours Degree in Property Investment and Development.
What part of Newry & Mourne are you originally from? I’m from the Belfast Road in Newry.
When did you leave Newry? On the 8th November 2011.
Why did you leave Newry? It was a mixture of things that just built up. It was really difficult to find a job and I was fed up seeing the same people down town or on a night out. I also wanted to do a bit of travelling and living away from home for a while because the thought of spending the next 40+ years of my life Newry would just destroy me.
Who did you go to Australia with? My friend Shane Marron and then I met up with other people when I got over here.
What are you doing now in Australia? I’m living in Bentley in Perth and when I first arrived I did a bit of casual labouring and now I am working for a residential Property Management Company.
Are you enjoying life away from Newry? Yes, I’m earning money and enjoying plenty of sunshine.
What do you miss most about Newry? My family and friends, that’s it. Although if I had to pick something else it would be going to Club or County GAA matches on a Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
When will you return to Newry? I’ve got a year on my visa, so we’ll just have to see what happens but I would also have to come back to Newry eventually…home is where the heart is.
Career ambition (i.e. your perfect job): Work as an estate agent gaining experience then eventually opening my own agents.
What would you say to anybody still living in Newry who can’t find work? Get out of there and at least experience living away in a different climate, even if u don’t get a job abroad, do the travelling.
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