Newry’s Lost Generation, with Connor Kielty

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Connor left Newry for Belfast

Name: Connor Kielty Age: 28 Education/Experience? Qualified Fitness Instructor & Soccer coach, NVQ Level 2 in Leisure & Tourism & Various GCSE’s. Where I am now? Currently working as a supervisor in the Civil Service in Belfast and have been here for 7 or 8 years. I have also previously managed my own Xtravision store. I’m originally from? The Armagh Road Area, Drumgullion Avenue. I left Newry about 8 years ago to enhance my career prospects. What I miss most about Newry? The people, my family and friends. It’s always nice seeing familiar faces. I am enjoying life but will always be a Newry boy at heart. When will I return? Hopefully when there is a chance to further my career or even when I have enough money and experience to start my own business. Who knows, not in the near future though as I have recently bought a house in Belfast. Career Ambition? Not too sure to be honest but just make the most of whatever career path my life leads me to. What would I say to anyone currently in Newry who can’t find work? Don’t give up, keep motivated, look in to various courses that may enhance your prospects, Belfast is also a good place to enhance prospects and offers a lot more jobs and it is only a bus ride away for those not sure if they are ready to fly the nest. I would also like to see Newry grow in stature and enjoy future success. My advice to any young people reading this: As my uncle Martin said to me recently “Life’s not a rehearsal” – so make the most of it!
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