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Moving West, the motivational and inspiring TV series has been commissioned for a second year running on TG4.  The series, presented by one of Ireland’s favorite television personalities Mary Kennedy  is produced by Dundara Television & Media in association with The Western Development Commission. The producers are now calling on those who have made the move to get in touch if they would like to be part of the show with closing date for applications on Wednesday 11th May.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD commented “I welcome the return of the Moving West TV series which showcases the opportunities available in the West of Ireland. Central to Our Rural Future is giving our young people the option to live and work from within their own communities. We can do this by revitalising our towns and villages, capitalising on the opportunities posed by remote working and creating job opportunities locally. This hugely successful series shows that the tide is turning and instead of our young people having to leave rural Ireland, many are now returning home or relocating to the West and availing of job opportunities locally together with a better quality of life. ”

Producer and director Enda Grace of Dundara Television and Media commented: “We are delighted to have been commissioned by TG4 for a second series of the very popular Moving West. This is a testament to the success of the first series which showed the west of Ireland in all its stunning glory. The movers we met last year were inspiring and we very much look forward to meeting lots of new people who have made the move west when we go back on the road from the end of May. The whole Atlantic seaboard now has so much to offer in terms of infrastructure, connectivity and work opportunities all within a more relaxed pace of life. We’re delighted to welcome back renowned presenter Mary Kennedy who’s genuine interest in those we meet and love of the west of Ireland always shines through. If you’re one of those who has made the move west, recent or not so recent, we would like to hear from you. While we would like to hear from people with a cúpla focal both Irish and English speakers are welcome to apply.”

Moving West filming on a beach in County Mayo
Filming in Co.Mayo during season one.

Following the successful format of year one, each half hour episode will explore the opportunities for living and working across the region. It’s expected the show will get an insight into those who have made the move during the pandemic and now find themselves either working remotely or for one of the many successful companies based along the Atlantic coast.  The series will once again shine a light on all the West of Ireland has to offer in terms of lifestyle, outdoor amenities, food culture and quality of life.

WDC CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin commented

The first series of Moving West captured on screen the stories and experiences familiar to many that have made the move west. The positive feedback to the programme was incredible, as others reflected on their experience; their move west, improving their work life balance, whether it was getting a new job or going remote with their current job, and all the while recognising the opportunity to build a career in cutting edge industries all along the Atlantic Coast in the long term.

Mary Kennedy is one of Irelands most renowned and much loved television presenters. Her ability to put people at ease was key to creating this warm and informative series last year. Mary commented; “I’m really looking forward to returning for the second series of Moving West for TG4. Last year we had a wonderful experience travelling through the beautiful west of Ireland and meeting interesting people who made the move west. Along the journey I  discovered that for them it’s about community, the joy of living and not being constantly on the move for work. This second series is very timely with new legislation on hybrid working options currently under discussion. I can’t wait to get on the road again and meet more people who have made that leap into the more leisurely pace of life that the west of Ireland offers.”

Commissioning Editor for TG4 Deirbhile Ní Churraighín said today, “I’m very pleased with the performance of the first series, and welcome the opportunity to work with Dundara again on a new series, highlighting the advantages of Moving West.”

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Filming with Paschal & Sinead Gillard in County Mayo for Moving West season one.
Filming with Paschal & Sinead Gillard in Co. Mayo for season one.