Aoibhinn and Company Sunday 22 September 2013
Aoibhinn and Company with Sean Farrell and Seamus O'Leary
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is joined by Sean Farrell and Seamus O'Leary International development workers describe their working lives, passions and influences, as well as choosing their favourite music.
Sean is originally from Longford and went on to become a priest. Before ordination, he decided that this life was not for him. He then took time out to volunteer in Romania. He assumed this would be a six month experience but he realised that this was how he wanted to spend his whole life.
It was in Romania that Sean and Seamus first met. Seamus is from County Wexford and had travelled to Bucharest with a local charity from Wexford.
Both men have worked all around the world. They talk about the value of community; the reason why they keep doing what they do; the difference they hope to make; the challenges of being married to them and the impact that having children has had on their lives.
Their friendship is based on their shared experience in development work as very young men and the fact that they can pick up the conversation whenever they manage to meet in the course of their travels.
Seamus and his family have returned to Ireland in recent years and now works for Integrate Ireland in County Carlow while Sean and his family are departing shortly for a new life in Zimbabwe.
The music they chose was Aslan's This Life; The Waterboys' Fisherman's Blues; Today My Heart Desires from Monsoon Wedding and U2's Kite