When Eamon O’Hara and Tanya Treacy from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, had children, they started re-evaluating their lives. They had lived in Brussels for nine years, where Eamon worked with the LEADER European Observatory (a network of leader groups at European level), but the couple weren’t interested in bureaucratic Brussels long-term.

“We both come from a rural area and we wanted a similar kind of upbringing for our kids,” explains Eamon, who says that having kids was a wake-up call. “You’re now a father and time is limited, the kind of work I was doing meant a lot of long hours and working evenings. I wanted to have time with the kids as well.”