Do you have a family here with you?
I live in Charleston with my wife Mary ( the Boss) also from Ireland ( Meath) and six year old boy/girl twins , Torin and Lily-Rae. A pretty busy operation with constant activities and "adventures'. We live in West Ashley in Grand Oaks Plantation and love the location. Very kid friendly with plenty of outdoor amenities.
Dogs and cats would not stand a chance in our ever busy home.
Where did you grow up ?
I grew up in Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland, -Atlantic ocean.My parents John and Elizabeth Murray still live in Galway on outskirts of city, in a town called Oranmore. They moved there in 1996 from a small terraced house where I was born and grew up with our parents and eight children! Wild time! I am the third eldest of five boys and three girls. I should write that book.
When did you move to Charleston ?
I moved to Charleston In Jan 2015.
Where else have you lived in the US ?
I lived in New York for 15 years where I worked in in restaurant and Bar business. Local 608Carpenters Union
Why did you move to Charleston ?
Had the best time of my life living in New York City but when twins joined the party it was a different challenge. The lifestyle, tight living restricted space, harsh winters was tough with young twins. Myself and Mary had visited Charleston quite regularly on vacation and a place we knew we would enjoy. The outdoors and year round weather were a big factor an affordable home with gardens. Proximity to beaches and the coast life is another large attraction for us all.
What do you like about Charleston ?
On the southern east side of the US Charleston is one of the very few places that has the weather year round, history and character. Steeped in history, it has the feel of and architecture of an old city but the vibrancy of a new modern culture. It does have a character and a feel to it as well as that southern charm. It has some of the best coastal beach towns and has a great sense of community. Very easy to get around the downtown area for sites, old plantation houses, restaurants and an abundance of museums, fairs, festivals and markets. Fishing and golfing are a destination that is extremely popular and its all on our doorstep.
Where is the first place in Charleston that you bring visitors ?
I love to take visitors to see the old Plantations and get a sincere look of how southern living was up to 200 years ago. Being a parent of young kids we love Magnolia Plantation as it has amenities - petting zoos, wildlife tours where you are guaranteed to see alligators in their swamp habitat. Snakes turtles and an array of wildlife will keep kids and parents engaged here.
Invite people to some southern restaurants to experience southern culture and cuisine. A walk on the Battery is a must for me where you can get to see Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and appreciate the southern mansion homes that have withstood numerous hurricanes. Follow up with a harbor boat tour and walk some of the surrounding islands. Shem Creek will give any visitor a realistic feel for southern lifestyle and living.
Tell us about your business/work ?
I own a company called Caring Transitions of Charleston that I started over four years ago. We specialize in relocating and downsizing seniors- Estate liquidation.
We provide a total solution for your transition needs by developing a customized plan for your specific situation, whether that involves carefully sorting through years of memories, preparing a house for sale, finding new senior living accommodations or liquidating assets through our online estate sales auction site.
Anything else you want to tell us ?
The Charleston Irish have formed a great group that keep us connected away from home- thanks to Darragh !
Meet ups for events and sessions is ongoing. Highly recommend to reach out to any of us to assist in whatever way we can - as I know it was their support and friendliness that enabled myself and my young family to move here.
Love to golf , fish and enjoy the outdoors. Come visit Us!