Every Saturday, Limerick Voice reporter, Siobhan Comyns, speaks to Limerick natives who have emigrated.
Who? Ger Comyns.
From? Dooradoyle, Limerick City.
Now living in? The Netherlands.
When did you leave Ireland and why?
I left Ireland originally in 2002 on a relocation assignment with Dell. I then got an opportunity with Philips and have been here ever since.
Where did you study?
I studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Limerick. I graduated in 1990.
Describe your job.
I’m Senior Director, Service Parts Supply Chain (SPS) programs, Philips Healthcare. I manage a global team of project managers working on strategic programs within Philips Healthcare customer services.
What is living in the Netherlands like?
I live in Weert, a town with a population of approximately 50,000 people located 20 minutes south of Eindhoven on the Belgian border. The German border is 30 minutes away.
There’s a good quality of life here. The town is well set up for outdoor living with pedestrianised areas and cycleways. It’s safe – crime is low. Health and education are good. The council is very active, with lots of concerts and carnivals being organised regularly. The seasons are more defined – it doesn’t rain as much as at home.
Eindhoven – where I work – is a high tech city. There’s lots of research and innovation happening. This attracts people from all over the world to work there.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in working abroad?
Go and do it! We’re in a global environment now. The experiences that you will get are invaluable in terms of work and life experience. The Netherlands is probably the easiest non- English speaking country in the world to move to.
What do you miss most about Limerick?
The people, the banter, the craic!