A Christmas Story

A few weeks ago An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, launched Co-operative Housing Ireland’s newest development in Brookhill, Carrigaline, Cork, just in time for Christmas. Ross, Dorota and their two children spoke to Eve Kelliher in the Irish Examiner just before Christmas.

We’re moving house. Will Santa Claus know where to find us?’

Cork dad Ross O’Keeffe tells us why moving into their forever home this Christmas week is a dream come true for his family

Moving house at Christmas? Experts will advise you that a chief consideration on that to-do list is to ensure the man in the red suit knows your new address.

This is something the youngest members of the O’Keeffe household in Cork don’t need to be told. As they pack the last of their belongings to relocate to a new forever home just 10 minutes’ drive away, Ella, five, and Céiden, three, are mainly looking forward to laying out the welcome mat for St Nicholas.

“They are fierce crabbit for their age,” says their dad Ross O’Keeffe. “They know exactly what is happening — so they’re asking constantly, is the new house ready? And is the new house nearby so Santa will know where to find us when he pays a visit?”

Prospective new homeowners considering a move before Christmas are traditionally counselled to act before the festive season descends.

But getting the keys days before December 25 is nothing short of a dream come true for Ross, wife Dorota Kowalewska, and Ella and Céiden. “We’ve been renting for so long we’re over the moon,” says Ross.

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