Marco Ratto moved to Killorglin with his family five years ago from Dublin. He works as a Contract Consultant/Data Protection Expert for Secureworks, the cyber security arm of Dell. Here he tells us about his new life in the Reeks District.
Following university and national service, Italian-born Marco Ratto said goodbye to his native Liguria 20 years ago and headed to Dublin for work, it was there that he met wife Aine and the couple went on to have children Gloria, 12 and William, 7.
Despite 15 happy years in the capital, Marco found himself pining for a landscape like the one he’d left behind on the Italian Riviera – a place in the country, close to the sea and backed by mountains. Given Aine is originally a Killorglin girl, a move back to the Reeks District seemed a natural fit – and the decision was made for him to retain his job with Secureworks but to work remotely from home.
“We decided to move to Kerry for a number of reasons: partly because my wife is from Killorglin, partly because of the great outdoors and partly because of the children. When you have a busy job and kids, you have quite a lot on your plate, so I wanted us to live in a place where there were less distractions, where the things we like are more immediate and where we could spend more time as a family,” Marco explains.
Naturally, the ability to still be able to do his job remotely was a key factor in making the decision to move. “When we lived in Dublin, I was a 15-minute drive from the office, but I would still have to work either side of the commute, as many of my clients are in different time zones,” he says. “Now, if I have to do an early or late call, as soon as I put the phone down, I’m right back in family life.”
Marco’s remit for Secureworks involves looking after clients across the EMEA region – while it’s ostensibly a customer-facing role, he doesn’t always need to see clients face to face.
“Many of the decision-makers for the companies I work with might also not be in the same physical location – so as long as we can share important documents online, and discuss the fine details on conference calls, there’s no problem working from home,” he says. “And when I need to travel to see clients face to face, I can get to them as easily from here as I can from anywhere else.”
Marco was surprised at the quality of some of the regular local events, such as annual arts festival K-Fest, when the family first moved to the Reeks District, but he was well aware of its reputation for the great outdoors thanks to being married to Aine.
“We really love it here – the kind of things I really enjoy doing are just so immediate,” he says. “I love a dawn climb to the summit of Carrauntoohil, and the parking place for the start of my hike is just a 10-minute drive away from our home. I can go early in the morning, after work, or on weekends and get out in the mountains in no time at all. It’s the same with the kids, we love going bodyboarding in Rossbeigh together. The mountains and sea are so close together, it’s an incredible place to raise a family.”
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