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Jess the ticket Jess Redden says 'it's amazing' what Australia move with fiancé Rob Kearney has done for her mind

Jess, who is a native of Dundrum, has had a difficult year after her beloved father, Brian, passed away last September.

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Jess Redden

Jess Redden

Jess Redden

Jess Redden has said that she was “overwhelmed” at first when adjusting to life in Australia but has now fallen in love with the country.

Jess, (27), made the move to Perth in January with fiancé Rob Kearney, who ended his 15-year career with Leinster Rugby to sign with Australian rugby union side Western Force.

They couple got engaged in 2019 with a romantic New York proposal and were hoping to get married in June 2021 before the pandemic hit.

The trainee pharmacist, who also has a huge Instagram following, hopped on Georgie Crawford’s wellness podcast, The Good Glow, this week to talk about life down under.

She and Rob had to go through Australia’s intensive hotel quarantine with no windows for two weeks, but Jess said the rigorous isolation was oddly relaxing.

She said: “In a weird way, it was kind of therapeutic, you know? You didn’t have to do anything, you didn’t have to be anywhere, so it was time to catch up with yourself and obviously catch up with each other. I don’t regret it in any way.

“Just breathing fresh air after fourteen days was incredible,” she added.

The strict quarantine rules for those entering the country has allowed Oz to keep Covid transmissions low and normality seems to have been restored in Perth, where Jess and Rob live.

“Over here, they’ve had no community transmission in nine months and everything’s just normal.

“At the start I was overwhelmed being in packed places and markets, things like that but now it’s normal again.”

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Jess Redden and Rob Kearney at Cian Healy's wedding. Picture: Andy Newman

Jess Redden and Rob Kearney at Cian Healy's wedding. Picture: Andy Newman

Jess Redden and Rob Kearney at Cian Healy's wedding. Picture: Andy Newman

Jess, who is a native of Dundrum, has had a difficult year after her beloved father, Brian, passed away last September.

The 27-year-old told Georgie that she has recently realised that talking about her father’s death helped to build up confidence with her big move across the world.

"There’s no right or wrong way to grieve but I’d have to say one of the best things that I’ve utilised is talking. I’m talking all of the time. I’m talking to my friends, my family, I’m talking to Dad. It’s really helping me," she said.

“My dad really was just the most incredible man. He just loved life so much.

“I know that he would not want me to not come to Australia and not take these opportunities.

“If I didn’t come over here and take this opportunity, it would have been a disservice to him,” she continued.

While fiancé Rob is set to remain in Perth, for a bit longer, Jess will be returning home in May to complete her pharmacy degree.

After graduating with a degree in psychology from UCD, followed by two failed medicine entry exams and another failed application to become a primary school teacher, Jess finally decided that pharmacy was the route for her.

She told listeners that her Dad was the one to encourage her in pursuing her dream career and always made her feel “important” and “special”.

Jess said that she is loving life down under and can’t wait to make her return to the country after finishing her pharmacy placement in May.

“I’d never been away from Ireland for more than two weeks ever in my life so to come away for five months and to have such a positive experience especially after such a tragic, awful year. It’s amazing what this country has done for my mind.”

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