Irish woman now calls Gladstone home
IRISH lass Stephanie Whearty has moved to Gladstone before but says this time it's for good.
The 26-year-old originally came to Gladstone in September 2012 in pursuit of some Aussie travel and came across Gladstone.
Miss Whearty said that she was quite happy to settle here because there's so much to love.
"It's so good here. It's got everything you need, from the cinemas to the beach and Stockland and bars," she said. "But I have another reason for my constant return - I'm in love."
Stephanie began work at the Young Australian bistro and that's where she met her now boyfriend, Kieren Ghea.
"I left Gladstone for a bit but officially moved back here last month so that Kieren and I could live together," she said.
"He's a Gladstone local and an engineer on the Island."
Although Stephanie doesn't have a job just yet, she's excited to peruse her dream profession of a social care worker.
"I finished uni five years ago and still haven't done anything with the degree because I just love travelling so much," she said.
"Now's the time to get some real work, either in disability or child care."
When Stephanie has some down time, she said she enjoys exercise and exploring.
Stephanie said the couple have no plans to jet-set back to Ireland any time soon.
"I plan to stay here as long as I can," she laughed.
"I miss my family back home but I'm happy enough here.
"My dad Skypes and Facebooks me every day and hopefully I can persuade them to come visit one day."
Kieren and Stephanie have just moved into a new apartment.