Local couple’s ‘New Life in the Sun’ to feature in Channel 4 series

January 8, 2018

A local couple who relocated to the Costa Del Sol where they run a successful Irish pub are set to feature in the upcoming series of Channel 4’s New Life in the Sun.

25 year old Danielle Carroll and her fiance, Crossmaglen man, Micheal McGuinness (26) will star in next month’s series of the show which follows ex-pats chasing their dream lives abroad.  The pair made the move to Spain in March last year after falling in love with the Spanish culture during a holiday to Salou where the couple got engaged.

The entrepreneurial couple yearned to run their own business and Spain seemed like the ideal destination so, when Micheal spotted an opportunity to buy a former bar in a small spanish village on the Costa Del Sol, the couple flew to Spain two days later to view it and, despite some initial reservations, they decided to buy the premises.

Describing their new home, San Luis de Sabinillas, as “a typical little Spanish fishing village,” Danielle says,

“We just fell in love with the place. It’s not built up and is so authentically Spanish with a lot of ex-pats also living here.”

Having purchased the bar in October 2016, there was a long wait for the renovation of the premises to create their own vision of the “McGuinness Irish Pub”. Back in Ireland, Danielle became an avid fan of the New Life in the Sun programme.  Micheal secretly applied for the show and soon the couple were taking part in a Skype interview with the show’s producers.

“They seemed to like that we were the youngest couple they’ve had on the show so once they told us we were accepted, they followed us on our journey from the minute we arrived until September last year.”

The programme captures the ups and downs and the teething problems of  getting started in another country as well as the day to day running of the business. 

“Basically we had cameras around us all the time, which can be strange, especially in 50 degree heat with no make-up on!” joked Danielle.

Danielle says the locals, the older expats and bar owners have practically “adopted” the couple, helping and supporting them in their new venture.

As to what the future holds for the adventurous pair, Danielle reveals they have a business plan to create the “McGuinness” brand. 

“We think we can create a brand and take it further, having integrated a lot of Irish things like the Belfast Bap in the bar, we think we can expand on things and create a popular brand here in Spain.   

“We feel like we’re just at the start of our journey and it’s very exciting!” adds Danielle.

Meanwhile friends and family back home will be glued to their screens when the couple’s journey to a dream life is aired on Channel 4’s New Life in the Sun early next month.