Limerick man Lee motoring through desert to the World Cup

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Lee Dillon and Dylan Bolger who are on their way to Qatar.

IRELAND might not have reached Qatar for the 2022 World Cup but two former Limerick students have still taken to the road to soak up all the fanfare and on-pitch action of the beautiful game.

Lee Dillon, a former Live 95 presenter and Students Union Vice President at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), is driving through the desert this week from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar for the biggest football tournament of them all.

For the past two years, the 28-year-old Limerick man and his friend Dylan Bolger from Waterford, another former MIC student, have been building their careers as a primary school teachers in Abu Dhabi.

After getting settled in their new home from home, the pair started The Dylan and Dillon Podcast to reflect the strong ties Dubai and Abu Dhabi have with the Irish community.

“We, like many other Irish people here, had been contacted by friends back home who wanted information about how to move to the UAE, how to get jobs here, what the culture is like, and whether it would suit them.

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“We wondered if there was a way to make that process much easier for people. Then it hit us — let’s start a podcast,” Lee, a former Ardscoil Rís student, explained.

“In the following months, we worked only between the two of us, with a very limited budget and a commitment to a full-time teaching job, to build our podcast and social media brand from the ground up.

At this point, the two young Irish men have released three seasons of content and one season of ‘The Extra D’, which helps those seeking work in UAE. All episodes are on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

“Now, we are taking the show on the road with our biggest project to date. We’re driving eight hours through the desert — UAE to Saudi and Qatar — to attend the FIFA World Cup,” Lee said.
“On top of that, we’re doing social media build-up before and during the tournament. We also released a six-part build-up podcast on November 1.”
Follow Dylan and Dillon’s World Cup adventures here