TV3 explores life in Jobstown in powerful new series

11th Jan 17 | Entertainment News

'This is Jobstown’ starts tomorrow (Thursday (12th January) at 9pm on TV3.

A new ground breaking series called This is Jobstown will air on TV3 at 9pm tomorrow night (Thursday, 12th January). 

The four part fly-on-the-wall series spends a year with some of the families living in Jobstown, Tallaght, the area famed for leading the fight against the water charges.

Over the course of four episodes we see what life is really like in this sprawling council estate, as the drama of everyday life unfolds with stories of hope and despair, triumph and disappointment.

Like every area, Jobstown has its challenges. However, this is a place with a strong community spirit and home to families that pull together to help each other. Built in the 1970s with little thought for the families who would grow up there, the area had no shops, schools or sports facilities.  Now, there  are over 900 houses on the estate and with a growing population, overcrowding in some homes is becoming a problem. 

In Episode One, we meet the Coomber family, who live in a small three bedroom house with eleven people. Darcy Coomber and his girlfriend Dawn also live in the house along with their six month old baby Layla. They share a small room with Darcy’s two brothers and are desperate to find a landlord that accepts the council’s HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) scheme, something most landlords have been refusing.

We also meet internationally renowned UFC fighter and local celebrity Paddy 'The Hooligan' Holohan, who was born and bred in Jobstown and still lives there despite his fame.

After a decade fighting in the UFC, alongside pal and team mate Conor McGregor, who also makes an appearance in episode one, Paddy is facing his toughest battle to date as a rare medical condition has finally caught up with him, forcing him to give up his hugely successful career in the octagon.

As he tries to accept the hand that fate has dealt him, an opportunity he cannot refuse arises when he is asked to open his own state-of-the-art gym in Tallaght, a training venue never seen before on this scale in Ireland. We follow Paddy on his journey, as he tries to turn what could have been a disastrous situation to his advantage.

This is Jobstown is produced by Motive for TV3.

All new ‘This is Jobstown’ starts tomorrow (Thursday, 12th January) at 9pm on TV3 with catch up on 3player.