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Co Derry's `frostbit boy' to seek out new life as auctioneer in Texas

Ruairí McSorley plans to move to the US

'FROSTBIT boy' Ruairí McSorley has revealed he is planning to move to the US to start a new career as an auctioneer.

The 24-year-old from Park in Co Derry entertainer has been speaking about his plans to move to Texas.

The news comes just over a week after he was dramatically rescued from the sea off the coast of Co Kerry.

First reported missing at around 8am on Sunday, August 22, after his clothes and shoes were found on the shore by a walker at a beach at Inch, he was found by the RNLI 12 hours later, 4km from the shore surrounded by a pod of dolphins.

Mr McSorley shot to fame in 2015 when he was asked by a UTV reporter about the weather, to which he replied "you wouldn't be long getting frostbit".

The video went viral and was viewed more than 3.5million.

Tipped for a possible career in the world of entertainment he said it is his intention now to be "an Irish auctioneer in Texas" though it is unclear whether he will be able to get a US working visa during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

"I believe trade is a mix of entertainment and business and I think it will suit me," he said.

"It's a big industry out there and there's not much of it happening at home.

"I think it will be a great place for me to go for a few years to sort my life out and I can do whatever I want after that. Texas is a great place due to the value they place on their freedom, and I really like that I have to say."

Mr McSorley said he plans to leave Ireland on September 15.

"I'm going to head out and get things sorted once I'm out there, but I don't think there'll be any trouble," he said.

"I don't think I'll have any bother succeeding in Texas".

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