Ciara Kenny

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Have your say: do you seek out or avoid other Irish?

Do you actively engage in Irish activities like GAA where you live, or do you purposely avoid other Irish people? Do you think the support of other Irish is important, or does it hinder integration?

Tue, Jan 10, 2012, 12:40


Last week, Paul Bradfield’s Emigrant Voices piece “The lights can be turned back on for emigrants” sparked a debate over whether emigrants should seek out or avoid Irish activities abroad.

We want to expand that discussion here.

Do you actively engage in Irish activities (e.g. GAA, Irish language, dancing, music etc) where you live, or do you purposely avoid it? Are you a member of an Irish society? Do you socialise in Irish bars? How important is the support of other Irish when living away from Ireland?

Or do you think mixing with other Irish people hinders emigrants’ integration into their new community?

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