Ciara Kenny

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Gallery: Moving our family from Dublin to Nova Scotia

Uprooting our family and moving to Nova Scotia was one of the most difficult things we have been through. This slideshow traces our journey through the packing stages, the difficult goodbyes and the trip to Canada itself, writes Cyndi Fendley Sweeney

Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 10:00



I left Toronto in 1999 after falling in love with an Irish potato farmer. We enjoyed more than a decade building our lives, growing our family and creating lifelong friendships in Ranelagh, Sandyford and Dalkey before making the difficult deicision to move back to Canada with our three children after 13 years in Ireland last year.

We were fortunate to have the option to move, but uprooting a family was one of the hardest and most stressful times we have been through.

This gallery of photos traces our family’s journey through the packing stages, the difficult goodbyes and the trip to Canada itself (click on any image to view as a slideshow).

[For more about emigrating with a young family, see Sheila Wayman's article Emigration: and the family came too featured in today's Family & Health supplement.]

Cyndi is a freelance writer and journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She has shared snippets of her first year in Canada on her blog www.cyndiincanada.tumblr.comand her slideshow and work can be found on

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