Friday 25th July 2014
Generation Emigration

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Remembering my mother at Christmas Lives lived abroad garner subtle differences. Perceptions are altered. We who leave never forget our roots but we soon see things differently. Emigration instils a sense of independence and family bonds are shaken loose and set adrift with the passage of time, writes Philip Lynch.
The time of year when home seems very far away CIARA KENNY found out how the Irish abroad will spend Christmas this year
No call for turkey heroics Down Under Christmas in Australia is centred around barbecues, surfing, cricket and yacht races, but memories of my Irish Christmases are never far from my mind, writes Philip Lynch
‘Going was easy. Staying away is much more complicated’ I was a naive young man when I left Ireland in the 1980s, with no idea what was in store for me in Australia. As the years have gone by, saying goodbye after visits home and staying away has felt more poignant and painful, writes Philip Lynch.
Nurse. Come quick. It’s an emergency! Australia needs you Australian health boards are coming to Ireland to recruit Irish nurses, with the promise of better pay and prospects - and that famous Australian lifestyle, writes CIARA KENNY
‘Being away from home has opened me up and made me more confident’ Unemployment in Ireland made me emigrate to Australia. Moving there has completely changed my life, and now I’m reluctant to leave, says Laura Masterson
Thousands attend jobs fair Almost 8,000 jobseekers attended the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS in Dublin at the weekend, looking for information on opportunities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
When things go wrong far from home For Irish emigrants dealing with poverty, illness and even death, volunteer groups provide vital support, writes Ciara Kenny