Thursday 26th November 2015
Generation Emigration

‘The emigrant experience is the struggle of being split’ When poet Sarah Griffin moved to San Francisco this year she felt alone. Then she met Irish writer Ethel Rohan, who made the same journey some 20 years previously. Their shared experiences gave them both solace.
Once, I was Irish; now I am just ‘me’ After three decades struggling with my identity as an Irish person in Canada, I realise now that I don’t belong to Ireland, Canada or anywhere else; I belong to me, writes Patrick McKenna.
Have your say: hosting friends and family from home Does hosting folks from home make you homesick or give you a newfound appreciation for your home abroad? We want to hear about your experiences.
Providing support beyond the departure gates Donijka Monk and Mary McHugh have set up a psychotherapy service to provide counselling via telephone or Skype to Irish people who are struggling with geographical distance or emotional isolation from loved ones.
I’ve made a life abroad, but it isn’t ‘home’ I’ve just returned to Zambia after a trip back to Ireland, and while my life is now “abroad”, it’s hard to imagine anywhere else will ever replace Ireland, with all its familiar sights and sounds, as my home, writes Ceire Sadlier.
Persistent Immigration Homesickness (P.I.H.) Patrick McKenna spent 34 years being homesick in Montreal, but when the option to move back to Ireland finally arose, the nostalgia for Ireland melted away and he finally developed an appreciation for Canada.