Saturday 20th September 2014
Generation Emigration

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Thinking of all the little things of family Thirty years ago I left home, and for the rest of my parents' lives I would live at the opposite end of the world to them. But there was more than just distance to deal with, writes PHILIP LYNCH
My mother, my Dublin A recent visit back to Dublin made me realise how much I miss the country of my birth, a place I don't get to visit often since my mother's death, writes Philomena Grace-Lafortune in Canada.
Beyond Belfast Long lapses between visits home can have sobering consequences, writes Philip Lynch.
Visitors in their own country Holidays at home made some emigrants want to move back. Others were glad to leave again. CIARA KENNY talks to emigrants who returned this summer.
‘It was terrible saying goodbye . . . it still hurts’ Hosting friends and family offers Irish emigrants the chance to reconnect with loved ones and show off the place they now call home, but saying goodbye can make the distance from Ireland more acutely felt than ever, writes CIARA KENNY
‘One thought kept recurring. My mother might be dying, and I’m not there’ She had to spell it out to me. I was sitting in a staffroom in London, Skyping my mother on borrowed Wifi, while she sat pulled over in her car in the west of Ireland telling me she had cancer, writes Padraig Moran.
Coping without grannies, granddads, uncles and aunts Being far from family means we have to create new support networks for ourselves abroad, writes Clare Calvey.
Why we love where we live now: a response The entries to the recent Generation Emigration competition were a breath of fresh air; they proved we are open minded, generous, tolerant and good guests in foreign countries, writes Barbara Scully.