Thursday 22nd February 2018
Generation Emigration

The complexities of naming Irish babies in Poland We chose a common Irish name for our Irish-Polish daughter, but the authorities almost rejected it as they said it sounds like a squealing cat, writes Damien Moran
‘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.
Learning the local tongues It would have been easy to get by speaking English in Brussels, but improving my French and taking up Flemish has offered me more of an insight into two very different but overlapping sides of Belgian culture, writes Deirdre Lennon.
Talking the talk Getting to grips with the local language can be one of the biggest challenges faced by emigrants as they settle into their new life abroad. RUADHÁN MAC CORMAIC , DEREK SCALLY and CLIFFORD COONAN speak to those who have made an effort to learn, and others who are getting on without.
The welcome immigrant Ronan Browne moved to Finland with his family last year, and received a warm welcome as an Irish person, but soon discovered his experience as an immigrant differed greatly to those of other nationalities.