‘People often look at us because we’re a bi-racial couple’

New to the Parish: Maxim Staricov, from Moldova, arrived in Ireland in late 2012

Maxim with his wife Patricia and daughter Annabelle at their home in Co Dublin. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley

Maxim with his wife Patricia and daughter Annabelle at their home in Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Maxim Staricov’s first job in Ireland was selling mobile phone SIM cards on Moore Street. After nearly seven years working in London, the Moldovan salesman needed a change from the bustle and noise of the English capital.

“London is a meat grinder, you really need to be on the ball there. I didn’t want to be in Moldova but I’d had enough of England. In my mind, I was coming to Ireland on a temporary basis.”

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