Tuesday 6 December 2016

WATCH: From mammy's cooking to the GAA - Here's what Irish people would miss most if they emigrated

Tomas Heneghan

Published 25/08/2016 | 16:56

Thousands of Irish emigrants are returning every year, new statistics show
Thousands of Irish emigrants are returning every year, new statistics show

Following the news that more people are coming to live in Ireland than are leaving the country for the first time since 2009, Independent.ie asked people to describe their experiences of leaving Ireland.

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Following a massive response, we decided to take to the streets and ask people what they would miss most if they had to emigrate from Ireland tomorrow.

Louth man David Reilly said: “Aside from people and family, it would probably be the whole community kind of feeling.

“Local GAA kind of vibe that you get, as opposed to a big city or being abroad, you don’t kind of get that of locality and knowing everyone and all that kind of thing.”

Meanwhile Alan Kavanagh from Dublin told Independent.ie: “I’d probably miss the food and drink in Ireland. I enjoy service here.”

Ronan Miyachi from Foxrock said: “The events here, like St. Patrick’s Day – I’ve been away for St. Patrick’s Day and you do kind of miss the atmosphere that you do kind of get here.”

Meanwhile Taylor Whyte from Blackrock explained: “I’d probably miss the personality. Like everyone’s in good spirits in Ireland. And going out and town and stuff, everyone’s in a good mood.”

Wexford woman Doireann Kavanagh said she would miss the GAA, saying: “Definitely GAA anyway.

“I think I’d miss being able to go out to the field with all my friends and play but probably mam’s cooking as well would be a big thing, because I think it’s only when you’re away you realise you can’t really cook for yourself.”

Michael Duffy from Donegal said: “I’d say the Irish kind of buzz, the positive attitude, the whole kind of banter or whatever.

“No matter where you go, even if you’re with your friends or whatever, just the good old buzz, the craic.”

Lara Duffy from Donegal added: “I’d probably just miss you know, Dublin, strolling down Grafton Street, the craic just in general, just all the nice people.”

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