Saturday 3 December 2016

Irish in America are different now - and we need them home

Published 19/10/2015 | 02:30

The Boston Irish Famine Memorial. As Ireland recovers from the economic crash lets hope we can welcome home those Irish who were forced to emigrate due to economic difficulties
The Boston Irish Famine Memorial. As Ireland recovers from the economic crash lets hope we can welcome home those Irish who were forced to emigrate due to economic difficulties

My 23-year-old daughter, Catherine, recently joined the ranks of the thousands of young Irish who have moved to the USA.

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The majority of our young people who crossed the Atlantic in the last eight years did so due to economic necessity. Not so Catherine, who was hungry to have a taste of living in another part of the world and to gain experience in her chosen field. She went on a graduate visa for a set period of time.

We have very strong family connections in New York. In the 1950s four of my mother's brothers emigrated from their home village in Co Tipperary to the city. The eldest brother went first, followed by the next in age, etc. The fifth brother, the youngest, moved to the east coast of America in the 1960s after being ordained a priest in Ireland, and served in various parishes there until his retirement.

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