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Laura Heuvinck

Laura Heuvinck

Laura Heuvinck

Green shoots: I was eight when I moved to Fermoy from Belgium, and although I had taken English lessons in Mechelen, school was a shock because I had no idea what people were saying.

My grandmother Alma sparked the Irish connection when she came for a holiday after Ireland joined the EU in 1973, and ended up buying a holiday home in Tallow. My mother would have spent a lot of her childhood here, and on their honeymoon my dad got the bug. On a whim they moved to Fermoy with myself and my brother in 1996.

A year later my dad was asked to run a Belgium factory so we moved to Clonmel where I made great friends; they have all emigrated abroad for work, only one lives in Dublin.