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Emigrating in our forties: ‘My art is a vessel for dealing with the trauma of moving our family to Berlin’

Fed up with the precarious Dublin rental market, artist and performer Dee Mulrooney and her husband decided to up sticks when they were in their forties and move their young family to Germany

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Dee Mulrooney says she has learned to live with homesickness. Photo: Richard Heffernan

Dee Mulrooney says she has learned to live with homesickness. Photo: Richard Heffernan

Dee Mulrooney as Growler. Photo: Kyle Ferguson and Richard Heffernan

Dee Mulrooney as Growler. Photo: Kyle Ferguson and Richard Heffernan

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Dee Mulrooney says she has learned to live with homesickness. Photo: Richard Heffernan

Back in July 2015, my husband and I were renting a house in Donaghmede. It was basically beside my mam and dad and we were saving up to buy it and make it our own. Then, out of nowhere, the landlord terminated the tenancy and it felt like the bottom dropped out of our world.

At the time it was devastating because we had two young kids (then aged seven and 10). It was an absolute bolt out of the blue and it completely changed everything for us in an instant.


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