Where are you going?
What is pushing you to leave Ireland?
Ireland is such a small place. It’s kind of said jokingly that if you know one person in Ireland you know everyone, but there’s a certain amount of truth to that, especially around Dublin. I love my city, I love Ireland too, everything about it, but I’m just at an age where I need to get out and see what else is going on in the world before I root myself too deeply here. It’ll be nice to be a stranger in a big city again, and have to figure it all out by myself.
Do you think you have a strong attachment with Ireland and that you will find yourself missing home?
Absolutely I have a strong attachment with Ireland, whenever I’m away for long periods of time it’s the place that I romanticize the most. But it’s funny in the way that I don’t really appreciate it until I’m deprived of it for a bit. I had the pleasure of meeting the Irish writer Collum McCann when I spent a summer in New York, and he told me that when he started writing, he felt like he had to leave Ireland to remember Ireland, and I think that’s a really nice and honest way of thinking about it. There are just certain beauties and intricacies around the country that you don’t really think about or appreciate until you leave them behind. In that respect I’ll probably have my days when I’m missing home, but I’ll also appreciate Ireland a lot more for it, and savor the days when I come back to visit.
What are you going to miss most about Ireland?
The people, the family and the friends. I’m lucky enough to have an extremely tight knit group of friends, we’ve hung around for years and despite jobs and what not, we still get together every week and do a trip or two each year. However we’re all growing up a bit now, and this year five of us will have emigrated, me included, along with many more extended friends. It’s a bit sad when you see the effects of adulthood taking a hold on your friendships, you kind of don’t want to believe that you’ll grow apart, and maybe you won’t, but when people start emigrating it gets a lot tougher to get everyone together, and that’s probably the most daunting thing, the idea that I won’t get to see as much of my friends. So yeah, I’ll miss the people around me most.