Free Skype counselling for lonely Irish offered in Australia and Canada
2017-07-28 01:44:31

Opinion: Many millions of Irish people have been leaving Ireland for hundreds of years. I emigrated from Ireland 35 years ago. Many of my childhood friends are scattered around the world. I can't speak for everyone, but I was too concerned about holding down a job, keeping a roof over my head and feeding my family to have time to be depressed, addicted to something or vulnerable. I didn't expect to be helped by anyone, didn't have any sense of entitlement to assistance, and certainly didn't have a 'desperate need' for any kind of service. I used a pay phone for 5 mins once a month and wrote regular letters. Life was sometimes tough, but it was tougher back in Ireland in those days. There were times when I would have liked to have given up and gone back, but I couldn't afford it, so I got on with the business of making a new life in a new country. Then one day I realised that the place where I was, was actually 'home'. Too much 'assistance', 'support' and continuous connectivity with the place we have left behind, can make it harder to settle in a new place. If that's what you really need, then why did you leave in the first place? By the way I've also been doing FIFO work for many years. Anonymous, 27/07/17

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