Young Irish People Explain Why They Moved Abroad


WHILE EMIGRATION is a huge part of the nation’s history, no two experiences are the same. WWN spoke to some ex-pats who reveal the reasons they felt the need to move abroad:

“I have a better chance of catching chlamydia off Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie during a threesome than I do of paying reasonable rent in Dublin so…” – Sean O’Neill, now living in Glasgow.

“Like I’m going to just list my outstanding warrants back in Ireland to a random stranger, fuck off with ya!” – Ciara Hurley, now on the run in Dunedin.

“When I was younger I had a cousin who moved to Australia and on visits home he used to spend the whole time talking about how crap Ireland was, and how everything here was done wrong and that they do it much better abroad, and I thought to myself; I want to be that annoying when I’m older so I moved abroad there last year after finishing college” – Lisa Fanton, now in Perth.

“There’s currently no extradition treaty between Ireland and the UAE” – Daniel Kinahan, now in Dubai.

“It was a big culture shock but you get used to it after awhile. The locals aren’t the welcoming but you can’t have everything” – Eabha Preston, now living in Cork.

“I always wanted to be in the army but the Irish army is neutral and would be see no action so it seemed a no brainer to go abroad” – David O’Brien, member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“I don’t want to raise my hypothetical children in a cloistered, small-minded backwater of a town which trades in begrudgery and intolerance, so I had to leave for the complete opposite” – Paula Power, now living in Florida.

“Since I was a child I had always dreamed of being that random lad in a Kerry jersey at a big international sporting event, but that’s not possible sitting on my arse at home so off I went” – John Cassidy, now in Las Vegas.

“There’s better pay and job opportunities in my chosen field in Saudi Arabia so the choice was sort of made for me” – Martin Borden, executioner in Saudi Arabia.