I co-wrote a brief article on emigration for The Irish Times with fellow Dubliner and new emigrant to San Francisco, Sarah Griffin (photo via The Irish Times and taken by Ian Tuttle).


Sarah voiced a reluctance to join the Irish community here, largely because she doesn’t want it to mirror everything she is missing about Ireland and to suck her right in. I understand her reluctance. While I believe the Irish community can be of vital support to new emigrants, there’s a danger of getting trapped inside the smallness of the familiar, allowing that sense of living in a strange place to remain forever. Emigrants have to let go of any sense of preciousness around having a single identity.



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