In our modern world, emigration doesn’t have to mean isolationImage

Photo of Irish family on arrival in New York 1929


Now, it is completely different and, in an era of mobile phones, Skype and the internet, it is hard to imagine such isolation. There is also cheap travel: emigrants of the 1960s had to save all year to pay for the flight home, and there was no Ryanair. Such communications have not just made contact with home easier, they have made the world more familiar and accessible. We speak English, after all, are generally well-educated and are coming from a much more confident place than our forebears. Despite the recent downturn, Ireland is a much more modern and prosperous place than the backward place of yore.