James Parnell spent 16 years as an emigrant in Australia. His three children were born there, but now they have moved back to Ireland and they are facing into their first Irish Christmas and he’s been writing a column about the big move for the Irish Times. Ariana Dunne was away from home also, but not so far – she lived in London for four and a half years and is back living and working in Dublin. James and Ariana, returned emigrants both, joined us in studio.
James Parnell spent 16 years living in Sydney. Since returning to Ireland he has been running his own business, the Wellbeing Gym. He has found that the cost of car insurance in particular has been very high.
James says that it can be difficult for emigrants to adjust to being back home again, especially in terms of picking up relationships where you left off. His advice to anyone considering a long-term return to Ireland is to “spend time thinking about it, what makes you happy and what your goals are.”
Irish Times Articles
Heart over Head (Nov 14th, 2016)
My head is good at making decisions, but I prefer my heart.
Irish Times article: Why I moved my family home to Ireland from Australia after 16 years
Doing over Planning (Nov 22nd, 2016)
While planning is valuable, you always learn more by doing.
Irish Times article: Returning emigrants underestimate how hard re-settling will be.
Choose your attitude (Dec 7th, 2016)
You can pick ten reasons to hate a decision or ten reasons to love it.
Irish Times article: My top tips for preparing to move home to Ireland
Love is the Gift (Dec 13th, 2016)
Stop time and motion to allow yourself time to absorb every last detail, to breathe it into your very being.
Irish Times article: I had no words to say goodbye to my best friend in Sydney.
The Price of Love (Dec 20th, 2016)
If you cannot get someone out of your head, maybe they are meant to be there.
Irish Times Article: I have high hopes for our first Irish Christmas in 17 years
Comparison is the Death of Happiness (Jan 24, 2017)
There is always somewhere warmer and somewhere colder. Therein lies the beauty of this world.
Irish Times Article: Surviving our first Irish winter after 17 years in Sydney
Is your climbing party ready? (Feb 5, 2017)
When you are climbing a mountain and stop to look around, it can be heartening to know you are not the only one.
Irish Times Article: Other emigrants ask, are you happy you’ve moved home
Listen to your Life (Feb 20, 2017)
“Have faith in your ability to figure things out.”
Irish Times Article: How I found my dream job on returning to live in Ireland