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    Researcher seeks returning emigrants

    By Noreen Bowden | October 14, 2010

    A PhD student is seeking returning emigrants who left Ireland since 1990 and have come back. She writes in

    I am a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and I’d like to meet with recently returned Irish emigrants in the west of Ireland, to take part in an exciting PhD research project. This project will explore your experiences of leaving Ireland during the 1990s or 2000s to spend some time abroad and your experiences of returning back to Ireland.

    The initial interest for my research stemmed from my own family’s experience of emigration and return from north-west Kerry out to America and England and then subsequently back again. Ireland’s national story has been very closely linked with the issues of emigration. During the Celtic Tiger economic boom in the 1990s, Irish emigrants were returning significantly in greater numbers than those leaving the country. Whilst sadly this trend has ceased, people still continue to return and in particular to the more rural western counties.

    Interested participants would be asked to meet for one-to-one informal interviews which would be orally recorded and any identifying details need not be attached should you wish. Through these personalised everyday accounts from returned emigrants, I hope to explore the interactions with ‘locals’ and ‘others’ in the communities, the material objects brought back to Ireland or travelled with, memories of growing up in Ireland and the experience of return. Together these elements can provide a rich picture of the social and cultural changes taken place in recent years in Ireland. If you are interested in taking part or would like to receive more information please contact:


    Telephone: 447748967469

    Post: Christina Noble, 1 Friary Court, Park Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Irelan

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