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Irish Transatlantics 1980-2015 book launch

Irish Transatlantics 1980-2015 by Íde B. O'Carroll. This book explores the stories of 20 Irish men and women who navigated a changed migration circuit to understand how they adapted to life 'here' and 'there' across the Atlantic.

This book charts the end of Irish emigration to America as we have known it. It is a story about 1980s emigrants, a generation forced out of Ireland by an economic recession, who could return home when the Irish economy improved in the late 1990s. Many did so while others chose to remain living in the USA. Resident now in Ireland or America, the people profiled in Irish Transatlantics describe how they lived their lives ‘here’ and ‘there’ in ways unimaginable to earlier generations. For decades they maintained and sustained connections to both places with the aid of each new technological advance - email, texts, Skype, social media. Their capacity to continue personal and professional ties that transcended national borders, marked the emergence of extensive transnationalism in Irish-US migration. In this book, O’Carroll also argues that since the USA is no longer the long-distance destination for departing Irish, this generation’s story is unique – it will never be replicated. The extent and nature of transatlantic connections possible between people and places between 1980-2015 was fascinating because it could affect the lives and sense of belonging of these Irish people. For many, like Peter and Siobhán Donovan, being dual citizens was a hedge against the likelihood of future economic recessions and the need to leave again. Representing the last wave of Irish emigrants to America, this book chronicles how these people made sense of and understood a changed migration circuit between Ireland and America. Íde B. O'Carroll is an Irish-born social researcher and writer who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and Lismore, County Waterford. Visiting Scholar at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU from 2013- 2017, she currently teaches at UMass-Amherst.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events:
Time: 6 pm
Location: Staff Common Room UCC
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mike Collins
021 490 2980

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