Piaras Mac Éinrí is lecturer in Migration Studies at University College Cork and no stranger to the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. We have worked closely with him on various projects in the past, particularly Breaking the Silence.
Piaras is currently leading a research study of those who are emigrating from Ireland today, to find out where they are going and how likely they are to return. He wrote recently about this project in the Irish Times, setting the project in a longer historical perspective:
Like the rest of my generation, migration was part of the background of my upbringing. I say “migration” deliberately, because emigration was, of course, only part of the picture. The 1950s, the decade into which I was born, also saw a crowding of internal rural migrants into the rapidly growing cities of Ireland. Rathfarnham and Kilmacud in Dublin, where I grew up, were full of rural migrants, bringing their own customs with them. More …
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