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Emigrants Diary

An Emigrant’s Diary – A trip to Seattle

by Sharon Whelton I apologise for the lack of blog posts over the last few months. My column on my Nana’s death was probably the most difficult piece I’ve had to put together in a long time, so I just wanted to take a step back from it all and just enjoy the summer here in Calgary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two months since Nana’s funeral,

An emigrant’s diary – A tribute to Nana Phil

As some of you may now be aware of, my plans changed quite unexpectedly during the last few weeks due to the death of my beautiful grandmother. Nana Phil passed away in her sleep on the morning of June 29, and we were all obviously devastated by her passing. Nana’s health had unfortunately been deteriorating in recent months, but her passing was still sudden and heart-breaking for us all. It’s

An Emigrant’s Diary – Waiting for permanent residency

THE warm weather is starting to show here in Calgary – we’ve had a couple of gorgeous days recently where temperatures were 20 degrees, so it just makes us wish that summer was here already! Only another short while to go and we should definitely see temperatures rise higher again. Work has been very busy for us both recently – it’s approaching tax deadlines for my company so it’s going

An Emigrant’s Diary – time flies!

It was fantastic to have Mom and Dad here in Calgary for two weeks – the time absolutely flew because we packed so much in during their stay. Since Mike and I worked for most of the first week, we didn’t get a huge amount of sightseeing done during the week but Mom and Dad did their own thing during the day, and then we did lots of different activities

An Emigrant’s Diary – visitors from home

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   AT the time this piece goes to print, Clare and Ciara will be getting ready for their trip over here! They fly in on July 1st, which is Canada Day here – so Mike and I will be able to go

An Emigrant’s Diary – Toothache!

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada, gives us an insight into what life is like for the new generation of emigrants.   So at the time of writing this piece, I’ve had my wisdom teeth surgery. To be honest, I thought I’d be much more nervous about it – Mike even remarked at how calm I was leading up to the surgery, but

An Emigrant’s Diary – waiting for the thaw

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   I guess I kind of jinxed myself in my last column when I wrote that we could finally see our garden after such a long winter – the snow STILL hasn’t subsided. It’s so strange – we could have stunning weather