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Emigrants Diary

An Emigrant’s Diary – Permanent Residency

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   Thankfully the snow seems to have eased off quite a bit since I last wrote, and we can finally see the grass in our garden – it may look orange and dead, but we can see it! The weather has fluctuated quite

An Emigrant’s Diary – No rest for the wicked!

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has moved to Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants SO it’s STILL snowing here in Calgary – I’m pretty sure it’s been snowing non-stop for about a week or so now. The worst thing is that the temperatures haven’t exactly been freezing either, but the snow is just getting to be a

An Emigrant’s Diary – wearing the green

AT the time of writing, it’s the morning of St Patrick’s Day here in Calgary so by the time you guys read my column, belated St Patrick’s Day wishes to you all! It’s funny in the sense that a lot of Canadians seem to take this holiday very seriously, and take the actual day off of work to enjoy the celebrations – which is quite ironic seeing as though all

An Emigrant’s Diary – minus 42!

In this series, Clon girl Sharon Whelton who as emigrated to Calgary, Canada, gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new generation of emigrants.   So in my last blog, I mentioned that we had been experiencing a bout of cold weather. Well, it got worse – for the entire first weekend of March, it was -40 all weekend! Mike and I actually went for dinner

An Emigrant’s Diary – Planning ahead

We have had such freezing temperatures in recent weeks that it’s led to Mike and I both suffering from the flu. Mike was the first to experience it, so I knew that it was only a matter of time before I was going to be ill too. We had about 10 days where temperatures were a minimum of -20 degrees Celsius! I think that the coldest was -38 degrees, and

An Emigrants Diary – Things are quiet!

Clon girl Sharon Whelton who has emigrated to Calgary, Canada gives us an insight into what life is like for Ireland’s new emigrant generation.   Last time I was telling you that I had taken a bad fall during a snowboarding trip to Lake Louise in early January, but thankfully I’m finally starting to notice a big improvement. I’ve had a visit to the chiropractor at least once a week

An Emigrants Diary – Back in Canada

It’s hard to believe that we’re back in Calgary almost one month already since our trip home for Christmas. The time is absolutely flying by, but I guess the fact that we had already been so settled into things in Calgary, made it easier in terms of having to adjust to everything again. In fact, we’ve been extremely busy since we got back – no surprise there.

An Emigrant’s Diary – Home for Christmas!

So it’s back to reality and normality for Mike and I following our wonderful trip at home for Christmas!   Our trip from Calgary back to Dublin on December 19/20 went perfectly to plan, and we actually arrived back in Dublin a little earlier than scheduled.   However, this gave us enough to grab our luggage before meeting Mike’s mum at the airport.

An Emigrant’s Diary – missing the little things

I’m delighted to say that snowboarding season has well and truly arrived, along with the freezing temperatures. At the time of writing, we’ve already been out snowboarding twice (Mike has been out three times) and we’re planning another trip this weekend. Although the resorts are open, only some runs are open to use right now, due to ice and such. Even the runs that are open right now are still