This week in Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Mary J McGorrin, originally from Louth Village, now living in London.
I am originally from Louth Village.
Parents names and names of family?
My parents names are Margaret McGorrin. My dad, Joe, passed away twenty-years ago.
When did you leave and why?
I left Louth Village in 1991 when I fell in love with a Londoner.
What’s your occupation?
I am a teaching assistant in foundation stage.
What’s the biggest difference in settling into your new home?
There aren’t many differences between where I live now and when I lived in Louth Village. There is definitely no culture shock apart from the accent.
Is the social life much different from home?
When I came here first I used to say hello to everyone I passed on the street and wondered why they never spoke back. People don’t say hello to each other in the streets unless they are friends. I found that very strange.
How do you like to relax?
I like to relax by reading or going for a walk in the evenings. I also like meeting my friends for a coffee.
Have you been home since leaving and what changes have you noticed?
I have found a lot of changes have happened since I left. I visit home about twice a year and have loved watching all the beautiful houses appear as if by magic. Things have got very expensive, especially eating out. Although I have noticed in the last year prices dropping overall. There are lots of changes in the economy and immigration levels.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?
The worst thing about being away from home is missing my friends and family.
Have you plans in the future to return home to Ireland for good?
No, not at this moment.
Name one thing from home that you wish you could buy in your local store?
I miss the Irish food. I especially miss Tayto and a curry chip from the Roma and their plain homemade ice cream.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
To all my family and friends I miss you very much and your are always in my thoughts.
I only wish I could get home to see you all more, but I will see you all again very soon. Until we meet again “may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”