In this week’s Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Meghan Hillier, originally from Canada, moved to Dundalk and is now back in Canada.
I am originally from the Canada. I moved to Dundalk when I was 14 so would consider Dundalk to be my hometown.
Parents names and names of family?
My family in the town are the Morgans from McSweeney Street.
When did you leave and why?
I left Dundalk eight years ago to move back to Canada.
What’s your occupation?
I work at our local hospital in the kitchen where I sometimes cook.
What’s the biggest difference in settling into your new home?
The biggest difference is the weather but there are a lot of little differences.
Is the social life much different from home?
The pubs are different here. Social life is more about going to friends houses to have a few drinks.
How do you like to relax?
In the summer, it is great to be outdoors so we do a lot of camping and outdoor activities during those months.
Have you been home since leaving and what changes have you noticed?
Yes, I have been home. I’ve noticed in the town a lot of shops have closed down but a few new places have opened.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?
The best thing about living here is the people and the weather but I miss my family and friends.
Any plans to return home?
I’m still not sure about moving back for good.
Name one Irish product that you wish you could buy in your local store?
I would love to be able to get Tayto in the shops, but I’ve great family and friends who send them over every once in a while.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
I miss you all everyday. I shall be seeing you all soon enough!