Martin Grant talks to Jack Conachy, originally from Greenacres, Dundalk, now living in the High Desert, California.
I am originally from Greenacres, Dundalk.
Parents names and names of family?
John and Geraldine Conachy still living in Greenacres. Louise is my sister and has been in Germany for over 20 years. Both my brothers have been in Boston for many years. David is the older of the boys and Gareth is the youngest. Both work in construction.
When did you leave and why?
I left in 1994 and moved to Germany for a few years to work in an Irish bar. After been there for 2 years, I moved to the States and ended up in Boston working in various bars and in construction. At the time I moved it was just to experience different cultures and cities. After a few years in Boston I took a year out and moved to Australia during the Olympics and spent a year working and travelling all over the country. When I left Australia I returned home to Ireland and spent about 8 weeks back in Dundalk and worked in the Avenue Inn where I had worked before I left the country originally.
After that I had moved back to Boston for a couple of years and met a girl in Boston who was originally from Guatemala but had been brought up in California. We ended up moving to LA together and we got married in Guatemala and settled down in Long Beach CA. After a few years we divorced and I ended up with the girl I’m with now and have been together for 5 very happy years. We now live about 100 miles from Los Angeles in an area called the High Desert. Big open area on the edge of Mojave desert.
What’s your occupation?
I have two companies. I do A/C inspections and also recently certified as a State certified HERS (Home Enery Rating) Rater and work primarily up and down California.
Is the social life much different from home?
The climate changes the social life here. A lot more activities outdoor.
How do you like to relax?
I can g o running outside whenever I feel like it. The climate is great.
Have you been home since leaving and what changes have you noticed?
I haven’t really be home, apart from my visits between countries.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?The climate is great. Worst thing is I have not spoken to many of the guys or girls I grew up with. And also I can’t run over to Tonys takeaway for a dinner box. I miss that like crazy.
Have you plans in the future to return home to Ireland for good?
As for returning home, a visit every few years is fine but I have rooted in over here and can’t see myself ever living outside of the States again.
Name one thing from home that you wish you could buy in your local store?
When I was I kid I loved Tangle Twisters. I wish I could just stop at the local store here and grab one. And also miss my moms stew.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
As for a message for friends and family. I miss you all and wish over the years I could have been better about coming back to Ireland and enjoying the little things you don’t notice until your gone and it’s too late.