In this week in Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Ciaran McQuaid, originally from Dundalk, now living in Medicine Hat, Canada.
I am originally from Dundalk.
Parents names and names of family?
My father is Brendan McQuaid and mother is Mary McQuaid. Siblings are Carmel, Therese, Seamus and Mary.
When did you leave and why?
I left for Toronto in May 2013. But I have only moved to Medicine Hat in Alberta in recent weeks. There is a population of 60,000 here. I left Ireland because of the economic situation. I have been taken on as an apprentice pipe fitter for an Alberta based oil company.
What’s the biggest difference in settling into your new home?
The biggest difference in settling into a town like Medicine Hat is finding new people of similar interests to myself. As it is primarily an oil town most people work in the oil industry so there is not a huge diversity of people.
Is the social life much different from home?
The social is quite similar to the Irish social life, as Medicine Hat is also quite small. The social scene revolves around the pub and sports.
How do you like to relax?
For relaxation I enjoy fishing and also I have become a bit of an ice hockey fan.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?
The best thing about being away from home is the huge opportunities that are available in Canada. The worst thing is missing family and friends.
Name one thing from home that you wish you could buy in your local store?
One thing I would love to be able to buy from home in the local shop is my mother’s cooking.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
I love you all and hope to see you all soon.