In this week’s Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Miceal Adams, originally from Dundalk, now living in Auckland, New Zealand.
I am originally from Dundalk. I love the town!
Parents names and names of family?
Nat & Kitty Adams, plus brothers and sister.
When did you leave and why?
I left Ireland in 1980. I decided to go to University in the USA.
What’s your occupation?
I am the National Director for a charity in New Zealand and Australia. I live in Auckland New Zealand.
What’s the biggest difference in settling into your new home?
The biggest thing I noticed between Ireland and New Zealand was how people look at the past. People in New Zealand are not stuck in the past because the recorded history is so short. I loved New Zealand the moment I got off the plane, it really felt like a new beginning. I consider it my home now. But I am still very proud to be Irish and from Dundalk.
Is the social life much different from home?
Yes, a lot of activities is all based on the outdoors.
How do you like to relax?
New Zealand has the best as far as a natural environment; it’s the most beautiful Country in the world. I love the New Zealand Bush, I’ve climbed the big mountains here and still love going into the back country. I still think that Ireland is one of the friendliest places in the world; New Zealand is not far behind.
Have you been home since leaving and what changes have you noticed?
I think both Ireland and New Zealand have changed so much over the past thirty years. The roads in Ireland used to be the worst roads, there were no motorways when I left Ireland. It’s nice to see that the Irish roads system has changed so dramatically. It would be nice to see a similar road system set up in New Zealand. But since New Zealand is fifteen hundred kilometres long, I don’t see that happening any time soon.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?
The lifestyle is the best and missing your family is the worst thing about being away from Dundalk.
Have you plans in the future to return home to Ireland for good?
I plan to return to Ireland in April to visit the family. But New Zealand is my home now.
Name one thing from home that you wish you could buy in your local store?
I would love to be able to buy potato bread.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
I hope your upcoming summer is much drier than your winter. Next winter visit New Zealand and I’ll put a few sausages on the BBQ as we enjoy the beautiful summer weather here in New Zealand. By the way, we very very rarely get below zero degrees in Auckland during the winter months.