This week in Across the Water, Martin Grant talks to Shane Mulholland, originally from Greenacres, Dundalk, now living in California.
I am originally from Greenarces, Dundalk.
Parents names and names of family?
My parents are Kay and Brendan Mulholland, brother is Stephen Mulholland, sister is Alison Mulholland, sister in law is Sabrina Mulholland, nieces are Caitlin and Nicole and nephew is Hayden.
When did you leave and why?
I left because I married an American girl.
What’s your occupation?
I am an engineer.
What’s the biggest difference in settling into your new home?
The biggest difference is probably the different lifestyle here. Work is a big part of life here. Usually most people will work over 50 hours a week. Living in California, unless you have a car, you can’t really do anything, unlike home where you could walk into town for shopping or a night out.
Is the social life much different from home?
Social life isn’t much different. One of my best mates, Davy Nolan, lives here as well so we go out just like home and play football for Ireland FC.
How do you like to relax?
I relax pretty much like I did at home - playing football, going on a night out and playing the xbox. The only thing I do here, which I can’t do at home, is go to the beach throughout the year.
Have you been home since leaving and what changes have you noticed?
I was home about three years ago. Hopefully I will get there again for Christmas or early next year. I didn’t really notice anything different, but I always talk to family and friends who tell me all about the places closing and changes happening in the town.
What’s the best and worst things about being away from home?
The best thing is the weather, the beachAes and having all the theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios an hours drive away. There is always something to do. The worst is not being able to see my family and friends on a regular basis. Another thing I miss is Oriel Park to watch Dundalk - going to watch the LA Galaxy just doesn’t compare at all!
Have you plans in the future to return home to Ireland for good?
No, I will probably never come home other than for a holiday. I really do consider this my home now.
Name one thing from home that you wish you could buy in your local store?
There is actually two things I miss. A pizza from Charlies with a side of taco sauce, although I heard that place is closed. The other is a breakfast roll from Mace.
Have you a message for your friends and family?
I miss everyone, especially my mam. See you all soon.