Passage man Ian Mawe left Ireland nearly a year and a half ago to first pursue educational opportunities in London through a MSc in Security Studies at University Collge London. Following that Ian moved to America, more specifically to New York, in order to further advance his career. Whilst this Rebel Rambler may have moved for job reasons, it was a move of choice, rather than sheer necessity.
How long has it been since you emigrated from Ireland?
I originally left Cork 18 months ago.
Why did you decide to leave Cork?
I first went to London for educational purposes to supplement my BSc in Government from UCC.
What made you emigrate to the place you live in at the moment?
I moved to New York to search for work and to get some more diverse experience.
What’s your favourite thing about your new home?
The way that I have been treated by the people. Everybody has been really welcoming and helpful in getting me settled, which is a big deal for someone just moving to a new country.
What do you miss most about Cork?
My family and having a quiet pint in one of the localin Passage or the city.
What do you miss least about Cork?
It would have to be the constant pictures on the news and stories papers of young people queueing for their dole.
How did family and friends react when you emigrated?
My parents were upset that I would be so far away but recognised that this was an opportunity to develop more skills and experiences.
Do you plan to return to live in Ireland anytime in the future?
Yes I would love to return to Ireland to raise a family. We have the best education system in the world and I would like my children to take advantage of the opportunities that I availed of.
Would you like to raise your family abroad?
As I said I would like my children to avail of the same education as I did, so I would be wary of raising a family away from Ireland.
Does social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Skype make it easier to move abroad?
It makes it easier to keep in touch but it also increases homesickness at times as you constantly see what your missing.