Hard to Say Goodbye

It comes round to the time of year again when summer must end and the trip back to Abu Dhabi to serve another term is nigh. Ninety per cent of expat wives in Abu Dhabi and around the Middle East travel to their native countries to escape the too-hot Arabian summer months.  For many it’s…

New Age Emigrant

It was always the way that those who emigrated looked after those that stayed.   Throughout the 1900’s the Irish boarded ships, planes, trains and bicycles as they started their journeys across the seas to begin their new lives abroad.   Villages, towns and parishes mourned the loss of their brothers and sisters who were forced to…

Ping Pong

It’s the time of year when the weather is just about perfect.   Warm sunny days of comfortable temperatures anywhere between 23 and 28 and fresh nights, the temperatures never going below 16/17.   It’s these few months of the year that make the unbearable Middle East summer months bearable.    It’s also the months for visitors, like…

Keeper to Kept

Over the past forty years the role of the woman within the family unit has changed significantly in Ireland.  Back in the sixties and seventies it was standard practice that women stayed at home while the men went out to work.  The women busied themselves with raising the children, keeping the house and trying to…