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Val Robus, Ireland

Published Friday July 17, 2015 (12:32:31)
Val Robus
Who are you?

I'm Val Robus, I'm a housewife and mum, living in County Sligo, Ireland.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved from the UK in 1991. My parents are Irish but had moved to the UK in the 1950s and I was born in the UK. I married my Andy, my husband in 1990 and we'd had enough of the 'rat race' so we moved to Ireland.    more ...


Rachel Farndon, Dublin

Published Tuesday September 24, 2013 (03:19:24)
Rachel Farndon
Who are you?

I am Rachel Farndon. I’m in my twenties and I am a career expat.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My first big move was as a 9 year old when my family moved from New Zealand to Brunei. I have since travelled all over the world. In 2012 I made my next long term move to Ireland. This was purely spontaneous. I applied for a working holiday visa, picked up and left within about 3 months. I am now living and working in Manila, The Philippines.

How did you find somewhere to live?

In Ireland I had a number of happy coincidences.    more ...


Markus Wahl, Cork

Published Saturday August 31, 2013 (02:49:03)
Markus Wahl
Who are you?

My name is Markus, I am a 39 years old professional, originated and grown up in Austria, living and working there till 2009, the last years in our House in lower Austria near the capital Vienna.

I´m married since 16 years and we have 2 kids, but in the meantime since 7 month separated to my wife. Our kids already grown up and live their own life, one of them also here in Ireland, where I´m living now since 2009.

Ever since I worked there in IT and Helpdesk Support roles mostly in a Supervisor or Team Leader Role and involved in many IT Projects.    more ...


Alena Rakytova, Dublin

Published Tuesday August 20, 2013 (11:23:58)
Alena Rakytova
Who are you?

I’m a 34 year old Slovak girl (I write a ‘girl’ and not a ‘woman’ because I still feel very young), who lives in Ireland. I’ve just finished my bachelor’s studies here: in languages, linguistics and culture. This was not the first time I studied though – I really like studying! I suppose I’m unusual in this compared to my counterparts: I’ve never had a job longer than half a year, I don’t drive, I’m not married and I don’t have children. I live in a small rented apartment in central Dublin. I enjoy travelling, reading, watching movies, walking/hiking and playing board games.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I arrived in Ireland in December 2006.    more ...


Matt Bisp, Dublin

Published Saturday May 25, 2013 (16:47:57)
Matt Bisp
Who are you?

My name is Matt Bisp, and I’m a thirty nine year old male originally from Bristol in the south west of England. I am married to a beautiful Irish girl and have three perfect (most of the time) children, one aged seven, one aged five and the youngest aged two – all of them born in here in Ireland but I frequently remind them of their English stock! I work for one of the large Irish retail banks and I am a qualified accountant, and have been for over ten years.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved from Bristol to Dublin in July 2004 with my wife of 8 months at the time. We moved for a variety of reasons but mostly because we had married in November 2003 and our minds were drifting towards starting a family.    more ...

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