THE exodus of a generation of young Irish people from this country has been one of the great tragedies of our time.
It has given the lie to glib claims in government circles that this tsunami of emigration was little more than a “lifestyle choice”.
Ever since Famine times, enforced emigration has been an integral part of the fabric of Irish life. Now, for a change, an incoming tide of emigrants, most of them expatriates working in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand, is flowing into Ireland’s busy air and sea ports.
The sheer emotion of meeting their loved ones is palpable in the happy smiles and tears of the many thousands of people returning to their loved ones up and down the country.
The Irish Examiner joins with the families and friends of emigrants in welcoming home those who have now become part of the scattered Irish diaspora.
May this Christmas be a joyful and peaceful time for all.
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