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The Curse of Emigration

(Rakshitha bhat, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons) We've all heard of "The Curse of Emigration" but does it really exist? As an Emigrant the Bantering Barman has his own opinion on this. Is it real or mythology? As a small island nation Ireland has certainly had its share of emigration. There are many reasons for emigration but quite frankly they can be summed up into two reasons. Love or money. By money we mean the chance to do better or prosper. And Love.... well I'm sure you can figure that out yourselves. In days of yore emigration certainly was a curse. It was brought about by oppression, famine and many other such things. While you could stay, what was there to stay for? Large families, splitting farms, lack of of food and very little work except for what the landlords and occupiers gave you. There wasn't much to do but emigrate. Lack of education meant that the Irish went off and took whatever work t

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