Leaving Ireland (Gracelin OMalley, #2) by Ann MooreForced to flee Ireland, Gracelin O’Malley boards a coffin ship bound for America, taking her young daughter with her on the arduous transatlantic voyage. In New York, Gracelin struggles to adapt to a strange new world and to the harsh realities of immigrant life in a city teeming with crime, corruption, and anti-Irish prejudice. As she tries to make a life for herself and her daughter, she reunites with her brother, Sean . . . and a man she thought she’d never see again. When her friendship with a runaway slave sweeps her into the volatile abolitionist movement, Gracelin gains entrée to the drawing rooms of the wealthy and powerful. Still, the injustice all around her threatens the future of those she loves, and once again, she must do the unthinkable.
Why Ireland split into the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland
The phenomenon of migration from Ireland is recorded since the Early Middle Ages ,  but it is only possible to quantify it from around since then between 9 and 10 million people born in Ireland have emigrated. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak of 8. The poorest of them went to Great Britain , especially Liverpool ; those who could afford it went farther, including almost 5 million to the United States.
The tall silhouettes are starting to twinkle against a kaleidoscopic sky of blood orange and candy pink. Today has been an achingly sad day, an emotion that thankfully feels alien to me. In many ways, leaving New York is more of a wrench than leaving Ireland was. When I emigrated first, I knew could visit Ireland a few times a year, see everyone I wanted to, move home whenever I wanted to I knew Ireland would always be here for me, I knew it would always be mine. But leaving New York is different. The last few weeks have felt like a mild version of that.
After spending the best part of a decade in Australia, I decided to give Ireland another go. I soon realised I hardly knew anyone. My social cohort had simply disappeared. The proposals would see civil servants from a range of departments basing themselves in offices in regional cities and towns rather than Dublin. So, what do you think?
So the time has come. It's the time of year we've all been waiting for. Whether you're well or ill-prepared, the highly anticipated Leaving Cert has arrived. If I had things my way, I would have had the Leaving Cert done months ago. I would have happily used my mock results, if it meant never having to pick up another book to study again.