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21 year old Mikee Plangca (center front) pictured with her siblings, Chekie (12) , Michael (19) and John (14). Picture by Frank McGrath

21 year old Mikee Plangca (center front) pictured with her siblings, Chekie (12) , Michael (19) and John (14). Picture by Frank McGrath

21 year old Mikee Plangca (center front) pictured with her siblings, Chekie (12) , Michael (19) and John (14). Picture by Frank McGrath

Miguel Plangca was 36 when he left his home in Ozamis city in the Philippines for a new life in Ireland.

Like many Filipinos who relocate to the Republic, he had come for employment and managed to secure a job in Naas with Green Isle, one of the country's biggest frozen food producers.

For the next 20 years he did little else but work, clocking up thousands of gruelling hours on the factory packaging line and sending money home to his wife Gilceria and his five children in the Philippines.