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Life my parents lived is one I will never be able to have

Eimear McGovern


Things older generations took for granted are now out of reach

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We all have ambitions to buy a new home

Pushing my trolley through the supermarket, I pile the goods in one on top of the other. Chorizo sourced from the foothills of the Pyrenees, pasta in shiny blue and yellow packaging, spicy kimchi exactly like what you’d find in Korea, an avocado perhaps. After making my way home, I might sit down to whatever programme I’m currently watching on Netflix or go to my local café for a takeaway flat white.

It’s a normal sequence of events for anyone in roughly the same age bracket as me but if you read the above sentences out to our parents when they were our age, chances are they wouldn’t recognise most of the words I used — apart from the pasta, Ireland in the late 1980s wasn’t that bad.


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