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Caitriona Glynn (College Road, Galway City to Cardiff, Wales)

Caitriona Glynn (College Road, Galway City to Cardiff, Wales)

 Caitriona Glynn & Boyfriend James

Now living in Cardiff, this former Galway City girl believes that her Jesuit education inspired her sense of imagination, adventure and independence. Having met her Welsh boyfriend whilst travelling in New Zealand, she made the short, but momentous journey across the Irish sea to her new life in 2010.

Name: Caitriona Glynn

Now living in: Cardiff, Wales

From: Galway City

 

Now living in Cardiff, this former Galway City girl believes that her Jesuit education inspired her sense of imagination, adventure and independence. Having met her Welsh boyfriend whilst travelling in New Zealand, she made the short, but momentous journey across the Irish sea to her new life in 2010.

My family is an old College Road family and that is where I grew up along with my three brothers, including my twin.  I went to ‘The Jez’ at both primary and secondary level, and my education there has played a big part in my life. Everyone who attends ‘The Jez’ is really encouraged to take responsibility for their own lives. For example, you were not punished if you didn’t do your homework, but after a while you started to realise that you were falling behind and it was up to you, as an individual, to catch up. The ethos there is very warm but it also really promotes a sense of independence, as well as creativity and exploration. People sometimes say that Galway is the graveyard of ambition, but I think Galway people are actually real go-getters…  certainly the ‘Jez-heads’ that I know!

I think my earliest memory of Galway was the ‘Gulliver’, Macnas parade in the 1980s when I was only 4 or 5. As I grew up I volunteered with Macnas, which was a rite of passage for many young people in Galway. It was certainly hard not to soak up some of the creative energy that was in the air. I have fond memories of the spectacle of parades and street theatre that happened, particularly around the Arts Festival, but it was still only when I left Galway that I realised what a special place it is.

Having completed an arts degree in NUI, Galway, I spent some time working in ‘The Huntsman’ before heading to Dublin to work in the TV and Film industry. Although the work there was long and tough, I really enjoyed my time there and made some great friends with whom I’m still in touch with.  I got to work on some great projects including the film Once, which went on to win an Oscar. At the time of shooting, it didn’t feel so glamorous though as the small budget meant that amongst other things, the cast and crew all travelled to locations together in the same mini-bus to film in the cold of winter!

In 2008, I decided to scratch a travel itch I’d had for a while, so I made my way through Asia and on to New Zealand, where I met my Welsh boyfriend James. Returning to Ireland in 2009, we continued what we lovingly refer to as our ‘Ryanair relationship’ which consisted of us both flying back and over to meet each other as often as we could over the course of 12 months! We had made a decision that whoever got work in the other person’s country is where we would settle and in the summer of the 2011, having sent out hundreds of CVs to various schools in Cardiff, I got a call from a principal offering me a job. While I was definitely excited, the day that I made the ferry crossing with as much of my worldly possessions as I could fit into my Nissan Micra, I certainly had a moment where I had to stop, take stock and wonder whether I was doing the right thing.

Five years on, I know I made the right move. Life with James in Cardiff is good, I have a great circle of friends and I’ve undertaken a lot of training to advance my teaching career, which I love. I stay connected with what’s going on in Ireland through various news apps, though I get the gossip from round Galway directly from my mother! You can get most Irish foodstuffs in Tesco over here, although good Irish soda bread is something I miss. The Irish pub culture is another thing which just can’t be recreated anywhere else, but don’t tell my boyfriend that! I still get back to Galway regularly and we may at some stage make the move back here. Whatever the future holds, I will always consider Galway as home.