Just Saying by Dave Tynan

This video came my way the other day. It’s a stark reminder of what happens to those of us Irish people who are dealing with emigration, one the social issues among young people in Ireland leading into 2013 (for example, I have four brothers and of the five of us only two live in Ireland). It is safe to say it really sunk in here at If I Had Minute to Spare towers. I’m not the only one – a friend back in Ireland posted on Facebook that this video actually made her cry. I wasn’t far behind her.

As well as the film’s obvious message, there is wonderful night portrait of Dublin city with so many landmarks I’ve seen countless times – including the Why Go Bald sign. Some of these are obvious, while others are more subtle and require some amount of a trained eye.

More about me and this video:

In my own case, most of my friends are still back in Ireland. So whenever I hear back from them or if I’m lucky enough to visit, I feel like I never hear the full story. It’s like I walked into a room in the middle of a joke or argument and everything just stops and brave face is put on until I leave the room again. I’m not sure if it’s a defence mechanism or a mind your own business one. I suppose we’re all strangers to a certain extent now. It’s a shite state of affairs really. This is one dominant feeling which emerged after watching the film. There were more but they’re too personal and too bloody nostalgic, and there’s enough poxy nostalgia over Christmas as there is.

I’d move back to Ireland in a heartbeat – not to change this but to change me – and this video sums up a lot about how I feel about Ireland, and especially Dublin, and how I feel about he limbo of not being and almost being there.

I can say more about this but its not appropriate now. Let this film attempt some class of an explanation.

But then again, it is Christmas and maybe im just a little mopy and homesick.


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5 thoughts on “Just Saying by Dave Tynan

  1. Chin up O’Reilly – must be difficult and as you said at christmas these things bite that little harder. I have a sister in law living in Korea and she misses the christmas celebrations that are not so visible there. Fantastic experince to be there also. All the best lad. ps enjoying your blog Fiachra


    • Ah it’s not that bad – as I said I’m being mopy! As for the “experience”, its not, because after seven years here its life (but not a life sentence). All is well though.

      What’s your sister-in-law doing here?

      As for yourself, I hope you’re keeping well!?!


  2. Hypocrite!!! If I remember rightly, neither you nor your emigrant brothers could wait to get out of the kip=and that was in the good times. I have my own views on why all 3 of you left ( and why the other two wouldn’t). I don’t want to speculate on a public medium but you’re starting to sound like a whingeing member of the party supported by your mothers family. YOU and the other pair wanted out. I never disagreed emphatically with that position, but don’t be doing the poor mouth.


    • You’re right in that I couldn’t wait to get out, but then again that was almost nine years ago now. People change. And when I left originally it had little to do with the economy. When we left in 2010 it was. Regardless, I think I’m a better person because I did leave. For what it’s worth, both of us would love to go back for a number of reasons – there’s very little holding us here save the security of a job. Allow me embellish my story a bit by including the mis/fortune of my brothers – they left for their own reasons. Anyway, as I said, I am mopy. It’s Christmas and I’d rather be at home rather than here doing the recycling on Christmas morning and eating undercooked chicken and potatoes and maybe changing nappies all day got to me a little.


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