“Morning Sun” by Edward Hopper, oil on canvas, 28 1/8 x 40 1/8″, 1952.

Every year since I moved away for college in Dublin, Christmas has been bookended by my own or my friends’ comings and goings. As an adolescent, emigration had been something I understood only conceptually — something I learned about in school, read about in the papers, heard about from a neighbour whose daughter was in Australia. This changed when I got to university in 2013, where it felt like the experience of being an Irish young adult necessarily entailed the thwarting of friendships by exciting opportunities further afield. Many classmates left for Erasmus and study abroad in third year. My…

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