I arrived in Auckland on July 29th 1988. I was 21 years old and I had $900.00 in my pocket.
This was to be the biggest adventure of my life.
It was pouring with rain when I arrived in Auckland, it was around 14 degrees and the locals said it was winter. I said to myself “winter ha, this is an Irish Summer.”
I had an uncle here so at least I had an advantage in Auckland. I stayed in a B&B on Ponsonby Road and I started looking for work.
Finding work in 1988 was easy. The job section of the Herald News Paper was huge then. I got my first job really quickly. I worked on Great North Road, Grey Lynn.
In my first 2 weeks in Auckland I met the person who was to be like family to me. She brought me to the Irish Club and introduced me to people from all over Ireland. She also took me to the GAA and at that time there was only 4 teams. It was amazing it felt like I had not left home at all.
In later years I was to be a part of the GAA and help with the organising and administrative side for the Australasian Games. I have now been in Auckland for 29 years and I could not imagine being anywhere else in the world.