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Choosing to emigrate was not an easy decision. In a culture in which family and community ties were so strong, the decision to leave it all behind was heart-wrenching. Emigrants knew that they would probably never see their loved ones again. Friends and family often held mock wakes for emigrants on the night before their departure, symbolic of the permanent separation that was coming between them. –101 Things You Didn’t Know about Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle by Ryan Hackney and Amy Hackney Blackwell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who decides to leave their home and culture to go to a new place.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the immigrants that come into your country?

Art Prompt: Emigrate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about a wave of emigrants – historical or current.

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