In the 1950s, half a million people emigrated from Ireland, levels not seen since the Great Famine of the 1840s. Among them were my newly married parents, Noel and Una. Like many young people at the time, they could not find work at home and they were left with little choice but to leave. They left behind a rural life in the West of Ireland, crossed the Irish Sea and arrived in London where they imagined the streets were made of money. My father got the start from his brother-in-law and soon he was working on the roads. My mother found work in a factory until the first child came along and the decision was made to stay at home and rear the family.
In Mid-Ocean is an exploration of this family archive bringing together the images, letters, and anecdotes from a 1950s migrant.