|A minute in Mexico||| Print ||
|Thursday, 21 August 2008|
Paul Kenny originally moved to Mexico to set
up a manufacturing facility, but now that he's built a life there with
his fiancee, he says 'there's no turning back".
Where are you from?
Kilconnell, a great little village in East Galway.
When did you leave?
I have come and gone for 8 years - spent 2 years living in Denver, CO, and about 4 in Mexico, with a couple of years in-between in Ireland.
What brought you to Mexico?
Originally to work on starting up a new manufacturing facility in Guadalajara for a US company, but now because of my fiancee and our life together here. We are getting married in March so there is no turning back now.
What do you do there?
I manage a small manufacturing company, supplying the electronics industry.
What do you miss most about Ireland?
I had this conversation over the weekend with a friend from Tipperary living in Mexico City and concluded that I miss family the most, and the food from time to time, but also going to hurling and rugby matches and to the horse races.
What do you like most about Mexico?
The people, the weather, and the culture - especially the focus on family, friends, and celebration. Also, people here have a tremendous ability to overcome challenge and hardship.
What do you do on a typical night out?
A good restaurant with friends, enjoying some good food and wine. There are quite a few restaurants in the city and you can eat outside almost the whole year round, so it is great to sit back and relax over a nice bottle of wine and enjoy the benefits of the climate.
Is there a strong Irish community near you?
I spent 2 years without meeting an Irish person, however, I went to the St Patrick's celebration in Mexico City last year and met up with quite a few who are living there, since then I have met 2 more here in Guadalajara. One of those is from Galway and we get together regularly which is great.
What differences between Ireland and Mexico do you find most striking?
The class structure here: it is apparent in all aspects of life, going out, at work, education, housing, everything. It is very disconcerting sometimes as Irish people tend to treat everyone the same and it is difficult when you see real discrimination in action in daily life.
How do you stay in touch with home?
Mostly by phone, but also more and more by email. The weekly calls are the main communication and it is great to receive calls now and then from friends and family alike.
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