Newry’s Lost Generation, with Maria Keenan

Posted by
Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Maria left Newry and moved to Australia

Name: Maria Keenan Age: 28 Education/experience: I went to university for four years at Jordanstown where I studied a degree in Business Studies. In between I went and worked for Aer Lingus in NYC and J.F.K airport for a year and half as part of my degree. I loved every minute of it! What part of Newry & Mourne are you originally from? I’m from The Manse, Newry. When did you leave Newry? I left Newry in 2003 for New York City. I came back in 2005 for one year to finish university and get my degree then came to Australia in 2006. So I haven’t really lived at home since 2003. Why did you leave Newry? I wanted to travel the world and make new friends, experience different countries and cultures etc. I love travelling, it’s such an amazing experience and everyone needs to do it at some stage in their life. Who did you go to Australia with? Initially I went with friends. What are you doing now in Australia? I am living in Australia now five and half years and I love it. I went to Thailand for one month initially to travel then Singapore. When I arrived in Sydney, Australia I worked for six months then travelled all over the country. I now work as a manager in an Estate Agents in Sydney this past four years and thankfully they have sponsored my visa. I am going for my residency visa now. Are you enjoying life away from Newry? Yes I am but I do miss all my family and friends so much. Especially all my mates who are getting married back home and I can’t make it to their wedding. This will be my sixth Christmas spent in Australia and I have not seen snow in god knows how long. I would love to go home for it.
Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in