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It’s a six minute buy canada goose jacket walk to the train station where he gets the train to Heuston, which takes about 35 minutes. Then he either uses Dublin Bikes or the LUAS to get to the office. All in all, it’s an hour door to door.

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Sandra is originally from Bogota in Colombia but was adopted to Italian parents and grew up in Milan. While she is very much culturally Italian, she wanted her children to have a clear identity and fostering their sense of Irishness was her main reason for moving to Ireland.

«It was important for us to give our children a good sense of being Irish, to connect with their culture,» says Sandra.

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Growing up in Rathfarnham, Hugo remembers an area that was on the edge of the city, right before the Dublin Mountains started to rise. To him, Sallins has the same feeling.

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