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Australia and Me: Janet Bennis

August 12, 2015 • Local, Queensland,

Jannet Bennis with husband Eugene.

Jannet Bennis with husband Eugene.

Where are you from in Ireland?
Limerick.

How long have you been in Australia?
Since February 2015.

What brought you here?
Our four adult children emigrated to Australia over the past 12 years. We now have four beautiful grand-daughters, who are our whole reason for coming here.

Describe your career path.
Have been in catering since I was 13 and I am now 54. I was a manager in a cafe in the University of Limerick before we came to Australia, a job I truly loved. I was also a volunteer for Pieta House in Ireland for six years, a cause very close to my heart. I was honoured to be asked to join the organisers here in Brisbane for the first of hopefully many Darkness Into Light walks for all those that didn’t get to make it out of their darkness and into the light, and for them I will keep the light going. Next year I hope to have nabbed a celebrity to start our walk here in Brisbane. I have already emailed a few. I haven’t had any replies, mind you, but I still live in hope.

Best things about living in Australia?
Being with our kids and grand-daughters. Can’t remember the last time I wore jeans and closed shoes … the sun is always shining in Brisbane.

Worst things about living in Australia?
You can’t go anywhere without going on a highway. My daughter lives six minutes away from my son, but we still have to go on highway. And, for most of us, we are very far from family in Ireland, but I just say to myself, “It’s only a flight home.” I try not to think of the distance. Mozzies are definitely the worst thing about Australia.

What, if anything, do you miss about Ireland?
I miss everything from home. Because we are in our 50s, it’s been a huge change for us in every way. But most of all I miss my family in Ireland and Liverpool. We did a bucket list six months before we left and went to all the places we said we’d go to sometime. Every weekend we took off; it was great fun, and memories I can open up in my head always.

Have you ever considered moving back to Ireland?
There is no going back for us. There aren’t as many years ahead of us as behind us, and that’s the reality. I wish we had made this move when our first grand-daughter Saoirse was born five years ago.

How come?
This is where our kids have made their lives and now have families. Australia is one of the best places in the world for children, and I count my blessings every day that we can be part of their lives.

Alexia, Saoirse, Isabelle and Teegan

Alexia, Saoirse, Isabelle and Teegan

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