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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: December 2019

9 - Visitors from America: Motives


The same data are used to classify the stated objects of those seeking to travel outside the United States, who were overwhelmingly bound for Ireland. The great majority wished to visit relatives, particularly mothers, allowing analysis of the age of specified parents using Irish census returns. The second overlapping motive was the need to attend to property at home, an object often indistinguishable from the wish to visit relatives. Very few Leitrimonians were applying solely as business travellers or tourists.