Second Generation

I am only second generation Canadian Irish, my Grandfar was born in Derry, N.I.  My Great Grandfar was a Dublin man.  To this end I jest that I have a "splut personality" due to a border running down the middle of it.

I've always been proud of my Irish roots, and am the only member of my family that even knows a smattering of Gaeliage that I have taught myself.

Most of my books are Irish history and the works of Irish writers.

In fact I met my husband over a book of stories by Irish authors such as Joyce and Shaw and Wilde.

During the time of the Good Friday Accord negotiations in Northern Ireland I wrote letters to all of the major parties and let them know my stand and wishes on various elements of the accord and my political views.  To my surprise the SDLP and Sinn Fein wrote back to me and the letters were well recieved.

Thanks to the internet I have been able to listen to radio from both north and south, and read the papers out of Dublin and Belfast.  Thank God for the internet!

I have also treasured the RTE news feeds that I have been able to view.

A few years ago I was able to treat my mum to Riverdance when it came my way and was able to educate her on her heritage, from the Druids to modern Ireland.  That was a thrill for me!  Just don't ask how long I waited in line for the tickets............

I have yet to visit Ireland but it is my earnest hope and desire to do so as soon as possible!

As far as I am concerned our culture is perhaps the most colorful and our legends more creative than any I have heard.

Hell, everyone wants to be Irish on St Paddy's;)

 

Seanachai Seanachai
36-40, F
1 Response Feb 9, 2009

maith an calin. Nuair a deireann an seanfhocal Tuas maith is leath a hoibre cling to your ambitions and cherish your roots