Several months ago the Generation Emigration blog at The Irish Times ran a competition on Ireland and Me, asking readers overseas to relate what the old country means to them. There were more than 120 contributions.
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, The Irish Times has now published an eBook with a selection of the entries.
And it so happens one of those entries is mine … just … you know … FYI.
Reading the submissions together gives a complex overview of what it means to be Irish, what it means to be an emigrant, and what it means to love – and often resent – the country in which you were born but no longer live.
One writer had only lived abroad for two months, while another has been gone 57 years. But for most who wrote in, no matter how long they’ve been away, Ireland will forever be the place they consider “home”, even if it’s no longer their only one.
Ciara Kenny, The Irish Times
My contribution is mostly me blathering on about tea.
The eBook costs $5.00 and is available for download here.