Like many people who grew up in England’s North West, I have Irish ancestry on both branches of my family tree. North and South of the border. Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland. Migration to England in both the 19th and the 20th Centuries.
It’s something that I’ve been aware of, but never actively considered.
And then came the Referendum in June 2016 … and conversations about emigration began. In the end, I chose the middle way and applied for citizenship of Ireland. I qualified because my maternal grandfather was born on the island of Ireland.
The process was simple but long. I handed in my application to the receptionist in the Irish Embassy on 10 August 2018.
I was granted citizenship in July of this year.
I received my passport in early October.
I’m grateful to the Irish for giving me another home and for all the opportunities that that home can offer me and my family.