The Luck of the Irish

Outside the Irish Embassy, August 2018

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.

Dual national

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.

6 thoughts on “The Luck of the Irish

  1. My 3rd great Grandfather Thomas Dunn left Ireland and came here to the U.S. in 1848 to escape the famine. He started a farm in Vermont. By doing this he made it possible for my family to exist today. Funny how history shapes all of us today.

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    1. My maternal great great grandparents left Ireland some time in the early 1870s, presumably for the same reasons, but only got as far as England’s North West. I read recently that the present day Irish diaspora numbers some 100 million people worldwide. That would be quite a family gathering!

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