Ties to the Motherland – Ireland
It is said that ties of Heritage, Culture and Identity do not fade yet flourish in Foreign Lands when a person emigrates. I have found this to be true. We speak every day to clients across the World whose sense of their Irish Identity is fiercely strong, yet many have never stood on Irish soil. The abandoned homesteads of Ireland, which are plentiful, are a testament to those who have moved on. As Mother Nature fights to reclaim these old buildings, I still find that they are full of the personal trappings of those who have left them. It strikes me as terribly sad and lonely and I wonder if, generations later, families still gather around an old stove and talk about old times. This being a common practice in Ireland of old. How do so many third and fourth generation Irish know so much of their family history, does it come from stories passed from generation to generation or is it our good friend Google who reports all?
Does a person become more fiercely protective of their identity when they leave because their love of Mother Ireland grows due to distance? “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” as the saying goes …
What I do know, is that there is a hint of excitement in foreign accents when they call our helpdesk, they proudly announce where they are calling from and seem genuinely delighted to connect to an Irish landline, for many, this is their first real contact with Ireland. The ensuing excitement causes us to laugh and reach out towards them to offer them a Cead Míle Fáilte. For so many, it is a first real connection to the Ireland of lore and they are assured that their steps to claiming their heritage are leading in the right direction. Very soon, we will be sharing the personal journeys of our International Irish as they strive towards finally claiming their Citizenship. We work closely, build relationships and work hard to guide them to the documents which will help them meet their Irish dream. It is also said, “You never work a day in your life when you love the job you do”, this I have also found to be true!
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