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Welcome to Academy Travel Indulge your passion for history, art, architecture and music on our small-group cultural tours. Expert tour leaders Maximum 20 in a group Carefully planned itineraries Tour Calendar. View Italy tours. View The Americas tours. View Asia tours. I wanted to learn why their Irish heritage was so important to them and what their views were on a country they had never been to; how their lives had been shaped by a religion, culture and education that had been handed down. In the course of these interviews I discovered that when Irish-Americans talk about identifying with the Irish they mean the Irish who came to settle in the United States and their descendants, not those of us living in Ireland.
Ireland itself, the country, is the abstract, romanticised receptacle of dreams and green fields, and the place that will soothe a lifelong ache. Rob Walsh lives in Medford, Massachusetts. Rob Anderson , who is 38, lives in Natick. He plays the bagpipes in two Celtic bands. Beverly McDonald lives in Quincy. The year-old listens to Irish Hit Parade on local radio every Saturday. Patty Sullivan , who is 56, and Kim Camillo , who is a year younger, are lifelong friends who grew up together in South Boston.
John Timmins , who is 55, lives in Milton. Bob Brooks , lives in Braintree. Brian Kelleher , who is 55, lives on Plum Island, north of the city. His paternal grandparents came from Galway. His maternal great-grandparents came from Bantry, in Co Cork. The Irish piece of me certainly shapes who I am. But Ireland is in my heart. My Irish identity is so important to me. Click to listen: Rob Anderson on the story of how relieved his great-grandmother was to get back on Boston soil after a trip to Ireland. Against all odds the Irish who came here have contributed so much to this country.
It seemed impossible that they would triumph and prosper, but they did. They thrived through hard, hard work and fierce determination. Patty Sullivan says she is Irish-American. I identify with the Irish. We had nothing when we were growing up but our pride in being Irish. I got that pride from my parents. The big thing for me growing up is that everyone called me one of the Black Irish.
It meant that I had the dark hair and the dark eyes and skin, I guess because of the Spanish influence on my ancestors. I was favoured because of that, and my hair was never cut as a child. Bob Brooks has a great-grandfather who came from Kerry.
I yearn to really meet true Irish folks, in Ireland. There is an ache in me to get over there. I get emotional when I think of stepping off that plane. Do they know that their great-great-grandson thinks about them? I just want to walk where they walked. I want to meet my past and connect the two worlds. We own everything now — the police and fire departments.
None of the Irish-Americans I know have any desire to go back.
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People go and visit, but they like it better here. She said that those who had to go got up and left Ireland. They are the people who made the Irish in America what they are today. We really make a big deal of it. We always wore green as kids. The pubs are open at 9am, for fried breakfasts with Guinness and live music. My grandmother boiled everything she cooked. Everything was boiled in the one pot. The day was not a focal point for us. I think if you grew up in South Boston it was a different kind of day, people wearing their heritage on their sleeves.
They were rich and had all the money and land, and Catholics were poor. I thought the war was about land, that the Protestants in Northern Ireland had taken over the rightful land of the Catholics. In Boston we thought Protestants were devils. I think that today Northern Ireland is ruled by England, and the south part of Ireland is ruled by Catholics.
There was a tin on the counter of our local pizza place that collected money for Noraid. There were a lot of them around. The violence was senseless killing. Are they making a lot of money out of Northern Ireland? I thought it was a religious war and that the Protestants and the Catholics hated each other. I think that Northern Ireland is on its own now, and the Republic is on its own. I suppose it was really about the animosity between the Irish and the British. Is it governed by a coalition and absorbed into the Republic?
The British influence is gone, right? I think Northern Ireland is now part of the Republic, and Britain is gone forever. Some kind of violent division, but the rest of Ireland was green and cool and calm. I think today probably a good chunk of people in Northern Ireland see themselves as British and if given the option would side with the British. At the end of the day abortion is an important health issue. If you cut if off wholesale, like in Ireland, then you must have people doing risky things with coat hangers.
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People in Ireland should have the opportunity to vote about abortion in a referendum. I was shocked when I found out that my grandmother was a Protestant. I went away from Catholicism for years, but I have gone back to it now. I go to Mass on Sundays.
I pray every morning and night on my knees. That surprises me, because I think of Ireland as modern and with it. I think of Irish people as very hard working and smart. To me they are not aspiring to be farmers any more, so it seems so old fashioned that there is no abortion. My personal view would be to get the debate on the table, because it was to be legal to keep women safe.
People probably use the rhythm method. Click to listen: Brian Kelleher on the Troubles. There might be a bit of rebellion going on with the younger people against their faith and the status quo, but I think young people still go to Mass on a regular basis. I imagine at noon that the angelus bells ring and everyone stops to say the angelus together. Are there a lot of guys making the decisions about what happens in Ireland?
If there are I guess that must have something to do with it. I pray on my knees every night and give thanks for my day. I think Ireland is still a very Catholic country. I think Ireland is more rural than urban and that there are quaint cottages and rolling countryside. What do they think of us? You might have made us stronger, but you left.