Posts in Ireland
My Family & Brooklyn: The Book, The Movie, The Borough

In 2009, when Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn was released, copies of it quickly circulated throughout my family. Everyone was talking about it. The quiet, powerful story of a young woman leaving her small Irish hometown for an unknown home in America was so eerily similar to the story of our own Rory (my grandmother). 

In the book (and in the movie, superbly adapted by Nick Hornby), the main character, Eilis Lacey leaves her mother, sister Rose, and precious little opportunity behind in Enniscorthy to make a new home in Brooklyn in the early 50s. 

This story was inspired by my grandmother - Rosanna "Rory" Walsh.

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Joe's Car Guide: Five Cars To Buy In Europe That You (mostly) Can't Buy In The United States

Due to rigorous United States motor safety regulations, it's not possible to import a car to the US until it is 25 years old (barring a few exceptions). One of the most fun and exciting parts of moving to Europe for Joe has been all the cars that are available to us in Ireland that haven't been available in the United States.

It turns out that new cars are pretty damn expensive in Ireland. So, we've been focusing on used. We have two options, as Joe sees it: 

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Becoming an Irish Citizen: Part I

There are a lot of steps to becoming an Irish citizen!

I'm hoping to get all the paperwork done before we go. But I've been told it can be quite the process, including numerous trips to the embassy, and arbirtrary document requests. 

I am eligible for citizenship through a grandparent. There are a few ways to be entitled to citizenship through descent, and the Irish government provides this handy dandy chart to see if you qualify:

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