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Try Independent Premium free for 1 month See the options. Shape Created with Sketch. An immigrant's tale: Leaving Britain to escape Brexit hostility Show all A few months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Maria was told her to go back to her native Romania whilst in hospital by an elderly English woman. The couple are preparing to leave Britain later this year with their two children, fed up with what Maria says is xenophobia and the rising cost of living in London. Elena holds up British passports belonging to her and her sister. Both children have dual citizenship, but their parents do not want to apply for this despite having permanent residency in Britain.

Maria had never faced direct abuse over her nationality in her 10 years in the country until that moment at the hospital. Adi's sister, Nicoleta, 34, carries her niece Elena in a restaurant after a trip out.

Berwyn, a neighbour of the couple, who moved to the UK in the s from Australia, says goodbye to Maria after a visit at her home. Berwyn has dual citizenship - Australian and Irish as she lived in Ireland for a few years before moving to Britain. She calls the family her 'dearest Christian Romanian friends'. Religious pictures including a portrait of Arsenie Boca, a Romanian Orthodox monk, theologian and artist top , hang on the wall at the home of Adi and Maria. Adi works with his colleague Alexandru, who is also from Romania, for a removal company.

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Try for free Already registered? Log in. Flag comment Cancel. Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Cancel Delete comment. A building does not stay strong without a good foundation. My Irish heritage is my strong foundation. My children were raised with their Irish heritage. I have seen them grow, I am now seeing their children grow with the same beliefs. Listening to Gaelic helps me feel more connected to Ireland even though I cannot speak or understand the words.

History,recipes, poems, true stories about the people and land. One of my favorite Irish sayings goes like this …. They all died on the ship. Our ancestors endured so much, yet still tried to see the silver linings. They played music, told stories and kept those stories alive for generations. Dad seemed to perfectly understand that anything that was good came from God.


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From that, my life has blossomed into an embracing of the plan God has for each of us and all those of good will. The Irish survived and preserved their culture and heritage because of their deep faith in God who saw them through and gave the Irish the gifts that make them who they are. So singing along to folk songs, voting, speaking up for others, walking in Ireland, wearing an Aran sweater, telling stories from Irish mythology, learning to speak and read a little Irish Gaelic, eating colcannon, drinking tea—all these give me a feeling of warmth—like a caress across the years.

I am proud of my Irish Heritage. It helps define who I am. And so with this blog post, I dedicate our Irish American Mom Community to the memory of our ancestors, and to the Irish legacy they bequeathed us. With your help we can preserve knowledge of their customs and traditions and we can give life to the heritage and culture they passed on to us. We should not and shall not ever forget them.

Many thanks to everyone whose contributions made this blog post possible. If you would like me to add your name under your quotation just send me an email or a comment below. Hi Sheila — Thanks so much for stopping by to check out all the reasons why our Irish American community treasure their Irish heritage. It is because of how I grew up. Why I Love Ireland This is an excellent question and it is something that must be ingrained in the child, by the parents. I was hoping, the next day, the nun would say something about the article, and I was ready to tell her she was wrong, even if I had to stay after school.

She did not bring up the article again, and thank God, I did not have to stay after school. The important point was I was ready to stay after school for Ireland.

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That is the only thing I disagreed with her on. Irishness comes from the heart and soul. It is an undying love for Mother Ireland, that only can be instilled by proud Irish parents. I have been to 18 of the 32 counties and my brother had more opportunity to be in Ireland, and he went to about 28 counties. We both loved it. I went back twice. So, to answer the question about why I love Ireland, it was instilled in my heart and soul, by wonderful, proud, Irish parents.

My dad came here just before the Great Depression. There was no work. God Bless the Irish, and we have so many reasons to love Ireland. It is ingrained in many of us…….

Hi Ray — I really enjoyed reading your response and learning about your deep pride in your Irish heritage. You highlight Irish pride, tenacity and love of education so beautifully. I do not agree with your former girlfriend about not calling yourself Irish. I believe that those of us who were born in Ireland should accept the great honor it is that others show pride in their Irish heritage by recognizing themselves as Irish. I am always blown away by how many Irish Americans are keenly interested in their cultural heritage and many know more about Irish history than those born in Ireland.

Many thanks for stopping by and adding to our discussion of our Irishness. I wish you and your wonderful family the very best in life. It means the world to us…. Ray — Thanks so much for your kind words.