Are you a member of the Irish Diaspora? When the people of a nation are dispersed and settle elsewhere, their descendants often keep a memory of their ancestral homeland. In this letter we will discuss how the diaspora of Ireland went to the four corners of the globe, but never lost their Irish identity.
Céad Míle Fáilte – and I hope you are keeping well on what is a lovely morning here in County Cork. I’m having a cup of Lyons tea this morning – and I do hope you’ll have a cup of whatever you enjoy and join me for this morning’s letter.
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Don’t you just love that word – “Diaspora”? Apparently, it comes from the Greek word for “scattering”. The reason I bring this up today is because Ireland appointed it’s first “Minister for the Diaspora” – Jimmy Deenihan.
I first remember the word being used in the context of an “Irish Diaspora” when President Mary Robinson used to light a candle of welcome each night in all the windows of the presidential residence. A symbol of guidance and welcome for people of Irish descent spread throughout the world.
Now there are about 80 million people around the world who claim significant Irish descent. Quite amazing for such a small country as ours!
The following is a rough breakdown of where we find our Irish today:
So, if you were passing on advice to our new Minister for the Diaspora – Jimmy Deenihan – what would you say? What questions would you have for him?
In the meantime, thank you so much much for being a part of the Letter from Ireland community – I think we have become a living example of just how people of Irish descent around the world can connect together.
As always, do leave a comment or question below.
That’s it for now!
Slán, Mike… talk next week!
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