Sunday 20 August 2017

We Irish need to give our new neighbours the chance to make their case for inclusion

The people who come here, like our Irish diaspora, try to stay in touch with their culture and the land where they were born. We must respect that love of their native place and the culture, customs and religions of their first home (Stock picture)
The people who come here, like our Irish diaspora, try to stay in touch with their culture and the land where they were born. We must respect that love of their native place and the culture, customs and religions of their first home (Stock picture)
Billy Keane

Billy Keane

The emigrant told me of a Christmas night in New York when he was heartbroken for home. He was asked over for the traditional Christmas dinner by some friends and they had a lovely day.

The emigrant was heading off from Bainbridge Avenue in the Irish Bronx for upstate New York. He was lonely for home. It was the night of a full moon. Just like tonight.

The emigrant looked up at the glory of it all. And it was then it dawned on him that the very same moon was shining down in the place he loved best back home.

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