Monday, March 16, 2009

...Ireland OP-EDucating myself...

On the Eve of Saint Padriac's Day it was with some trepidation that I read the New York Times article today about the recent shooting of a Police Officer and two Soldiers in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood of Lurgan, about 25 miles southwest of Belfast. ("the groups that claim to have carried out the killings — the Real I.R.A. in the soldiers’ case and the Continuity I.R.A. in the police officer’s —[are described as:] “small, marginalized, disenfranchised and well-infiltrated groups.)

I was however heartened by the courageous statement from Martian McGuinness (once a senior commander in the I.R.A.) and then I also read the Op-Ed article Ireland's Tough Peace.

(YEAH!) ...Are the Troubles coming back “No, no they’re not.”


I was almost ready to Jump for Joy when I read in the article "Irish Premier's U.S. Trip Has Dark Tone" that Prime Minister Brian Cowen of Ireland said he might ease naturalization by allowing Americans whose nearest Irish ancestor is a great-grandparent to qualify for citizenship.

Then I realized that the one chance I had was also one Great too many... :(

I may do the legwork and paperwork for my Mom if it ever happens though!!! ;)


Expecting Bad News, getting Good News!

Makes Padriac's Day HAPPY!


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