Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I’m originally from Cork in Ireland, but now live in Orlando where my husband Tom, a fellow Corkonian, and I raise our three young Americans.
Until recently I was a full-time teacher, studying for a Master’s Degree in Education. This, according to Forbes Magazine, is the fourth most useless graduate degree a person could possibly earn, but it kept me stressed and exhausted and gratified my martyr complex. Today, I am assistant principal at a Montessori Charter School in Central Florida.
I feel very lucky to be living in America and to have been born and raised in Cork. I appreciate the good weather and opportunity given to me by my Floridian life. I feel that Cork comes with me where ever I go; it is so much more than just a geographical location – it’s a way of being.
I plan to collect some stories here about my early (rather interesting) years in Cork, as well as how being a Corkonian affects the way I navigate my American life and the annoying business of not being young any more. My first entry, Leaving Cork was published as a letter in The Irish Examiner, and also picked up to be published by The Irish Times. Since then the Irish Times has sweetly run a few more bits and pieces of mine, as has the Orlando Sentinel. Heady stuff for a novice.
I hope you enjoy the content here. Please be sure to like any post that you do enjoy and feel free to share it or leave me a comment. I’m new to this and appreciate your advice. I’d especially love for you to FOLLOW ME ! I do so want to be a writer when I grow up.
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Hi Cathy, I eventually found the introduction. It has been a hard few weeks for you , sorry I missed you but had treatment last Thursday. Tonight the UCC Cancer society is holding a ceremony of rememberance for those who lost their battle and I am priviledged to be in one of the choirs participating tonight hence the practice on Wednesday. I will be thinking of Rita and all the friends I made and lost since my diagnosis through this illness. Wishing you all well
Thanks so much, Joan.
Loved your ‘Leaving Cork” and share all your sentiments.
Mary, Cape Town
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Well, I really enjoyed reading ” Leaving Cork” ,I could still see my Fathers face and the faces of my brothers and dear friends , while I was standing at the back of the boat ( The Innishfallen ) waving goodby
to go to America via England ( Gatwick to New York ) in 1979. All I could think of was to dive of the boat and tell everybody it was a big joke on everyone. I ended up in my cabin and had a good old cry, and that was that. But I will say this to you, I might have left Cork, but Cork has never left me.
Michael Mc Auliffe
The Island Of Saba
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The life of an Irish person abroad is indeed a strange one. I left for London in 1990, and for the first 15-20 years I never really gave my ‘Irishness’ very much thought. I missed my family and friends, but would pop back once or twice a year, and all was good. I met and married a lovely man, settled in Bristol and had 3 great kids. I was too busy with my job and the children and the lovely new friends I had made to give the land of my birth much consideration. Then, 10 years ago soon after the birth of my 3rd child, my mother died, and 2 years ago my Father also passed away. A strange disquiet has subsequently descended upon me and I find myself in middle age becoming increasingly nostalgic and homesick!! I listen to Irish radio, watch the Late Late show religiously on rte player, and find myself making more frequent visits ‘home’.
I am a happy person by nature, and I am very grateful for my life here, and for my wonderful family and friends, but somehow being Irish has become a much bigger deal for me than I ever imagined it would.
So it was lovely to read your piece, and think ‘it’s not just me then….’ And I shall look forward to reading more!
To sound very American, thanks for sharing Meibh. There really is something about Ireland that is in the soul. At least you don’t have to travel too far to get there.