I like the Ethiopians so I will forgive them for being a bit woolly on the details about Ireland. But one subject where their knowledge cannot be excelled is football. They are ALL about the premier league and what they don’t know about Robbie Keane, Roy Keane, Damien Duff et al isn’t worth knowing- even that infamous Thierry Henri handball!
As you can imagine, I am something of a curiosity around here and people are terribly interested in who I am, why I am here and where I come from. Next year at work in honour of St. Patrick’s Day I have big plans to do a “Seachtain na hÉireann” with Irish films, poetry, song, photographs, art, sport etc for a bit of diversion around the University campus which is otherwise a little glum. But this year seeing as I am just fresh off the boat, I am not prepared and so I’ll have to settle for a celebratory coffee with friends today and wearing the Patrick’s Day badge that my good friends in No. 7 New Tobaraheena gave me before I left home.
I traced this little map of Éire from my diary and stuck it up on the wall in my workplace to give me something beautiful to look at during the day. Apart from over-estimating the size of some of the lakes and unwittingly (though perhaps wisely) almost omitting Limerick city, I think I’ve done a pretty good job 🙂
“Pleasures and palaces wheresoever I roam,
However humble, there’s no place like home.”
Happy St. Patrick’s day to all my friends and family all over the world!
Lots of love from an Irish woman in Ethiopia X