Showing posts from October, 2014

Where Am I From? Its Complicated.

Its true, I don't like to be asked personal questions by total strangers.  Scratch that.  I don't mind if total strangers ask me personal questions nicely.  What annoys me and what I've come to detest is when strangers or acquaintances demand to know the personal details of my life that are none of their business.

There are particular times when people are much more interested in our lives than they should be.  When you have a small baby and people approach you to offer unsolicited advice (no, I don't need to dress my baby in pink just because she's a girl).  When you get married and people start asking when are you going to have kids (you're that interested in the workings of my uterus?).  Being an immigrant is one of those life situations in which people presume they can ask you (inappropriate!) personal questions.

"Why do you want to live here?" I dunno, why do you want to live in your house?

"Don't you miss home?" Um...this is my h…

The Annals of Nenagh

The below is an essay on a 17th century manuscript I studied while researching my post-grad thesis at Trinity College Dublin.

      The Annals of Nenagh originated at the Franciscan Friary in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.   Copies of sections of the original document have survived throughout the ages, and it was from these that my document was taken.    While the original document(s) of the Annals of Nenagh have not been recovered, these copies of parts of the original manuscripts survive in the British Museum and Trinity College, Dublin.  One section of the document I received can be found in the Manuscripts department at Trinity College Dublin, in a collection of Ussher’s manuscripts dating from the seventeenth century.  
     The manuscript at Trinity College Dublin is now catalogued by Abbott as 578, was previously catalogued by Lyon as E.3.10, was catalogued before this by Bernard as 193,336, and 421, prior to this catalogued as I.113., I. 112…

Carpe Pecunia: Everybody Hates New Taxes

If you live in Ireland you are extremely aware that we've recently had a property tax come in and are about to be taxed for water consumption.  Both of these taxes are new and have upset great swathes of the population.

I guess hailing from America, where I've always accepted and been prepared to pay property and water taxes, they don't upset me as much (I'm also one of the few people I know who likes paying taxes).  But whatever way you look at it, generally people do not like new taxes.  The Boston Tea party and birth of the United States springs to mind although now, if you live in the US, you will probably pay more varied taxes than in Ireland (income, sales, water,sewer, garbage,  even a 'flush' tax! (in Maryland) etc with no universal health care and third level education rates at least $10,000 per year per child).

We humans have a long history of trying to avoid taxes, or at least minimise our exposure.  A quick jaunt through Dublin's city centre …