The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘I WAS em­bark­ing on a jour­ney of re­demp­tion. I had a feel­ing that if I trav­elled back through the arch­ways of his­tory, I might find in my Ir­ish an­ces­tors some re­flec­tion of my lost self, some thread I could carry into the fu­ture. Ire­land was the best of both worlds: com­pletely for­eign and new to me, but also deeply em­bed­ded in my DNA. I be­lieved that, on the Emer­ald Isle, I could tap into some­thing pri­mal, mys­te­ri­ous and true . . . I moved through the throngs at Shan­non Air­port to the bag­gage-claim carousel, smil­ing at re­assem­bled fam­i­lies and re­united lovers. As I waited, my ears rang with the sound of the na­tive tongue. I tried to eaves­drop . . . but I wasn’t ac­cus­tomed to the mu­si­cal lilt of their voices and the speed with which they spoke.’

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