My name is Colleen (From the Irish cailin meaning “girl” and used by the Irish in the USA and Australia as a way of connecting to their Irish roots), and yes, I come from Irish people. Specifically, my dad’s parents were both Irish immigrants. They married after moving to Boston. My mom’s mom was an Irish immigrant and my mom’s dad was the son of Irish immigrants. My last name is very Irish, along with my mother’s maiden name. Below is a photo of the home where my grandfather grew up in Ireland.
My uncle who died this year was your all around Boston, Irish Cop – and proud of it! He visited us in Kansas (many years ago) and prepared corned beef and cabbage during his visit. I’m so lucky that I learned from him. We fixed a great dinner tonight and had great memories of my uncle while putting our “boiled” dinner together. It was fun and dinner was delicious.
This afternoon, I left work early to visit dad in the nursing home and listen to the “Irish Music” being performed in the living area at the nursing home. We had a great time singing along even if the performer’s idea of Irish Music left a whole lot to be desired. (Songs 3,4 & 5 were Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Willie Nelson.) It was pretty bad but dad enjoyed the music.
and all who are Irish on this day only!