“We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there” - Frank Delaney
There is an undoubted rise in nationalism that’s not restricted to the USA or UK. It’s not uncommon to hear from a certain demographic that they feel that they are losing their sense of identity. They feel that it’s being diluted by globalism.
However, what comes to mind when we think about Irishness? My brother-in-law was born in a Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) in the west of Ireland. Is his sense of Irishness different from mine? Is mine different from someone raised in a traditional Protestant household in South County Dublin or Traveler Community. Is their sense of identity different from someone raised in a disadvantaged inner city area?
Or does our identity simply come from the fact that we all happen to have been born on this small Island?
In three years time (2022) the Republic of Ireland will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of the state. This project aims to document all aspects of life in contemporary Ireland, our landscape, places and people.
It simply asks the question…….who are we?