Irish In America
Trip Start Aug 31, 2011
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But today the class did some reverse traveling - we brought Ireland into America. Jim brought in biscuits popular in Ireland, because, as he joked, "When they aren't wasted the Irish love tea and biscuits." As we ate our Fox's and Custard Creams he showed us a video by a band from his home county of Cork - "Where's Me Jumper?" by The Sultans of Ping FC. (Favorite line: "It's all right to say things will only get better - you haven't lost your brand new sweater.")
We tried to get Jim to speak in his real Irish accent and speak real Irish words, but instead he imitated the Tinkers, or Traveling Irish, a group of people that he lived near when growing up in Ireland
This class has slowly made me more and more proud to be Irish, and also more and more sad that I didn't grow up there. Now I'm disappointed not to have grown up there from a writer's perspective, because I feel I would have a more accurate grasp of language.
However, it was a great end to this class =)
As a side note, I highly recommend Star of the Sea this book to everyone. It's by the Irish man Joseph O'Conner, brother to Sinead O'Conner. Though it was published in 2002, and it's the first modern book I've seen where you can analyze it. There's so much to it, things you usually only find in what we consider classics. Even if you don't analyze it, it's a great story just to read.