“I want my children to have dual nationality; I want us to be able to travel as a family, to Yorkshire, where I grew up, and back here to Latvia - where they were born - without any problems.”Read More
Giles Brodie. Utrecht, Netherlands.
”Dad’s told me I should get a Dutch passport: I’ve never thought about it before. I’ve never needed to. I’ve been everywhere in Europe on a UK passport. That’s going to disappear.”
Selena and Frank, Koblenz.
”For ages I was asking this man in Dover for a coffee, and he was just staring at me, blankly. Frank pointed out that I was asking for coffee in German. I hadn’t realised. It happens a fair bit.”
“My father always tells the same jokes. Bratislava is right on the border between Slovakia - Czechoslovakia as it was then - and Austria. Back in the communist days, every time we passed the road to Vienna from Bratislava, he would point and say “That’s the road to freedom”.
Everyone who grew up in The West takes for granted something that we dreamed of and fought for.
“We will all be worse off without you. Of course. Nobody here wants you to go.”Read More
"I don't feel English anymore. I haven't lived there in such a long time, so when I go 'home' it doesn't feel like home. Everything's changed. But I don't feel I belong anywhere. Maybe nationality is not the best way to describe identity? I'm a dancer - dancing is where I feel I belong."Read More
Ann Mulrooney - CEO, Visual Carlow.
Nobody in Ireland wants the UK to leave the EU, it will hurt everyone, but the Irish won’t let that stop them having a good relationship with the remaining 26 countries. Talent will still come from all over and receive a warm welcome here.
Joshka and Sophia. Journeymen cabinet makers from Germany. He was over five years on the road, she just about three and a half.
The tradition states that you leave home with the basics - some of your tools, a staff, your one set of clothes which denote your membership of a particular trades guild and no more than ten Euros. The minimum length of journey is three years and one day. You may - and should - go far and wide. You may return with no more money than you left with and must support yourself through your labours.
It’s no holiday, and although it’s now relatively uncommon it’s still a respected and widely understood rite of passage.
Zulfi and Greta of Vel-Oh - at home in the softness of a County Galway winter. Not shown: Zeppelin the (old) King Charles Spaniel.Read More
Gosia and Ian. Polish and English. Living in County Clare since May 2018. They aren’t here (just) because of Brexit, but they may not go back to the UK because of it.Read More