1. says

    Maureen and PZ appear very relaxed and engaged in deep conversation at the restaurant / bar table by the window. The building captured outside is Foras Na Gaeilge. The centre promotes the Irish language. According to Wiki, PZ has partial Irish blood, so he might just feel at home there!

  2. Maureen Brian says

    Thanks, Marie-Thérèse. It’s a great photo and it was a very good conversation. The gathering of the diaspora, perhaps, as I’m entitled to an Irish passport – my mother was born in Belfast before partition!

  3. says

    Maureen: You’re welcome. Mary Robinson famously put a symbolic light in the kitchen window in Áras an Uachtaráin, (the candle in the window) to remember the Irish Diaspora. So here’s to ‘the gathering of the diaspora’ seated ‘by the window’, where the natural light of day came in, at an International conference on ‘Empowering Women’.

    Hope you take advantage of dual citizenship. It would certainly come in handy, as the Irish passport is well known for its acceptance in countries that other passports are not as welcome because of its neutrality.

    @Matt Penfold:

    I concur!

  4. Matt Penfold says

    The BBC makes use of the fact the Irish passport may allow the holder to enter a country that a British passport holder might have problems entering. Which is why so many of their foreign correspondents are Irish, or have sufficient Irish ancestry to get a passport.

  5. says

    @Matt. Foreign correspondents is a good example of what I had in mind in relation to the Irish passport.

    In 2011, the Sunday Times had an article reckoning that the Irish Passport was the 2nd most valuable travel document (after Swiss) due to Irish neutrality etc. It mentioned how British and US security contractors in the middle east were desperately studying family trees to see if they are eligible.


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