Greetings From The Irish in Australia:
an international, collaborative project that celebrates the Gathering 2013. http://greetingsfromtheirishinaustralia.wordpress.com/
Dr Annemarie Murland and Kiera OToole, together with academics and artists from a range of tertiary institutions within Australia provide a collective overview of what it means to be Irish, home and away in the form of an edited book entitled: Greetings from the Irish in Australia.
Providing a platform to present old and new mechanisms for understanding Irishness within an Australian and universal context is the work of Annemarie Murland who, although Scottish by birth identifies with Irish culture through her Irish heritage. Gareth Jenkins and Allan Chawner. Jenkins, who was born in the UK but after living in Ireland for 12 years, considers himself to be an Irish resident. Chawner’s story is emblematic of the Irish Australian narrative. Chawner’s grandfather was an Irish immigrant, arriving in Australia in 1886 and Chawner, now an Irish citizen is exploring his Irishness and to quote Chawner, ‘my home that I have never been to’.
Moreover, there are the first generation decedent of Irish migrants living in Australia whose stories are integral to the raison d’etre of this undertaking. Fiona Doyle was born in Ireland but grew up in Western Australia; she states that she felt disorientated when she returned to live in Ireland when she was seventeen. Perry McIntyre, Dymphna Lonergan and Siobhan McHugh are all Irish migrants whose life work examines Irishness from afar. Finally, there is me. I have lived in NSW for eight years but remain resolutely Irish in my sense of identity and belonging elsewhere?
Our collective stories offer a glimpse into the Irish in Australia in 2013 and our wish is this: to remind the Irish at ‘home’, that we are here, in Australia, writing, visualizing, deliberating and contributing to the Irish story.