In the first week of the course, we were introduced to Irish History & its impact on Irish Identity.
It is true that key events in Irish History have help to shape Irish consciousness & naturally and nationally Irish people connect with these events in history. These events have included but are not confined to the invasions & assimilation of Celtic, Viking, Norman & English people, the influences of Christianity introduced by St Patrick, the consequences of the plantation policy, the catastrophic events of the Great Famine, the impact of the Anglo-Irish Treaty & Ireland's long history of emigration.
Migration is a phenomenon of our time & has always been a strong feature of life for Ireland due to the huge numbers who have emigrated away from the country. But with the ease in which today's technology & communication allows us to connect like never before, we are now able to be engaged in the country where we live but also stay closely connected to our home country.
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Irish President Michael D. Higgins speaking on the theme of Identities & transformation insists that “Culture is fundamental to any considerations of Identity & that our notions of Identity should always be open to discovery, amplification, revision, adaptation and that it should never be monolithic, one dimensional or static”