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Does my new passport make me look European?

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So, I’m pretty pleased. After almost three years of paperwork, I’ve finally obtained my Irish passport! I am officially a citizen of Ireland – indeed, it says so right in my new document. Nationality: Irish. Place of birth: Canada (by some unfortunate accident.)

Description: Woman of the World.

Now, this doesn’t mean I’m giving up on being a Canadian. Not at all – I’ve always been very proud to wear the Maple Leaf. But at the same time, I’ve always wanted to be a European. Whatever that means!

My quest for an Irish passport/European Union passport began soon after my dear old dad passed on in 2005. I really, really miss him. Only after his death did I discover that because Dad was born in Ireland, I, as the child of an Irish citizen, was also an Irish citizen.

That got me thinking: why not get an Irish passport, both as a way of remembering my Dad, but also as a step towards perhaps someday living and working in Europe. Isn’t that a nice balance of sentimentality AND practicality? Very Irish AND very Canadian qualities, I would say.

So for now, I’m just enjoying possession of this document (written in both Gaelic, or Gaeilge, and English) to go along with my Canadian passport (written in both French and English.)

Perhaps it will help me open some employment doors in Europe, or at least the doors of some yet-to-be discovered relatives in County Donegal.

Comments (24)

Kathryn:

go bhfuil an uamhnach

Vicky:

Oh! How great!! I envy you.

Barb Cabot:

I think that's wonderful! It gives you a certain kind of advantage. I wish my children could have an Italian passport.

sandrac:

Hi Kathryn, go raibh maith agat!

Thanks, Vicky.It is kind of cool.

Barb, an Italian passport would also be pretty wonderful.

Jane:

Sandra, congratulations. That is so wonderful and I am so envious.

Anne:

Oh how fantastic! My UK siblings get to have dual citizenship because our Dad was born in Canada and their mom born in England. I'd love to have a British passport, but no such luck. I bet this will open some doors. I'm thrilled for you!

Wow! Good for you!

sandrac:

Thanks very much, Jane and Leslie!

Anne, it is interesting to have dual citizenship. I'm not sure, practically, what it will mean. But now, I'm feeling impatient to visit Ireland!

Congratulations, that is very cool.

How cool! I want to be European too:)

Brad'll Do It:

One VERY practical aspect of your new citizenship will be your ability to open a EURO checking account! But now you will have the difficult decision of whether it will be in Italy or Ireland. Hmmmm... will you only be travelling to countries that begin with the letter "I"? If so, I heard Iceland just made an ash of itself; so, you want to wait until that blows over (so to speak).

Goodness, this shows the depths to which some will go to no longer be represented by Stephan Harper!

Congratulations!

sandrac:

Thanks Annie and Candi. It DOES feel pretty cool!

Brad, the euro account intrigues....I should check that out! Especially now, when the exchange rate is somewhat favourable. And shame on you, for picking on poor luckless Iceland, as it lurches from crisis to crisis. :)

Jerry, that's the best spin I've heard in a long time!! I'm going to use that one.

Congratulations! This is very exciting news! I think this may get you in a few museums at a discount.

sandrac:

Thanks for the tip, Girasoli -- I hadn't thought of that! I must start paying attention to notices of any EU discounts!

Shelagh (SJ):

Good work!
My parents are British, so when I was a student in Scotland, I had a Certificate of Patriality in my Canadian passport.
The best part is not having to wait in line at Immigration in the UK airports, with 250 other tired and grumpy Canadians from your incoming flight!
You just go through the UK line-up.
Also, you don't have to pay entry visas for some countries, like Turkey!
(Oh, that doesn't begin with "I".)

Congratulations! Aside from the emotional connections (well, and hereditary) it will be interesting to see what benefits this will give you?

Brad'll Do It:

So, here's a thought... you leave Canada, and show your Canadian passport. You arrive in a EU country, and go through the EU line, and do the reverse on your return. No one would ever know if you landed or not. Can you do that? That would be cool.

sandrac:

Hi Shelagh, thanks! It would be nice to zip through Customs lines. For once. And I forgot about visas in places like Turkey -- I remember being quite taken aback when I arrived in Istanbul with no money to pay for an entry visa, and having to scramble around to find an ATM (I hadn't done my research.)

I wonder, menehune -- I've started looking for discounted museum entries, and nothing as yet. Maybe I should post on Slow Travel and see if anyone has suggestions.

Intriguing idea, Brad; very Jason Bourne-esque. Except with my luck, I'd wind up disavowed by both countries! On the other hand, I'd be marooned in Italy; where better to live in exile......

That is very exciting! Congratulations.

Congratulations. That is so cool that you are able to get the Irish passport. Unfortunately, my Irish grandfather was born in Idaho so I don't qualify.

Kathy (trekcapri):

Hi Sandra, congratulations on receiving your Irish passport. How very cool for you to be European with your Irish passport. And what a wonderful way to remember your father.

I hope that this will open many doors and new possibilities for you in the future. How very exciting for you. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week.

sandrac:

Thanks Palma!

Marta, that's a shame -- mind you, I know so little (at this point)about my family history in Ireland that my Dad might just as well have been born in the U.S.!

Hi Kathy, thanks very much! It is cool, and I hope to learn much more about family's history in Ireland!

How exciting, Sandra! Congrats!

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