American artist (painter) who has spent a lot of time in Ireland, most recently 2 months fellowship in Ballycastle, Mayo. Tho non-Irish name, have Irish great grandparents on both sides. Love Eire music, people, country. Play guitar and banjo, want to get back there asap. Hope to maybe get a show there some day.
I won't judge you for your country's antics. After all my country's lot have been in bed with Bush for a long time now...
I'm with you on trying to stay connected with Ireland too! (My ancestry is maternal Irish, paternal English and Welsh and Scots!!- those Celts sure got around.)
I envy your fellowship in Eire! Next time I take a painting trip there I expect I'll be paying my own way tho'.