My Father Left Me Ireland: The complexity of Irish-American identity

Review: A letter from Peter Quinn to the author reflecting on what it is to be Irish

Morristown, New Jersey, USA - March 9, 2013: Formation leaders carry flags at the Saint Patrick's Day festival

Morristown, New Jersey, USA - March 9, 2013: Formation leaders carry flags at the Saint Patrick's Day festival

Dear Michael,

Although I’m as old as or older than the father to whom your letters are addressed, I can’t write back the way he could. But since you and I share an Irish-American heritage, I thought I’d send along some reflections.

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