It takes a lot to make get me emotional these days. But I’ll confess that a lump formed in my throat and my eyes moistened as I watched the first two citizenship ceremonies ever to take place in Cork. It was emotional for the new ‘citizens’ as well. In the top picture here you can see them celebrate in the vibrant cultural tradition that’s going to so enrich our lives, and those of our descendants (assuming they’re still in Ireland).
And who could not be moved by the sight of Mohammed Kano from Nigeria, surrounded by his five wives and forty three children, as he pledged undying fealty to ‘the laws and customs of Ireland’. Indeed, his gratitude was so great that he offered all present the opportunity to make gains of 1000% percent in return for just a brief and modest lodgement to his bank account. He’s the kind of citizen that we want.
The discovery that all present had had their pockets picked by some of the new Romanian gypsy citizens undoubtedly put a bit of a damper on proceedings. But not for long. This was all forgotten as the ‘New Irish’ jumped on the bandwagon (second picture down)and headed over to the Social Welfare office to collect their very first welfare cheque as Irish citizens.
What a proud moment for all.
And interestingly, and by strange coincidence, they passed on their way the latest cohort of young Irish graduates (bottom picture) fleeing the country before it collapses into economic ruin, shouting ‘last one out turn off the lights’.
Isn’t that amazing?