At Home In Ireland follows Kathleen’s first-hand experience moving her entire family overseas from the U.S. to Ireland, adapting to and embracing a new culture and a new way of life. It is filled with heartwarming stories, adventure, and humorous anecdotes. At 357 pages, the book is segmented into 34 short chapters, each focused on a significant turning point in Kathleen’s life.
“I wanted to share my experience moving, raising a family, and starting a business abroad as a thank-you to the people of this enigmatic country. Life among the Irish forces you to focus, as they do, on what really matters. Seven years in Waterford gave me the foundation upon which I’ve built my life.”
A coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever dreamed of fairy-tale adventures in the Old World
“I was an inadvertent immigrant to the Emerald Isle in the age of the Celtic Tiger, a time when great amounts of wealth were being generated, more money than this island had ever known. Since I’d arrived with my new husband, my 8-year-old daughter, and my business plan, the Irish had been busy covering their ancient green land with suburban track homes, shopping malls, and fast-food franchises. Local pubs were being replaced by multi-story dance clubs, and discount mortgage brokers were opening offices in every town and village across the land.
“Ireland, like me, had a deep yearning for acknowledgement. She, like me, ached to compete in the global business arena. Over the seven years I lived in this country, I watched it race enthusiastically in the direction of its own demise, speeding toward an economic cliff.
“But I’m getting ahead of my story.
“How did I end up in Ireland in the first place? As is too often the case, the answer to that question had to do with a man…”
Kathleen has moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets across three continents.
She’d been editor and publisher of a magazine focused on options for Americans interested in living and investing overseas.
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