Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Dirty Old Sod

My maternal grandfather left Ireland (northern Ireland, to be exact) about 100 years ago to work in Scotland, and soon after came to America. Ireland was such a beautiful country, I opined, so why would anyone want to leave and come to Pittsburgh? My relatives told me that it was because there was nothing there -- no jobs, no opportunities, no future. My grandfather would not have wanted to go back, and as far as I know, he never did.

The Tribune-Review's Mike Seate learned the hard way that today's Irish-born Americans share my grandfather's feelings. When you leave the old sod behind, you really leave it behind. And the old peat, as well. Mike's column is good, light reading so go check it out.

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