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Meeting Maire.

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Meeting Maire. It's been an exhausting voyage for 22-year-old Maire, who only last week checked into a 50 cent a night Brooklyn hotel. With the New York skyline ahead of us and Central Park in the rear of our view, we sip coffee in a tawdry caf´┐Ż. Wearing a beautiful modest Irish tailored flowered frock, she plays with her long dark hair as she tells me about her experiences in Ireland on this blazing hot American afternoon. Her mannerisms are strikingly peculiar, but she is very polite and cordial, maintaining her humble Irish stance. Squinting from the rays of sunshine, which rages through the murky windows, she sips her coffee and excuses herself as she fortuitously spills a little on the dark russet stool. But our already-stained grubby table allows me to feel lowlier and I begin to relate to the adverse life of Maire. However, we equally enjoy our exquisite backdrop, which also makes me realise why migrants like Maire arrive in America. ...read more.


I feel... I have left a lot behind and that I will be unwanted if I ever decided to go back to Ireland... like I have committed treason - that also scares me!" For a short duration Maire did find some happiness. In fact it was only an evening later that she fell for an English soldier - Yolland. "Oh he was a great crack! Even though I hadn't an idea of what was coming out of his mouth. I could feel the sensations of his lyrical words... so passionate." It become apparent that Maire's sweetheart worked for the British government and it was his responsibility to survey the land and was positioned in Baile Beag, Maire's hometown. But he got more than he bargained for - he too fell for Maire. He not only fell in love with Maire, but also with the people themselves, the land and the Irish way of life. ...read more.


"Yup, it was love. But I guess I over stayed my welcome in that village after they heard of my affair with an Englishman. It was time to come to America. It's what I had always wanted. Here or London... but after my endurance in that liaison, I decided that America was the ultimate place. The American Dream that was waiting for me. Yes, it was waiting for me. She continues to gaze In my mind we had a joint vision for each other. I could achieve my happiness and offer America work. And here I am. We are both happy now. America and I." I was totally astounded by what I just heard. At first, it was just an ordinary statement, but on second thought, it at last dawned on me the struggle this woman must have been through. Maire came to a point in her life when "fed up," sounded like an understatement from someone who battled through hardships, which is exactly what Maire is. ...read more.

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