2,500 year old fort

On being Irish

One of my favourite definitions of being Irish is about having the ability to tell a man to go to hell in such a way that he looks forward to the trip…

We are indeed inclined to tell people to go to hell on occasion… And we are also inclined towards playfulness and poetry… The language of our soul is evocative. It has evolved over millennia. Our stories, our words, have been passed down from generation to generation to generation. …


“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell

In October 1994 I emigrated from the west coast of Ireland and started working as a press brake operator at a Southside Chicago factory. In January 2016 I became president of a 65 year old sheet metal fabrication company. The path has not always been smooth, but it has been fun — mostly!

This journey, which is far from over, was not pre-ordained. The leaving behind of one culture — the Irish zeitgeist of fun, conversation, craic, volatile political perspectives, and a particular happiness based on who you are and who you know more than on what you have or…


One cool March morning this year Pandora, the music streaming app, suggested I might like the music station “Americana.” For those unfamiliar with Americana, it’s a musical style that is based in folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, rock and roll, and bluegrass. Quintessentially American sounds that draw their deep roots from African heritage, and northern European, including Irish, musicianship. It was an appropriate day for Pandora to suggest such a station because that was the day I took the Pledge of Allegiance in downtown Chicago and became a citizen of the United States of America. I have now…

Colin Cosgrove

Full time husband. Occasional essayist. Father.

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