Leaving Ireland

Our last class yesterday was emotional, I would cry as my friend Alex did if I know I will not meet this group again. “Mountains never meet, but people do.” It is an honor and pleasure to get to know you guys.

My stay in Dublin was a pleasant one, and I would like to thank you guys for making this trip special.

In our way back to Chicago, looking from the window of the plane, seeing the green countryside, made me sure I had a lovely experience in Ireland.

I liked how green this country is; some Arab people say’s, “people who live in green places are very kind people.”

Our second and last week in Dublin, we got a chance to visit the Kilmainham Gaol, a prison that witnessed critical events in Ireland modern history. The next day we visited Griffith College, which also was a prison one day.

I will give Belfast an A; I liked Dublin and its people, but Belfast for me was turning point. The credit goes to Andrew our tour guide who gave us a new history class, I needed it.

I’m lucky in different ways because I had to wait until the last day to finish my project, it could go wrong, thank God all went well.

Though I did a story about racism in Ireland and immigration, I’m still convinced Irish people are lovely people; loves to joke and I never had a bad experience.

On Thursday when I covered the Islamophobia event, I knew more about the connection between Palestine and Ireland, as most of the people there went to Palestine, participated in breaking the siege on Gaza flotillas or helping Palestine through different means.

In the same event, I was saddened that some Irish people will practice racism against people trying to offer their kids a safe place to live, I was shocked that Irish people at a particular time had to prove their whiteness, because, in the 80s of last century, all Catholic Irish were considered terrorist.