St. Patrick’s Day and The Irish Abroad

When I found out it was my turn to write this week’s blog I was nervous. The first blog I wrote was about a cyber-bullying incident in school, and how even though it was dealt with “correctly” by the school, preventing such incidents by changing the behaviour at a younger age should be a higher priority. So that blog was easier for me to write.

So in my search for a topic to write about, St. Patrick’s day has come and past and the whole world celebrated Ireland, the Irish and our culture. Monuments around the world were lit up green, parades were held, and it was a another great day to be proud to be Irish.

pictures from Tourism Ireland


pictures from Tourism Ireland
Photo by H. Warren

And that’s where I drew my inspiration for this short piece.

Ireland, the Irish, and the Irish abroad.

Unfortunately emigration and Ireland go hand in hand. Since the famine, generation after generation has left the Emerald Isle in search of work abroad. 70 million people across the world now claim Irish ancestry. Even Barack Obama has claimed Irish ancestry! Emigration is not something to be proud of; it has always been an economic necessity due to a succession of ineffective governments, with often the best and brightest Ireland has to offer enriching the culture and economy of the country they emigrate to. The social aspect of leaving Ireland is very real and very emotional for those leaving and those left behind because Home is always Home wherever you end up living. Fortunately it is now easier to remain in touch with our loved ones with the emergence of social media.

And that’s where I yet again, will introduce you to CyberSmarties.

The world is a big place when your family is on the other side of it, but social media can bring us closer together. As we are in talks with schools across the globe, we are giving Irish schools the opportunity to link up with other schools world wide, via our social network, and giving your children their first opportunity to connect with cousins their own age, on a locked down, safe social network designed for them! How nice would it be for your son or daughters family in Australia, Canada, the US or wherever they now live, having the ability for their kids to communicate with kids from the very school they went to themselves. That will create a link far better and stronger than a postcard or email; it is something tangible, something real, something that brings them back home. Joint projects can be shared and maybe even trips; we are only limited by our own imagination as to how far we can grow this. So if you have a son or daughter, brother or sister abroad with kids of primary school age, ask them to get in touch with us and we will get them in touch with their home school here in Ireland. Lets make the world a smaller place. Please contact us at or visit


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